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2 Wild Weasel pilots were awarded the Medal of Honor for attacking North Vietnamese surface-to-air missile sites, with one shooting down 2 MiG-17s the same day. The dangerous missions often required them to be the "first in, last out", suppressing enemy air defenses while strike aircraft accomplished their missions and then left the area.

When the Thunderchief entered service it was the largest single-seat, single-engine combat aircraft in history, weighing approximately 50,000 pounds (23,000 kg).

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Republic F-105 Thunderchief/"Thud"/"Squat Bomber"/"Lead Sled"/"Hyper Hog" and/or "Ultra Hog".
Category. Statistic.
First flight on. 1955.
Retired on. 1984.
Major contractor(s). Republic Aviation.
Dose it use nukes or cruse missiles. Nukes.
Fight ceiling. 48,500 ft (14,800 m).
Top speed. Mach 2.08 (1,372 mph, 2,208 km/h) at 36,000 ft (11,000 m).
Range. Ferry range: 2,210 mi (1,920 nmi, 3,550 km).
Crew. 1 (2 for F-105C/E/F/G variants).
Nationality(s). American.
Class. Fighter-bomber, Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) and Wild Weasel missions.
Rate of climb. 38,500 ft/min (195 m/s).
Links. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_F-105_Thunderchief, https://web.archive.org/web/20161221233505/http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/MuseumExhibits/FactSheets/Display/tabid/509/Article/196054/republic-f-105d-thunderchief.aspx, https://m-selig.ae.illinois.edu/ads/aircraft.html and https://web.archive.org/web/20190326174850/https://m-selig.ae.illinois.edu/ads/aircraft.html.



Republic F-105 Thunderchief (1967)

Republic F-105 Thunderchief (1967).


Republic F-105 Thunderchief in Action in Vietnam

Republic F-105 Thunderchief in Action in Vietnam.


Discovery Channel Wings F 105 Thunderchief.

Discovery Channel Wings F 105 Thunderchief.


Two U.S. Air Force Republic F-105 Thunderchiefs, an F-105F-1-RE (s/n 63-8280) and an F-105D-31-RE (s/n 62-4355), with Mt. Fuji, Japan, in the background. Date unknown, but circa early 1960s

An U.S. Air Force Republic F-105F Thunderchief (s/n 62-4422) with armament layout in August 1964. The armament includes 20 mm cannon rounds, 2.75 in. rockets, AGM-12 Bullpup and AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles, general purpose bomb, cluster bombs, LAU-3A rocket launchers, flare and chaff dispensers and drop tanks.

A U.S. Air Force Republic F-105D-10-RE Thunderchief (s/n 60-0474) from the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing at Bitburg Air Base, Germany, at RAF Sculthorpe, Norfolk (UK), in 1962. This aircraft was written off on 14 January 1964 after it crashed during landing approach at Bitburg. The pilot survived.