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Republic F-105D Thunderchief

Republic F-105D Thunderchief
Originální název:
Original Name:
Republic F-105D Thunderchief
stíhací-bombardovací letoun
DD.06.1959-DD.02.1964 Republic Aviation Corp., Farmingdale, New York
Období výroby:
Production Period:
Vyrobeno kusů:
Number of Produced:
První vzlet:
Maiden Flight:
Základní charakteristika:
Basic Characteristics:
Vzlet a přistání:
Take-off and Landing:
CTOL - konvenční vzlet a přistání
Uspořádání křídla:
Arrangement of Wing:
Uspořádání letounu:
Aircraft Concept:
Přistávací zařízení:
Landing Gear:
Technické údaje:
Technical Data:
Hmotnost prázdného letounu:
Empty Weight:
12181 kg
Vzletová hmotnost:
Take-off Weight:
21954 kg
Maximální vzletová hmotnost:
Maximum Take-off Weight:
23967 kg
10.64 m
19.58 m
5.99 m
Plocha křídla:
Wing Area:
35.77 m2
Plošné zatížení:
Wing Loading:
? kg/m2
Počet motorů:
Number of Engines:
Pratt & Whitney J75-P-19W o tahu 76,50 kN / 117,88 kN s přídavným spalováním
Objem palivových nádrží:
Fuel Tank Capacity:
4391 l
1476 l pomocná nádrž
2x 1703 l přídavná nádrž
1x 2460 l přídavná nádrž
Maximální rychlost:
Maximum Speed:
2208 km/h v 10973 m
Cestovní rychlost:
Cruise Speed:
939.9 km/h v ? m
Rychlost stoupání:
Climb Rate:
163.1 m/s
Čas výstupu na výšku:
Time to Climb to:
? min do ? m
Operační dostup:
Service Ceiling:
14783 m
1252.1 km
Maximální dolet:
Maximum Range:
3553.4 km
1x kanon M61A1 Vulcan se zásobou 1028 kusů munice

do pumovnice, na čtyři podkřídlové a jeden podtrupový závěsník bylo možné umístit 7 484 kg výzbroje:
- neřízené pumy (M117, Mk.82, zápalné pumy,...)
- raketnice pro neřízené rakety (LAU-3/A nebo LAU-18/A)
- řízené střely AGM-12 Bullpup
- kontejnery pro radioelektronický boj ALQ-71 nebo ALQ-78
Uživatelské státy:
User States:
Kinzey, Bert. F-105 Thunderchief in Detail and Scale. Aero Publishers, Fallbrook 1982. ISBN 0-8168-5020-8.
Neubeck, Ken. F-105 Thunderchief in Action, No.185. Squadron/Signal Productions, Carrollton 2002. ISBN 89747-447-3.
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Republic F-105D Thunderchief

F-105D is a modified version based on F-105B. The main goal of the modernization was to create a fighter-bomber capable of operating in all weathers, which was not much variant B.

The changes included the installation of a bomber navigation system AN/ASG-19 Thunderstick and other avionics systems, which forced the extension of the kite by about 400 mm. The drive was provided by one J75-P-19W engine, which had an increased thrust compared to its predecessor in the F-105B. The bomb bay and main armament remained unchanged, but the wing was strengthened, so that the total weight of the suspended armament on 5 hangers ( 4 under the wing, 1 under the fuselage) reached 7484 kg.

Originally, it was planned to produce more than 1,500 pieces of version D. "The interruption" was done by the then Minister of Defense Robert McNamara, who decided to introduce fighter F-4 Phantom II to the Air Force ( at the expense of the production of embodiment D).

Production of the F-105D took place between 1959 and 1964 and gave a total of 610 copies of this version. The 4th TFW was the first to be rearmed for the new F-105D, the rearmament of the unit began in 1960. This was followed by six more wings stationed in the US and overseas: 36th TFW - Bitburg (Germany), 49th TFW - Spangdahlem (Germany) 18. TFW - Kadena (Japan), 8. TFW - Itazuke (Japan), 23. TFW - McConnell AFB (Kansas, USA) and 4520. CCTW - Nellis AFB (USA, Nevada).

The F-105D was not very popular during its initial service in the early 1960s. Their service was accompanied by a number of accidents, which required at least 10 grounding of the entire fleet of "Thud" version D. Standard problems included faults ( or direct explosions) of engines or fuel leaks. These complications were not satisfactorily resolved until 1967.

F-105D were deployed in combat during Vietnam War. The first eight F-105Ds were moved to Southeast Asia in response to the Gulf of Tonkin incident in August 1964. These were the 36th TFS aircraft from the 8th TFW station stationed in Yokota, Japan. Soon, these machines carried out a raid on the position of anti-aircraft guns on the Pitcher Plain in Laos as part of a rescue mission. In January 1965, sixteen aircraft from the armament destroyed the 44th TFS and 67th TFS for the use of bombs M117 and missiles AGM-12 bridge in Ben Ken in northern Laos.

On March 1, 1965, Operation Rolling Thunder was launched, a systematic bombing of North Vietnam. The F-105D machines formed the backbone of this offensive, which lasted until 1968. "Thudy" participating in the bombing operated from Thailand under two large wings - 355. TFW (base Takhli) and 388. TFW (Korat base).

During the war, the aircraft were continuously modified ( armor, new radio altimeters, backup flight control system, radar warning receiver, modified ejection seat, redesigned hydraulic lines, etc.).

After the end of Operation Rolling Thunder, the F-105D, which the Vietnamese failed to shoot down, were gradually sent to the United States. In 1969, they were "rid" of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, which was followed in 1970 by a sister unit from Takhli. This closed the combat career of D. Thuderchief's version made over 20,000 combat flights during the war.

After being withdrawn from the Vietnamese battlefield, the F-105Ds were still operated for some time by first-line units, including the 23rd TFW at McConnell AFB and the 18th TFW at Okinawa. Between 1971 and 1972, the aircraft traveled to the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve. The F-105Ds were decommissioned in 1984.

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Republic F-105D Thunderchief of the armaments 355. tactical fighter wings air base Takhli, Thailand, November/December 1965..
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Republic F-105D Thunderchief - Foto F-105D 62-4365 na základně RAF Lakenheath - 1976

Foto F-105D 62-4365 na základně RAF Lakenheath - 1976
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Republic F-105D Thunderchief - F-105D 61-0115 od 465 TFS

F-105D 61-0115 od 465 TFS
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Na obrázku je zachycen válečný veterán z Vietnamské války, Republic F-105D-15-RE Thunderchief sériového čísla 61-0086. Nejčastěji ho "sedlal" Capt. John Hoffman, proto na ústí sacího kanálu nese jméno Big Sal (podle jména pilotovy manželky Sally). Tento letoun sloužil v rámci 44th TFS, která byla součástí 355th TFW dislokovaného na thajské základně Takhli. 355th TFW působil na jihoasijském bojišti od listopadu 1965 do listopadu 1970.

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Republic F-105D-31-RE Thunderchief (sériové číslo 62-4383) byl USAF dodán v dubnu 1963. Z výzbroje byl vyřazen v roce 1984, dnes je vystaven v March Field Museum. Zde nese kamufláž stroje 62-4385 ze sestavy 354th TFS / 355th TFW, který byl ztracen v roce 1968 nad Vietnamem.

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59-1822 Republic F-105D Thunderchief
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