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Republic F-105 Thunderchief

Republic F-105 Thunderchief

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The Republic F105 Thunderjet was an American turbojet fighter-bomber aircraft. Originating as a 1944 United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)

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The Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) XC-142 was a tri-service tiltwing experimental aircraft designed to investigate the operational suitability of vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) transports. An XC-142A first flew conventionally on 29 September 1964, and on 11 January 1965, it completed its first transitional flight by taking off vertically, changing to forward flight and finally landing vertically. Its service sponsors pulled out of the program one by one, and it eventually ended due to a lack of interest after demonstrating its capabilities successfully.

Operational History

In 1959 the United States Army, Navy and Air Force began work on the development of a prototype V/STOL aircraft that could augment helicopters in transport-type missions. Specifically they were interested in designs with longer range and higher speeds than existing helicopters, in order to support operations over longer distances, or in the case of the United States Marine Corps, from further offshore. On 27 January 1961, a series of DOD actions resulted in an agreement where all of the military services would work on the Tri-Service Assault Transport Program under the Navy’s Bureau of Naval Weapons (BuWeps) leadership.

National originUnited States
ManufacturerRepublic Aviation
First flight22 October 1955
Introduction27 May 1958
Retired25 February 1984
Primary userUnited States Air Force
Number built833




F-105D 60-0508, formerly with 49th TFW, at Wings Over the Rockies Museum, Denver, Colorado
 United States

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 (F-105F: 2)
  • Length: 64 ft 4 34 in (19.628 m)
  • Wingspan: 34 ft 11 14 in (10.649 m)
  • Height: 19 ft 8 in (5.99 m)
  • Wing area: 385 sq ft (35.8 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 3.18
  • Airfoil: root: NACA 65A005.5; tip: NACA 65A003.7[109]
  • Empty weight: 26,855 lb (12,181 kg)
  • Gross weight: 35,637 lb (16,165 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 52,838 lb (23,967 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 770 US gal (640 imp gal; 2,900 l) in three flexible fuselage tanks + 390 US gal (320 imp gal; 1,500 l) weapon-bay tank, with provision for 1x 650 US gal (540 imp gal; 2,500 l) or 750 US gal (620 imp gal; 2,800 l) centerline drop tank and 2x 450 US gal (370 imp gal; 1,700 l) underwing drop tanks; Total maximum fuel 2,810 US gal (2,340 imp gal; 10,600 l)[108]
  • Zero-lift drag coefficient: CD 0.0173
  • Drag area: 6.65 sq ft (0.6 m2)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney J75-P-19W afterburning turbojet engine, 14,300 lbf (64 kN) thrust 26,500 lbf (117.88 kN) with afterburning and water injection



  • Maximum speed: 1,210 kn (1,390 mph, 2,240 km/h) / Mach 2.1 at 35,000 ft (10,668 m)
  • Combat range: 676 nmi (778 mi, 1,252 km)
  • Ferry range: 1,917 nmi (2,206 mi, 3,550 km)
  • Service ceiling: 48,500 ft (14,800 m)
  • Rate of climb: 38,500 ft/min (196 m/s)
  • Time to altitude: 35,000 ft (10,668 m) in 1 minute 42 seconds
  • Lift-to-drag: 10.4
  • Wing loading: 93 lb/sq ft (450 kg/m2)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.74


  • Armament

    • Guns: 1 × 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan 6-barreled Gatling cannon, 1,028 rounds
    • Hardpoints: 5 total: 4 × under-wing, 1 × centerline pylon stations plus an internal bomb bay with a capacity of up to 14,000 lb (6,400 kg) of ordnance,with provisions to carry combinations of:
    • Rockets:
      LAU-32/LAU-59 rocket pods with 7 x FFARs each
      Missiles:AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missilesAGM-12 Bullpup air-to-surface missilesAGM-45 Shrike anti-radiation missiles
      Bombs:M117 and Mark 80 series of general-purpose bomb

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The Republic F-105 Thunderchief was an American supersonic fighter-bomber used by the United States Air Force. Capable of Mach 2, it conducted the majority of strike bombing missions during the early years of the Vietnam War; it was the only American aircraft to have been removed from combat due to high loss rates