Republic F-105D 'Thunderchief'

Notes: Upgraded F-105B with water injection engine and advanced electronics. Supersonic ALL-WEATHER weapons delivery capability (1 CREW) .
  Base model:F-105
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Fighter

  Length: 64' 5" 19.6 m
  Height:19' 8" 5.9 m
  Wingspan: 34' 11" 10.6 m
  Gross Weight: 52,836 lb 23,962 kg
  Max Weight: 52,838 lb 23,962 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney J75-P-19W (A/B 24,500Lb

  Range: 1,840 miles 2,962 km
  Cruise Speed: 778 mph 1,252 km/h 676 kt
  Max Speed: 1,390 mph 2,238 km/h 1,209 kt
  Ceiling: 51,000 ft 15,544 m

Known serial numbers
58-1146 / 58-1148, 58-1149 / 58-1173, 59-1717 / 59-1757, 59-1758 / 59-1774, 59-1775 / 59-1816, 59-1817 / 59-1826 , 60-0409 / 60-0426 , 60-0427 / 60-0535 , 60-0536 / 60-0546 , 60-5374 / 60-5385 , 61-0041 / 61-0106 , 61-0107 / 61-0161 , 61-0162 / 61-0220 , 62-0221 / 62-0260 , 62-4217 / 62-4237 , 62-4238 / 62-4276 , 62-4277 / 62-4411

Examples of this type may be found at
Air Force Flight Test Center MuseumEdwards AFBCalifornia
Air Power Park and MuseumHamptonVirginia
Arnold Air StationArnold Air StatioTennessee
Blackbird AirparkPalmdaleCalifornia
DC ANG - 113rd FW, Andrews AFBAndrews AFBMaryland
Davis-Monthan AFBDavis-Monthan AFBArizona
Dyess Linear Air ParkDyess AFBTexas
Grissom Air Park - Heritage Museum FoundationGrissom AFBIndiana
Hill Aerospace MuseumHill AFBUtah
Holloman AFBHolloman AFBNew Mexico
Keesler AFB Air ParkKeesler AFBMississippi
Langley A.F.B. Air ParkLangley AFBVirginia
March Field Air MuseumRiversideCalifornia
Maxwell AFB Air ParkMaxwell AFBAlabama
McClellan Aviation MuseumMcClellan AFBCalifornia
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona
Pope AFBPope AFBNorth Carolina
Reflections of Freedom Historical Air ParkWichitaKansas
Seymour Johnson AFBSeymour Johnson ANorth Carolina
Sheppard AFB Air ParkSheppard AFBTexas
Travis Air Force MuseumTravis AFBCalifornia
USAF AcademyUSAF AcademyColorado
USAF Armament MuseumEglin AFBFlorida
USAF History and Traditions MuseumSan AntonioTexas
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio
Vance AFBVance AFBOklahoma
Virginia ANG - 192nd FG, RichmondRichmondVirginia
Wings Over The Rockies Aviation & Space MuseumDenverColorado

F-105D on display

Air Force Flight Test Center Museum

Air Power Park and Museum

Arnold Air Station

Blackbird Airpark

DC ANG - 113rd FW, Andrews AFB

Dyess Linear Air Park

Grissom Air Park - Heritage Museum Foundation

Hill Aerospace Museum

Keesler AFB Air Park

Langley A.F.B. Air Park

March Field Museum

Maxwell AFB Air Park


Recent comments by our visitors
 J.R. Price
 Kilmarnock, VA
Does anyone remember if the nickels the Thunderbirds flew for six shows in 1964 were Dee's or BEE's?
09/26/2015 @ 04:57 [ref: 69256]
 Jim Price
 Kilmarnock, VA
There were 610 F-105D's built
10/28/2013 @ 06:40 [ref: 68130]
 Jim Price
 Kilmarnock, VA
The rate of climb of the F-105D is 34,500 FPM.
03/22/2013 @ 10:17 [ref: 67674]
 Art Haughey
 Martinez, CA
I worked at the plant in Farmingdale as an AFCS Flight Line Tech. The period of time was 1/58-6/63. Am very familiar with the "B" and the "D", also the three JF-105's. There was a test program in 1958 at Eglin, in which our crew installed over 3000 strain gauges on JF-105 #2. I would debrief the 105 company pilots to better understand what problem they had encountered during the test flight. I was sent on road trips to various A/F bases, Edwards, Eglin, Brookley, and Seymour Johnson in the states, and Bitburg in Germany. It was a great job for a 19 year old kid to get in 1958. Republic Aviation, and the "Thunderchief" taught me my trade in aviation that lasted me all of my working life. We never heard of the "Thud" nickname back then.
03/19/2013 @ 19:11 [ref: 67670]
 E. Hensen
 , FL
Edward A. Hensen, now 91 as of this date, was one of the early Republic F-105 Test pilots, along with the likes of Carlton Ardery.
02/11/2013 @ 09:17 [ref: 67573]
 Dave Seaver
 Lees Summit, MO
Don Seaver, my father, was killed in a mid-air collision in May 1963. He was flying radar intercept tests when the crash occurred. There was lost of speculation as to the cause of the crash. I have a very poor copy of the crash investigation which doesn't really explain the cause other then my fathers plane hit the other F-105. The only thing I add add is my father was very distracted about the path his life had taken and as we all know a distracted pilot flying a high performance aircraft is a lethal combination. One of his best friends was an Airforce pilot named Carl Rowan who also flew out of Eglin in the late 50s early 60s. He was eventually killed flying for Air America in S. America and is buried in Arlington. He was highly decorated for his flying in Vietnam.
12/27/2012 @ 12:32 [ref: 67443]
 Jim Price
 Kilmarnock, VA
AS I recall, the f-105 flew with both the MER and the TER.
12/04/2012 @ 08:58 [ref: 67382]
 Tom DeWoody
 Dallas, TX
Weapons mechanic at Spangdahlem, 49th TFW, 1961-1964. We began transition from F-100 to F-105 in fall of 1961. Toolbox for F-100 armorers consisted of large screwdriver and medium rock. Complexity of F-105 armament system, and particularly linkless feed system for gun, nearly blew us away. We learned that in the event of an F-105 gun jam, the best fix was usually to remove entire system, including ammo drum, to shop, disassemble, inspect, gauge, and test all components, replace as necessary, and reassemble with a fresh load of ammo. We soon became quite good at doing this quickly.

I believe my load crew was the first in Europe to load a 105 with sixteen 750-pound bombs. This was for practice--Cold War load was internal. Keep hearing of pilot losses in other outfits, but up to time I rotated in January 1964, no 49 TFW pilots were killed flying F-105. P-47 that belonged to Republic flew into Spangdahlem on tour of F-105 bases, I believe in 1963. I suspect some of the older, German civilians in the area had flashbacks when the Jug came roaring over.
09/26/2012 @ 21:11 [ref: 67256]
 Perry Smith (Smitty)
 Caroleen, NC
I went to fire control school at Lowery AFB,(March 1970) and then to McConnell AFB, and was assigned to the 562nd TFS. I worked the F-105s radar, gunsight, & computer systems. The bombing computer consisted of synchros and servos and gear trains, and the procedure to align a properly working computer,took about 18 hours, and required a trailer full of test equipment. It was maintenance intensive, but so was everything else. I usually rode the launch truck to try quick fixes, prior to launch, if there was a problem with the fire control systems.

I was later assigned to the 113th CAM Squadron DC ANG as an air force adviser, to train the guardsmen to maintain the fire control systems.

Orders sent me to George AFB where I worked on the D,F & G modles. I liked the Thud, and thouroughly enjoyed debriefing the pilots after their flights.

USAF 1970-1978
US Navy 1978-1991
06/26/2012 @ 19:11 [ref: 62807]
 Andy Miller
 Lebanon, MO
I was at Keesler AFB 01/10/1960 until 02/12/1961 in RBS school.
I remember us loosing a couple of F105s due to loss of control in a full power dive and the plane going over 125 feet deep into the ground. We are wanting to destroy a facility 200 feet below ground, why not resurrect one of those F105 adapt to remote control load a bunker buster bomb on board. Now all we have to do is dive the F105 at full power over 1500 MPH into the ground and make sure the bunker buster proceeds another 75 feet mission accomplished.
03/06/2012 @ 02:41 [ref: 53869]


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