Republic F-105G Thunderchief

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

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