Wonderful 1960’s 1:50 scale 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. Made by Maarten Matthijs Verkuyl, a specialist model maker that had contracts with manufacturers and airlines. This model was originally made for the Fairchild Hiller Corporation (formerly Republic Aviation) and was given to the pilots who flew the F-105. It was also presented at special occasions to high-ranking USAF officers and other VIPs.
Dimensions: 14.5 cm/17½ inches (length) x 22 cm/8⅝ inches (wing span) x 22.5 cm/8¾ inches (height on stand when flat).
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continued the Thunderchief was replaced by other aircraft, primarily the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II and it was withdrawn from USAF service after the end of the War.