Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Republic F-105D “Thunderchief”
In 1951, Republic Aviation began a project to develop a supersonic tactical fighter-bomber to replace the F-84F. The result was the F-105 "Thunderchief," later affectionately nicknamed the "Thud." The prototype YF-105A first flew on October 22, 1955, but the first F-105D did not fly until June 9, 1959. F-105s were produced in the single-seat F-105B and F-105D series, and in the two-seat F-105F model. Later, some F-105Fs were modified to become F-105Gs. A total of 833 Thunderchiefs of all types were built, including 610 F-105Ds.
The F-105D could carry over 12,000 pounds of ordnance (8,000 pounds internally in the bomb bay). The F-105D was used extensively in the Vietnam War. It flew 75 percent of the air strikes against North Vietnam during the first 4 years it operated in that theater. The last F-105D was withdrawn from USAF service on July 12, 1980, and from Air Force Reserve service on February 25, 1984.
The aircraft on display (S/N 61-176) is painted and marked as it appeared in late 1966 when it served with the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing based at Korat Royal Thai Air Base in Thailand. It fought in Vietnam for a total of 3 years 9 months, with three different fighter wings. This aircraft is dedicated to Colonel Michael Muskat.
Span: 34 ft. 11 in.
Length: 64 ft. 5
Height: 19 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 52,838 lbs.
Armament: One M61 Vulcan 20mm cannon, over 12,000 lbs. of ordnance
Engine: One P&W J75-P-19W of 24,500 lbs. thrust with afterburner
Maximum speed: 1,390 mph
Cruising speed: 778 mph
Range: 2,206 miles
Service Ceiling: 51,000 ft.
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
Erected by United States Air Force.
Location. 32° 22.991′ N, 86° 20.72′ W. Marker is in Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Chennault Circle east of Twining Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in the Maxwell Air Park. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36112, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. North American F-100D "Super Sabre" (a few steps from this marker); 1Lt Karl W. Richter (a few steps from this marker); McDonnell Douglas F-4D "Phantom II" (a few steps from this marker); McDonnell RF-101C "Voodoo" (a few steps from this marker); Monument to Powered Flight North American F-86A "Sabre" (within shouting distance of this marker); British and Commonwealth Pilots Trained in the U.S.A. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boeing B-52D "Stratofortress" (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maxwell Air Force Base.
Also see . . . Republic F-105 Thuderchief - Target North Viet Nam. (Submitted on April 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Cold • War, Vietnam •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 471 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.