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USAF Republic F-105 Thunderchief nuclear and conventional strike supersonic tactical fighter bomber
The Republic F-105 Thunderchief or "Thud" was most famous for the part it played in the Vietnam War delivering conventional weapons even though it was designed as a nuclear strike supersonic tactical fighter bomber for a potential European Cold War conflict with the Soviet Union. It could reach Mach 2. It was a a mid-wing monoplane with a 45° swept wing and tail surfaces. The nose housed the multi-mode radar. At the time it was the largest single seater fighter ever built. It’s size enabled more fuel and ammunition for its 20 mm rotary nose cannon to be carried along with bombs or a single nuclear weapon. It could carry other air-to-ground munitions, such as napalm canisters and 70 millimeter (2.75 inch) unguided rocket pods. It could also carry four AIM-9 Sidewinder AAMs, with a special rack allowing two to be carried on a single stores pylon.
The Republic F-105 Thunderchief could carry up to five tons of bombs. It did most of the USAF's bombing missions in the Vietnam war. It normally carried a cargo of eight 750-pound bombs. Though primarily a ground attack aircraft it could defend itself and engage in air to air dog fights. The F105 is credited with shooting down several MiG-17s and MiG-21s over Vietnam. The USAF awarded the Republic Corporation a contract to build the F105 in 1952. It first flew on 26th May 1956 and entered service in January 1959 and was finally retired after over 800 were produced in 1984. The Republic F-105 Thunderchief was replaced by the F-4 Phantom II in its strike role. The F-105 could take a lot of punishment and come back home. It was generally liked by the pilots. The major complaint against the F-105 was that it needed a long runway to get into the air. It was not very maneuverable but it could fly very fast at low altitude. Flak and surface to air missiles SAMs were the greatest hazard to F105s. 312 Thunderchiefs were shot down by this ground fire compaired with 22 F105s claimed as having been shot down by North Vietnamese MiGs. The F-105 Republic Thunderchief is credited with 27.5 MiG Kills. 24.5 of these kills were by cannon which contrasts with the kill records of the Vought F-8 Crusader and the F-4 Phantom, in which most kills were achieved with missiles
Military Airforce Fighter Bomber Aircraft - Airshow Photos
There are many International Air Tattoos and air shows like the one at Fairford Air Base, Duxford, Farnborough, Biggin Hill, Cosford, Eastbourne AirShow, Abingdon UK air show, Boscombe Down UK air shows, Greenham Common, Mildenhall air fete where you can have fun with all the family looking at static aviation displays as well as the acrobatics in the air. You can see many of these planes, Supermarine spitfire, tornado, battle of Britain fighters, warbirds, vulcan,, Lancaster, lightning, mosquito, Eurofighter, VC10, DC10 Shackleton, jaguar, typhoon, sabre, super sabre, delta dart, talon, phantom, falcon, thunderbirds, eagle. Learjet, lockheed, Douglas, McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle, McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II USMC, Vought F4U-5NL Nite-Corsair, McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk USMC, Lockheed HC-130H Hercules, Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Curtiss P-40E Warhawk. North American P-51D Mustang, Republic P-47B/D Thunderbolt Razorback, Bell P-39D Airacobra , Northrop P-61B Black widow, Martin B-26B/C Marauder, North American B-25B/C Mitchell, B-24J Liberator, Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Zero, Hawker Hurricane, Junkers Ju 52, Messerschmitt Me 110C, Messerschmitt Bf 109E, Focke Wulf Fw 190A, Panavia Tornado RAF, Grumman A-6A Intruder, Grumman F-14A Tomcat, Douglas F-18A Hornet USN, Lockheed S-3B Viking, Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, Lockheed C-130H Hercules, Lockheed C-5A/B Galaxy to name but a few
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