F-105 "Thunderchief"

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F-105 Thunderchief

Design work began on the F-105 in 1951. It was to be a single-seat supersonic fighter-bomber capable of carrying a heavy load of conventional and nuclear bombs at high speeds over long range. The first of two YF-105A prototypes, powered by a Pratt and Whitney J57 engine, exceeded Mach 1 during its initial flight on 22 October 1955. The production version was the F-105B fighter-bomber powered by the new Pratt and Whitney YB-75-P-3 engine, developing 25,000 pounds of thrust with afterburner. The first “B” model flew on 26 May 1956. The Tactical Air Command 335th Fighter Squadron received the F-105B’s in May 1958. The F-105D is known as the “Thud” and was used extensively in Southeast Asia as a fighter-bomber. The “D” version is powered by a 26,500-pound thrust J75-P-19W Pratt and Whitney engine with water injection and afterburner. It is an all-weather day and night fighter-bomber with a nearly automatic weapons system. Production was completed in 1964.

This aircraft represents the aircraft flown by Lieutenant Colonel James Robinson (Robbie) Risner, Commander 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron (Fighting Cocks) of the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, stationed at Danang AB, Republic of Vietnam (RVN), January – September 1965. Colonel Risner was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese on 16 September 1965. Eight years later, he was released along with other POWs as the result of the 28 January 1973 agreement. Brigadier General Risner is a Korean ace, 1952-53 (then Major), for eight MiG-15 kills, while attached to the 336th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Group as an F-86 pilot.cursus.


Manufacturer: Republic Aviation
Wing Span: 34′ 11″
Length: 63′ 1″
Height: 19′ 8″
Empty Weight: 27,500 lbs.
Quantity Produced: 833
Speed: 1,254 mph
Range: +2,000 miles
Altitude: 50,000 ft
Power Plant: Pratt & Whitney J75-P-3 with afterburner
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