Thunderchief

Mike Machat, Mick Roth and Dennis R. Jenkins
Item #85060

The complete history of the Republic F-105 with foreword by Colonel Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson. Jr USAF (Ret.)

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Thunderchief provides a level of detail unseen in any previous work on the F- 105 including the complete history of the aircraft in every sense of the term. See the new recently declassified Air Force material about the F-105’s unique and highly dangerous Wild Weasel missions during the Vietnam War. Read all about its original days as a nuclear fighter bomber and the modifications needed to make it effective in a modern air-defense environment. As of 2018, there is not a single flyable Thunderchief but at least 100 of them are available to be admired in museums.

Rare archival Air Force documentation, original Republic factory and photos never seen by the public featured. 78 illustrations, 272 B/W and 224 color photographs included. Please see table of contents for chapter-by-chapter details.

 

Publisher : Specialty Press

Author: Mike Machat, Mick Roth and Dennis R. Jenkins
Size: 10" X 10"
Pages: 300
Color photos: 224
Black & White photos: 272
Illustrations: 78
Table of Contents

Foreword

4

Preface

6

Acknowledgments

7

Chapter One: Strange Road Taken – The YF-105A

9

XF-103

F-105

Gatling Gun

Authority to Proceed

RF-105

Cook-Craigie Concept of Concurrency

YF-105A

The NACA

Sonic Booms

North American F-107A

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter Two: In Production – The F-105B

43

F-105B

MA-8

Flight Tests

Operations

RF-105B/JF-105B

F-105C

Thunderbirds

Chapter Three: Real Thunderchiefs – The F-105D/F

79

F-105D

Thunderstick II

RF-105D

F-105E

F-105F: Finally, a Two-Seater

F-105G: Take One

F-105H

Block-35

F-105G: Take Two

Other Stillborn Thunderchiefs

72

Chapter Four: Jungle Warfare – Southeast Asia

119

MiGs

Route Packages

North Vietnamese Radar Threats

SA-2 Surface-to-Air Missile System

Electronic Countermeasures

Continued Carnage

Commando Nail

Combat Martin

Combat Skyspot

The End

Chapter Five: Wild Weasels – The F-105F/G

154

Wild Weasel II

Wild Weasel IA

Wild Weasel III

Chapter Six: Airframe and Systems – The Details

207

Epilogue: The End –Thud Out

Appendix A: Serial Number List

Appendix B: Loss List

Appendix C: Notes and Citations

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