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F-105B Thunderchief 108th TFW, 141 TFS, New Jersey ANG "Bicentennial"
General Background
The Republic F-105 Thunderchief first entered service in 1958. It had been designed for high-speed low-level penetration to deliver a nuclear bomb but was converted to deliver conventional payloads. It was the heaviest U.S. single-engined fighter ever made and could carry a greater bomb load than the B-17, B-24 or B-29. Best known for its action in Vietnam the F-105 flew over 20,000 combat missions with the loss of 382 aircraft out of the 833 produced.
The Aircraft
In April 1964 the 108th TFW received the first of their F-105B Thunderchief. The Thunderchief served with the 108th until 1981 when it was replaced by the F-4D Phantom II. In 1976 F-105B 57-5776 received the custom American Bicentennial paint scheme to honor the countries 200th birthday. 57-5776 was one of the lucky F-105s spared from the bone yard and has been preserved on a pedestal at what is now the 108th Air Refueling Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard compound located at McGuire AFB, New Jersey.
Specifications :
Nick Names: Ultra Hog, Super Hog, Iron Butterfly, Lead Sled, Thud
Role: Fighter/Bomber
User Countries: U.S.A
Crew: (1) pilot
Engine: (1) Pratt & Whitney J75-P-19W turbojet, rated at 17,200 lb.s.t. dry and 26,500 lb.s.t. with afterburner
Maximum Speed: 1,420 mph at 38,000 ft
1,372 mph at 36,000 ft
1,122 mph at 50,000 ft
836 mph at sea level
Stall speed: 208 mph
Initial Climb Rate: 34,500 fpm (clean)
Service Ceiling: 32,100 ft
Combat Ceiling: 48,500 ft
Maximum Ceiling: 50,000 ft
Combat Range: 778 miles
Maximum Range with full external fuel: 2,208 miles
Emptyt: 27,500 lbs
Combat: 35,637 lbs
Gross: 48,400 lbs
Maximum Take/Off: 52,546 lbs
Normal Internal Fuel Load: 1,160 US gallons
Internal Weapons Bay: 390 US gallon auxiliary tank
Optional 450 or 650 US gallon external tanks on the fuselage centerline
Plus a 450 US gallon tank on each of the inboard under-wing pylons
Wing Span: 34 ft 11 in.
Length: 64 ft 3 in.
Height: 19 ft 8 in.
Wing Area: 385 sq. ft.
Armament: (1) 20-mm M61A1 rotary cannon with 1028 rounds (fire rate 6,000 rpm)
Up to 8,000 lbs of ordnance could be carried in the internal weapons bay
An additional 6,000 lbs of ordnance could be carried on (4) under-wing pylons and (1) rack under the fuselage center-line
Up to (4) AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles for self-defense
Up to (2) 3,000 lb bombs
Up to (5) 1,000 lb bombs
Up to (16) 750 lb bombs
Mk 77 napalm, ECM pods, 2.75 in. rockets