Republic F-105 Thunderchief

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

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

1 month 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

5 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

5 months ago

F-105 pilot explains how the SAC bomber philosophy imposed to Thud crews contributed to the F-105’s high loss rate over Vietnam

F-105 high loss rate over Vietnam Facing the most formidably concentrated air defences in history, pilots of the F-105D Thunderchief… Read More

8 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

The epic story of the KC-135 crew that crossed Vietnam’s DMZ and went into a dive to refuel a flamed out F-105

The boomer told the KC-135 pilot to push over into a dive - probably 10 to 20 degrees nose low… Read More

3 years ago

HERE’S WHY THE F-105 WAS DUBBED THE “THUD”

Whether it was the sound of 50,000 pounds of metal uncontrollably impacting the earth, or the light-hearted shortening of the… 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

Thud Vs Fresco: The Story of a Hair-Raising Dogfight Between USAF F-105s and North Vietnamese MiG-17s

Capt William 'Gene' Eskew ‘s F-105 was engulfed by fire as the MiG disintegrated in a violent explosion. Eskew's head… Read More

3 years ago

Thud Vs Paul Doumer Bridge: the F-105 Rolling Thunder missions flown against the primary route for supplies being brought into Hanoi from Haiphong and China

When it became clear that Secretary of Defense McNamara was publicly losing faith in the bombing campaign, and wanted to… Read More

4 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

4 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

4 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

HERE’S WHY THE F-105 WAS DUBBED THE “THUD”

Whether it was the sound of 50,000 pounds of metal uncontrollably impacting the earth, or the light-hearted shortening of the… Read More

6 years ago

THUD Vs SAMs: THE F-105F WILD WEASEL AND OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER

Designated F-105F Wild Weasel III, the aircraft replaced the F-100F Wild Weasel I in the summer of 1966 and became… Read More

7 years ago