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Republic F-105D Thunderchief

Designed to be a supersonic tactical bomber, the F-105 was one of the last of Republics “Thunder” jets successor to WWII's P-47 Thunderbolt and the Korean conflict’s F-84 Thunderjet, the F-105 Thunderchief or “Thud” was one of the “Century Series” fighters.

During the Vietnam War the Thud spent most of it’s time as a bomber, but they did manage to shoot down at least 29 MiGs.  

In an effort to improve all weather and night bombing accuracy of the F-105 the Thunderstick II program was developed.  By installing Long Range Navigation radar (LORAN) and fine tuning associated systems, they were able to get bombs to within 50’ of the target from 15,000 ft.  All of the T-Stick II aircraft were easily identifiable by the added saddleback spine seen here.  

Following service with the 561st TFS, out of McConnell AFB, Kansas, all surviving Thunderstick II aircraft were transferred to the 457th TFS of the Air Force Reserve and were retired by the end of 1981.  

This F-105 accumulated 4,478 flying hours during her illustrious career.

Service History of 60-0471

  • Delivered: June 12, 1961
  • June 1961 - 36th TFW, USAFE, Hahn AB and Ramstein AB, West Germany with deployments to Bitburg AB, West Germany and Wheelus AB, Libya
  • Jan 1966 - 49th TFW, USAFE, Spandahlem AB, West Germany with deployments to Bitburg AB, West Germany and Wheelus AB, Libya
  • Oct 1966 - 23rd TFW, TAC, McConnell AFB, KS with deployments to George AFB, CA
  • July 1972 - 561st TFS, TAC, McConnell AFB, KS (modified to Thunderstick II standard)
  • Sept 1972 - 506th TFG, AFRes, Carswell AFB, TX
  • Feb 1976 - 457th TFS, AFRes, Carswell AFB, TX
  • Nov 1981 - To AMARC, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ and dropped from the inventory
MFG: Republic Aviation

First Produced: 1959

Powerplant: (1) P&W J75-19W

Thrust: 26,000 lbs

Service Ceiling: 52,000 ft

Cruise: 584 mph

Top Speed: 1,480 mph

Range: 1,850 miles

Empty Weight: 26,855 lbs

Gross Weight: 52,838 lbs

Wing Span: 34’11”

Wing Area: 385 sq. ft

Length: 64’3”

Height: 19’8”

Armament: (1) M61 20 mm

canon, more than 12,000 lbs of


Number Built: 833 total

30 T-Stick II variants