Republic F-105G Thunderchief

A picture of the 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-105 introduced in 1963.  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 Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD), or “Wild Weasel” mission in 1965.  This mission involves the very dangerous job of attracting the attention of enemy air defenses, in particular that of 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.  The F-105G were retired from the Air National Guard in 1983.

Wingspan

34 ft 11 in .

Length

67 ft

Height

20 ft 2 in.

Weight

54,580 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

1,386 MPH

Service Ceiling

50,000 ft

Range

1,500 miles

Engine

One Pratt & Whitney J-75-P-19W, 26,500 pounds of thrust

Crew

2

Manufacturer
Republic

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

Serial Number
62-4427

Designation
F-105G

Pima Air & Space Museum

Creating unlimited horizons in aerospace education through the preservation and presentation of the history of flight.

Charity EIN: 86-6031135

Copyright © 2019
Website by CS Design Studios

Contact Info

520-574-0462

6000 E. Valencia Road Tucson, AZ 85756

Open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Daily Last admittance at 3:00pm