F-105 Special Collection SDASM.SC.10044
San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
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San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
Title: F-105 Special Collection
Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10044
0.36 Cubic Feet
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
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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.
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
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.)
Folder 01 – Introduction to F-105 F
Physical Description: 1. (2 copies) Introduction to F105F Two Place Airplane.
Folder 02 – F-105F Demonstration at Langley, Andrews, and Ramstein
Physical Description: 1. F-2 Demonstration Flights at Langley AFB and Andrews AFB.
2. Joint Message Form from 17AF Ramstein AB Germany.
3. F-4 Demonstration at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
Folder 03 – Reports on F-105F Demonstration Flights at Langley, Andrews, and Ramstein
Physical Description: 1. Andrews Air Force Base, August 18 through August 31, 1963.
2. Langley Air Force Base August 15 through August 17, 1963.
3. Langley Operational Report F-2 Demonstration.
4. Langley Direct Maintenance Man-hour Record.
5. F2 Supply Report, August 31, 1963.
6. Description of Mission Flown for Demonstration at Andrews AFB.
7. Flight path map from Andrews AFB.
8. Engineering Flight Summary Report Republic Aviation Corporation, August 15, 1963.
9. Engineering Flight Summary Report Republic Aviation Corporation, October 1, 1963.
10. Engineering Flight Summary Report Republic Aviation Corporation, October 8, 1963.
11. Parts Changed at Eglin on F-2.
12. Personnel for Second F-2.
13. Report on F105F No. 2 Demonstration Flights at Langley AFB, Va., and Andrews AFB Maryland, Oct. 1 through Oct 8, 1963.
14. Narrative on William H. Blanchard.
15. Persons Flown in F105F at Ramstein.
16. Maintenance Record, November 10-24, 1963.
17. Aircraft Flight Report and Maintenance Record at Langley and Andrews.
18. Flight path map in Germany, version 1.
19. Flight path map in Germany, version 2.
Folder 04 - Correspondence
Physical Description: 1. J. Fazio to J.C. Montana, September 4, 1963.
2. H.C. Lyons to E.G. Hlavac, September 6, 1963.
3. Carl Ardery to Mr. Herman Doege, October 3, 1963.
4. Carl Ardery to Mr. Herman Doege, October 9, 1963.
5. H.C. Lyons to E.G. Hlavac, October 15, 1963.
6. L.E. Hendrix to All Concerned, October 21, 1963.
7. H.C. Lyons to J. Guisti Rububav Wiesbaden, October 21, 1963.
8. T.R. Drummond to Messrs. L. Helmuth and C. Cole, October 21, 1963.
9. Wright Patterson Air Force Base to Brookley Air Force Base, October 29, 1963.
10. Howard Nelson to Mr. Herman Doege, Fire Control System Evaluation, October 31, 1963.
11. Howard Nelson to Mr. Herman Doege, General Airplane Evaluation, October 31, 1963.
12. Ramstein Air Base Germany weapon system demonstration flights, November 6, 1963.
13. Wright Patterson Air Force Base to Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, November 25, 1963.
14. H. Nye to A. Tooker, November 29, 1963.
15. Howard Nelson to Mr. Herman Doege, December 3 1963.
16. H.C. Lyons to E.G. Hlavac, December 3, 1963.
17. A. Mackiewicz to A. Tooker, December 6, 1963.
Folder 05 – F-105F Demonstration Maps East and West
Physical Description: 1. F105 F Demonstration East.
2. F105 F Demonstration West.
Folder 06 – F-105 F Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: 1. “Europe Air Debut Made by F105F”, November 1963.
2. “Demonstration Due for 105F”, November 7, 1963.
3. “Tandem-Seated Terror”, November 11, 1963.
4. “Hot Ride”, November 19, 1963.
5. “S&S Ride the Thunderchief”, November 25, 1963.
6. “Like an ‘express elevator into space,’ the F105F takes off from Ramstein Air Base Germany”, November 25, 1963.
7. “No, the picture’s not upside down—the plane is, as a close look at the mountain will show”, November 25, 1963.
8. “Getting Dizzy? A quarter-turn and the world spins”.
9. “Drag chute slows plane down for landing at Ramstein”.
Folder 07 - Photographs
Physical Description: 1. 9 black and white photos of F-105F test flights.
2. Approx. 100 photocopies of images now found in SDASM Archives 01 series, ~01_00018314 to 01_00018416.