THUNDERCHIEF
THUNDERCHIEF

Manufacturer

REPUBLIC

Markings:

35th Tactical Fighter Wing, George AFB, California, 1979

Designation:

F-105G

Serial Number:

62-4427

REPUBLIC F-105G 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 F-105F is a slightly larger two-seat version of the F-105D. Both cockpits are virtually identical and the aircraft can be flown from either one. The addition of the second crewman was intended to reduce the workload on the individual crewmen. The F-105F was adapted to the "Wild Weasel" mission in 1965. This mission involves the very dangerous job of attracting the attention of enemy air defenses, in particular radar-guided surface-to-air missiles so that the aircraft can locate and destroy the ground radars. The F-105G is a modified and improved F-105F that was introduced in 1967. 

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 34 ft 11 in
  • Length: 67 ft
  • Height: 20 ft 2 in
  • Weight: 54,580 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 1,386 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 50,000 ft
  • Range: 1,500 miles
  • Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney J-75P-19W, 26,500 lbs thrust with afterburner
  • Crew: 2