F-105B – 57-5782, 1964 “Thunderbirds”








F-105B – 57-5782, 1964 “Thunderbirds”

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General Background
The Republic F-105 Thunderchief first entered service in 1958. It had been designed for high-speed low-level penetration to deliver a nuclear bomb but was converted to deliver conventional payloads. It was the largest U.S. single-engined fighter ever made and could carry a greater bomb load than the B-17, B-24 or B-29. Best known for its action in Vietnam the F-105 flew over 20,000 combat missions with the loss of 382 aircraft out of the 833 produced.

The Aircraft
On June 1, 1953 the 3600th Air Demonstration Team was activated and later named “Thunderbirds”. In 1964 the USAF Thunderbirds selected the F-105B as their new aircraft replacing the F-100C. Nine specially modified Thunderchiefs arrived for the new season. After the sixth show of the season tragedy struck when Capt. Gene Devlin died when his F-105 broke apart while performing a high-G climbing maneuver prior to landing. Later that year the team returned to the F-100D variant and flew this until 1969 when they switched to the F-4 Phantom II.

Specifications:
Nick Names: Ultra Hog, Super Hog, Iron Butterfly, Lead Sled, Thud
Role: Fighter/Bomber
User Countries: U.S.A
Crew: (1) pilot

Performance:
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

Weight:
Empty: 27,500 lbs
Combat: 35,637 lbs
Gross: 48,400 lbs
Maximum Take/Off: 352,546 lbs

Fuel
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

Dimensions:
Wing Span: 34 ft 11 in.
Length: 64 ft 3 in.
Height: 19 ft 8 in.
Wing Area: 385 sq. ft.

Armament:
• (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 (2) 3,000 lb bombs
• Up to (5) 1,000 lb bombs
• Up to (16) 750 lb bombs
• Mk 77 napalm, ECM pods, 2.75 in. rockets