THUNDERCHIEF
THUNDERCHIEF

Manufacturer

REPUBLIC

Markings:

355th Tactical Fighter Wing, 44th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Takhli RTAFB, Thailand, 1969, "Big Sal." Flown by Captain John Hoffman, and named for his wife Sally.

Designation:

F-105D

Serial Number:

61-0086

REPUBLIC F-105D THUNDERCHIEF

Affectionately called "Thud" by its crews the Thunderchief was the first supersonic tactical fighter-bomber developed from scratch rather then from an earlier design. The F-105 was selected over the F-107 for production in a fly-off competition. The "D" model introduced all weather capability and was the most widely used and produced version with 610 built. The F-105 served throughout the Vietnam War dropping thousands of tons of bombs on North Vietnamese targets. Thuds continued in U.S. Air Force service until the early 1980s when the last of them were retired out of the Air National Guard.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 34 ft 11 in
  • Length: 64 ft 4 in
  • Height: 19 ft 8 in
  • Weight: 52,000 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 1,390 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 52,000 ft
  • Range: 2,070 miles
  • Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney J-75P-19W, 26,400 lbs thrust with afterburner
  • Crew: 1