Model ThunderchiefWonderful polished aluminium Thunderchief F-105 model on original stand with original label. The position of the aircraft on its stand can be adjusted by rotating the model along its horizontal axis.Enquire
Dimensions: 14.5 cm/17½ inches (length) x 22 cm/8¾ inches (wing span) x 25.5 cm/10 inches (Max. height on stand).
The Republic F-105 Thunderchief was a supersonic fighter-bomber that was first flown in 1955 and entered service with the United States Air Force in 1958. The Mach 2 capable Thunderchief was originally designed as a single-seat, nuclear-attack aircraft but it became famous for conducting the majority of strike bombing missions during the early years of the Vietnam War. The F-105 was commonly known as the "Thud" by its crews.
As a follow-on to the Mach 1 capable North American F-100 Super Sabre, the F-105 was also armed with missiles and a cannon; however, its design was originally tailored to high-speed low-altitude penetration carrying a single nuclear weapon internally. The single-engine F-105 was adapted so it could deliver a greater conventional bomb load than some American heavy bombers of World War II such as the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Consolidated B-24 Liberator. The F-105 was one of the main attack aircraft of the Vietnam War, during which, the F-105D was the primary aircraft delivering heavy bomb loads against the various military targets; it could carry up to 14,000 lb (6,400 kg) of bombs and missiles. It could also exceed the speed of sound at sea level and reach Mach 2 at high altitude.
As the Vietnam War continued the Thunderchief was replaced by other aircraft, primarily the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II and it was withdrawn from USAF service after the end of the War.#This item is now sold.
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