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Near Edwards AFB in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

F-105D • “Thunderchief”

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F-105D • “Thunderchief” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 4, 2012
1. F-105D • “Thunderchief” Marker
Inscription.  The YF-105 completed its maiden flight at Edwards AFB in October 1955, easily exceeding Mach One, even though it was powered by a J57 engine - much less powerful than its projected power plant, the J75. The D-model “Thud” added water injection to the J75 engine, along with updated avionics, attack equipment, and improved refueling features. It first flew in June 1959. A total of 833 Thunderchiefs of all types were built, including 610 F-105Ds. All models of the F-105 were flight tested at Edwards.

During the Vietnam War, the F-105D flew 75% of all air strikes against North Vietnam during it first four years. It could carry over 12,000 of ordnance, a heavier bomb load than the World War II B-17.

This Thunderchief was flight-delivered to Edwards in January 1984 from its last operational assignment with the 419th Tactical Fighter Wing (USAF Reserves) at Hill AFB, UT. It was faithfully restored in 2007 by the 412th Test Wing Surfaces Team.

On Loan from the National Museum of the USAF

 
Erected by Air Force Flight Test Museum.
 
Topics.
F-105D • “Thunderchief” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 4, 2012
2. F-105D • “Thunderchief” Marker
This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceMilitary.
 
Location. 34° 52.273′ N, 117° 59.435′ W. Marker is near Edwards AFB, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Rosamond Boulevard 10 miles east of California Route 14, on the right when traveling east. Located in Century Circle, just outside the West Gate of Edwards AFB. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Edwards CA 93524, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. F-106B • “Delta Dart” (a few steps from this marker); F-104A • “Starfighter” (within shouting distance of this marker); TF-102A • “Delta Dagger” (within shouting distance of this marker); YC-15 (within shouting distance of this marker); YF-100A “Super Sabre” (within shouting distance of this marker); F-101B • “Voodoo” (within shouting distance of this marker); YA-10B Prototype number 73-1664 (approx. 4.8 miles away); NF-4C - "Phantom II" (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards AFB.
 
Also see . . .  Museum Website. Includes Century Circle and other locations, an aircraft inventory, and plans for the future museum. (Submitted on March 27, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.)
The "Thunderchief" image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 4, 2012
3. The "Thunderchief"
 
 
Additional keywords. Air Force Flight Test Museum, Flight Test Historical Foundation
 
The "Thunderchief" image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 21, 2012
4. The "Thunderchief"
Century Circle Air Force Flight Test Center image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 4, 2012
5. Century Circle Air Force Flight Test Center
F-105D “Thunderchief” image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, November 2, 2018
6. F-105D “Thunderchief”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 495 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on March 27, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 25, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   6. submitted on November 5, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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