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Friday, May 28, 2021

F-105 Thunderchief

Republic F-105 Thunderchief

Where are the air intakes? This is a jet powered aircraft, it's not rocket powered, so how does it breath?

Republic F-105 Thunderchief

Oh, there they are. Just couldn't see them in the first photo because of the angle.

Another jet fighter I am not familiar with. This one made a name for itself by flying at over Mach 2 way back in 1957. Until the advent of the F-35 it was the largest and heaviest single seat fighter in the world.

Republic made a little over 800 of these airplanes and almost half were lost in combat in the Vietnam war. Funny, but no one mentions how many of those pilots survived. I suspect it wasn't many. Over 5,000 helicopter pilots were killed in Vietnam, and those guys were Army, not Air Force.

Like the B-52s, the Thunderchief was used to bomb North Vietnam, and like the B-52s they operated out of Thailand, though at different air bases.

Vietnam Air War
including Thud Ridge

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