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Republic F-105D Thunderchief

Designed to be a supersonic all weather nuclear strike fighter during the “Cold War” period, the F-105 followed in the footsteps of Republic’s renowned P-47 Thunderbolt of WWII and their post-war F-84 jet aircraft.   All were Fighter Bombers which famously supported our troops on the ground.

Affectionately called the “Thud,” the ‘105' became the Air Force workhorse during the Viet Nam War, delivering 75% of ordinance.

Service History of 59-1759

  1. Delivered: January 31, 1961
  2. Feb 1961 - 4520th CCTW, TAC, Nellis AFB, NV
  3. Sept 1963 - Returned to Republic Aviation, Farmingdale, NY
  4. May 1964 - 23rd TFW, TAC, McConnell AFB, KS
  5. June 1965 - 355th TFW TFW, PACAF, Takhli RTAFB, Thailand
  6. Oct 1965 - 23rd TFW, TAC, McConnell AFB, KS
  7. Nov 1965 - 18th TFW, PACAF, Kadena AB, Japan
  8. Aug 1966 - 388th TFW, PACAF, Korat RTAFB, Thailand, with deployments to Takhli RTAFB, Thailand
  9. Oct 1969 - 355th TFW TFW, PACAF, Takhli RTAFB, Thailand
  10. Oct 1970 - 18th TFW, PACAF, Kadena AB, Japan
  11. April 1971 - 23rd TFW, TAC, McConnell AFB, KS
  12. Mar 1982 - To Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, 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, 8,000 lbs of internal and

6,000 lbs of external ordnance

Number Built: 833 total

610 D models