F-105

The F-105 pilot who made multiple passes to destroy a North Vietnamese SAM site with his Thud heavy damaged by AAA and engaged by MiG-21s

The F-105 pilot who made multiple passes to destroy a North Vietnamese SAM site with his Thud heavy damaged by AAA and engaged by MiG-21s

The F-105 Thud The Wild Weasel III F-105F Thunderchief or "Thud" formed the backbone of USAF SAM suppression during Operation… Read More

2 weeks ago

The F-105 pilot who glided his Thud to a safe landing with the fuel gauge reading “empty” after He directed a tanker to another F-105 dangerously low on fuel during a CSAR mission over North Vietnam

The F-105 Thunderchief In 1951 Republic Aviation began a project to develop a supersonic tactical fighter-bomber to replace the F-84F.… Read More

2 months ago

That time a KC-135 Stratotanker crew crossed Vietnam DMZ and went into a dive to refuel a flamed out F-105 Thunderchief

The KC-135 Stratotanker The KC-135 Stratotanker was the first offspring of the Dash 80. It was designed specifically for aerial… Read More

6 months ago

The Unwelcome Guest: the RAF F-105 exchange pilot who landed at Area 51 and spotted the Top Secret A-12 Blackbird

The A-12 Blackbird at Area 51 Since 1955, America’s most secret aircraft projects have been tested at Area 51, a… Read More

8 months ago

The Story of the KC-135 Stratotanker pilot that went into a 20-degree dive to refuel a flamed out F-105 Thunderchief

The KC-135 Stratotanker The Boeing Company’s model 367-80 was the basic design for the commercial 707 passenger plane as well… Read More

9 months ago

The F-107 Ultra Sabre, the Odd-Looking Ultra Hump-back aircraft defeated by the F-105 Thunderchief in the contest for an all-weather fighter-bomber

F-107 Ultra Sabre: all-weather fighter-bomber The F-107 was designed for a US Air Force (USAF) competition to select a new… Read More

10 months ago

The story of how the iconic F-105 Thunderchief became known affectionately as the “Thud” by those who flew and maintained it

There was talk about canceling the F-105D program because of several groundings of the fleet following engines problems that resulted… Read More

2 years ago

F-105 pilot Merlyn Dethlefsen made multiple passes to destroy a North Vietnamese SAM site with his Thud heavy damaged by AAA and engaged by MiG-21s

For his conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Capt. Dethlefsen was… Read More

2 years ago

A QUICK LOOK AT THE F-107A ULTRA SABRE, THE CENTURY SERIES FIGHTER THAT NEVER WAS

After seriously considering the production of the F-107A, the USAF instead chose to buy the F-105 Thunderchief The North American… Read More

3 years ago

The F-105 Vice Wing Commander that was court-martialed for having protected one of its pilots that erroneously strafed a Russian ship while attacking NVA AAA

As 388th TFW Vice Commander Col Jack Broughton put it, 'I had been shot down by our own people'. To… Read More

3 years ago

An exclusive sneak peek of the official trailer to the upcoming Thud Pilots II – Rise of the Hunter Killer documentary

Operation Spring High was a costly fatal mission with last minute changes, wrong tactics, improper ordnance, and a high loss… Read More

3 years ago

The story of James Kasler, the only member of the USAF to be awarded the Air Force Cross three times

James Kasler became the only member of the USAF to be awarded the Air Force Cross three times, including one… Read More

5 years ago

Supersonic Convertible Thud! The Story of the F-105 Driver who Flew his Aircraft with the Canopy Off at 695 Knots over North Vietnam

“I flipped the manual canopy unlock lever under the canopy rail and the canopy went like it had been blown… Read More

5 years ago

Thud Drivers! Former F-105 pilots explain what it was like flying the mighty Thud in Peace and War

The Thud stability, unbeatable low-altitude speed and impressive size were unprecedented for a fighter. After its long-delayed entry into USAF… Read More

5 years ago

F-105 Vs MiG-17: how a badly damaged Thud gun killed a North Vietnamese Fresco

As the F-105 slowed without afterburner the MiG overshot and Tracy fired 200 rounds of 20 mm ammunition without the… Read More

5 years ago

The story of the Wild Weasel Mission of F-105F Lincoln 03 and the Medal of Honor awarded to Maj. Merlyn Dethlefsen

Though he would have been in his right by USAF procedure to follow the rest of the aircraft and leave… Read More

5 years ago

Col. John “JB” Stone, the pilot who devised Operation Bolo, flies with the Wolf Pack one more time

Over some cheap beers with Olds and critical thought of the resources available, Col. John "JB" Stone devised the plan… Read More

6 years ago