F-105 Thunderchief (Republic)
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The F-105 (affectionately nicknamed "Thud") evolved from a
project begun in 1951 by Republic Aviation to meet an Air Force requirement for a
supersonic tactical fighter-bomber that was capable of heavy weapons loads, high speeds
and long ranges. The prototype first flew on October 22, 1955, but the first production
aircraft, an F-105B, was not delivered to the USAF until 1958. The F-105D all-weather
strike fighter and the two-place F-105F dual-purpose trainer-fighter also were built
before F-105 production (833 aircraft) ended in 1964. No "C" or "E"
series were produced, and the "G"s were modified from F-105Fs.
Please read article by John D. Cugini on the F-105
Wing span: 34 ft. 11 in.
Length: 67 ft. 0 in.
Height: 20 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 54,580 lbs. max.
20mm Vulcan cannon plus 14,000 pounds of ordnance--conventional bombs, rocket packs,
missiles and special weapons
Engine: One Pratt & Whitney
J75-P-19W of 26,500 lbs. thrust with afterburner
Maximum speed: 831 mph
Cruising speed: 596 mph.
Range: 1,500 miles
Service Ceiling: 50,000 ft.
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