The F-105 earned the nickname Thud after the character Chief Thunderthud on the Howdy
Doody TV show. The main mission of the F-105G was the detection and destruction of North
Vietnamese SAMs that would then allow other aircraft to safely carry out their assignments. In
order for the F-105Gs to do this they were always “First In Last Out” and piloted by volunteers.
The F-105 was the only U.S. aircraft withdrawn from combat due to high losses. Having flown
20,000 sorties over Vietnam 382 of the 833 F-105s produced were lost.
On April 19, 1967 Major Thorsness and Captain Johnson flew their F-105F Thunderchief 63-8301
along with their wingmen on a mission to destroy surface-to-air missile sites. They destroyed their
first objective and attacking the second SAM the wingman was hit by ground fire and the crew
bailed out. 63-8301 circled the parachutes to be able to give SAR their location. They spotted a
MiG-17 and destroyed it. Low on fuel Thorsness began to leave but returned to take on four MiG-
17s, destroying one while the other three fled.
Specifications for the Republic F-105D Thunderchief
The F-105F was a two-seat trainer version of the “D” but it was fully combat ready. It had a taller
tail, dual controls, an AN/APN-148 navigation radar
First flew 1963 with 143 produced.
Nick Names – Ultra Hog, Super Hog, Iron Butterfly, Lead Sled, Thud
Role – Fighter/Bomber
User Countries – U.S.A.
Crew – (1) pilot
Wingspan - 34 ft 11 in,
Length - 64 ft 3 in,
Height - 19 ft 8 in,
Wing Area - 385 sq. ft.
Engine- (1) Pratt & Whitney J75-P-19W turbojet, rated at 17,200 lb.s.t. dry and 26,500 lb.
s.t. with afterburner
Maximum speed -
1,420 mph at 38,000 ft
1,372 mph at 36,000 ft
1,122 mph at 50,000 ft
836 mph at sea level
Stall speed - 208 mph
Initial Climb Rate - 34,500 fpm (clean)
Service Ceiling - 32,100 ft
Combat Ceiling - 48,500 ft
Maximum Ceiling - 50,000 ft
Combat Range - 778 miles
Maximum Range with full external fuel – 2,208 miles
Normal Internal Fuel Load - 1,160 US gallons
Internal Weapons Bay - 390 US gallon auxiliary tank
Optional 450 or 650 US gallon external tanks on the fuselage centerline
Plus a 450 US gallon tank on each of the inboard under-wing pylons
Empty - 27,500 lbs
Combat - 35,637 lbs
Gross - 48,400 lbs
Maximum Take/Off - 52,546 lbs
(1) 20-mm M61A1 rotary cannon with 1028 rounds (fire rate 6,000 rpm)
Up to 8,000 lbs of ordnance could be carried in the internal weapons bay
An additional 6,000 lbs of ordnance could be carried on (4) under-wing pylons and (1)
rack under the fuselage center-line
Up to (4) AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles for self-defense
Up to (4) AGM-12 Bullpup (not very effective in Vietnam)
(1) Mk 28 or Mk 43 nuclear weapon
Up to (2) 3,000 lb bombs
Up to (5) 1,000 lb bombs
Up to (16) 750 lb bombs
Mk 77 napalm
2.75 in. rockets
|Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
63-8301, flown by Lt Col. Leo Thorsness,
355th TFW, 357th TFS, 17 April 1967
Superb detailing in 1/72 scale.
Pre-painted with pad applied markings.
Weapons that are not permanently attached.
Comes with crew figure.
Display stand included.
Option to display model with wheels up or down.
Minimum use of plastic.
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