|Empty Weight:||27,500 lbs.|
|Gross Weight:||53,000 lbs.|
|Maximum Speed:||1,390 mph|
|Powerplant:||Pratt & Whitney J-75-P-19W|
Courtesy of the Connecticut Air National Guard
In 1951 a project was begun at Republic to develop a supersonic tactical fighter-bomber, which resulted in the F-105 "Thunderchief." Its first flight was in late 1955 with the first aircraft delivered to the U.S. Air Force in mid-1958. With the ability to fly at Mach 2, this aircraft was capable of carrying conventional and nuclear weapons internally, as well as externally. At the time, it was the heaviest and most complex fighter in the Air Force's inventory.
The F-105 was one of the primary attack aircraft during the Vietnam War, where over 20,000 sorties were flown. In service in Vietnam it gained its commonly known nickname of "Thud" by its crews. In Vietnam it sustained a very high loss rate with 382 aircraft lost out of 833 produced. It was eventually removed from combat as a fighter-bomber due to its high loss rate. The "Wild Weasel," enemy defense suppression variants, remained in service until the end of the Vietnam War.
This early example, the 18th of only 75 "B" models produced, served from 1958 until 1981 with the USAF and the Air National Guard.
Please contact if you have any information or comments on, or recollections of the Republic F-105.
Source: National Museum of the Air Force