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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Title: F-105 Special Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10044
    Physical Description: 0.36 Cubic Feet One Box
    Date (inclusive): 1960-1970
    Abstract: The F-105F was a supersonic fighter bomber used by the United States Air Force. The F-105F was the third F-105 in production and the F-105G would later be modified from the F-105F. This Collection details the demonstration of the F-105 by the US Air Force.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item], [Filing Unit], [Series Title], [Subgroups], [Record Group Title and Number], [Repository “San Diego Air & Space Museum Library & Archives”]

    Biographical / Historical

    The F-105F was a supersonic fighter bomber used by the United States Air Force. The F-105F was the third F-105 in production and the F-105G would later be modified from the F-105F. It was manufactured by Republic Aviation, which between 1963 and 1964 produced 143 F-105Fs, or Thunderchiefs (sometimes called “Thuds”). The last of these was delivered in January of 1965. Even so, the F-105Fs was used until the United States ended their involvement in Vietnam. The two-seat F-105F was produced for the Vietnam War; where it was deployed as a low-altitude, high speed fighter-bomber, capable of carrying up to 14,000 pounds of bombs and missiles. The rear cockpit of the F-105F was a duplicate of the front cockpit, which allowed either pilot to have control of the aircraft. The F-105F was 67 feet long, 20 feet 5 inches tall, and had a max weight of 54,580 pound. It had a cruising speed of 596 miles per hour, a maximum speed of 1,386 miles per hour, and it contained one Pratt & Whitney J75-P-19W engine. A modified F-105F, known around the Air Force as the EF-105F, though still officially called the F-105F, added jamming equipment, AGM-45 Shrike anti-radiation missiles, and some models even had combat cameras, armor plating, backup flight control systems, and automatic or manually-controlled weapons release. The F-105F was also considered a “Wild Weasel” aircraft because it was used by the United States against the North Vietnamese to destroy surface-to-air missile sites with anti-radar missiles.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The materials in this Collection were donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

    Scope and Contents

    One archive box, containing 7 folders. Items in this collection, from 1963, include introduction manuals to the F-105 F, as well as demonstration plans and reports from test flights at Langley, VA Air Force Base, Andrews, MD Air Force Base, and Ramstein, Germany Air Force Base. Additionally there are maps from test flights, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

    Related Materials

    Lindell Hendrix Special Collection http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/sets/72157633769465617/with/8870696409/ Related Research Institutions: National Museum of the United States Air Force Research Division, National Museum of the United States Air Force 1100 Spaatz Street, Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433-7102 Substantial collection http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=2315 http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=14505 http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=2315
    Secondary Sources: Davies, Peter E. F-105 Thunderchief units of the Vietnam War. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2010. Davis, Larry and David Menard. Republic F-105 Thunderchief in action. North Branch, MN: Speciality Press Publishers, 1998. Drendel, Lou. F-105 Thunderchief in action. Warren, MI: Squadron/Signal Publications, 1974. Kinzey, Bert. F-105 Thunderchief in detail & scale. Fallbrook, CA: Aero Publishers, 1982. Neubeck, Ken. Walk Around F-105 Thunderchief. Carrollton, TX: Squadron/Signal Publications, 2000.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Republic F-105 Thunderchief
    Ramstein Air Force Base (Germany)
    Langley Air Force Base (Va.)
    Andrews Air Force Base (Md.)
    Republic Aircraft