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f105 thunderchief

Originally designed as a supersonic long-range nuclear bomber, the F105 Thunderchief could carry up to five tons of bombs. From 1965 to 1970, the Thunderchief did most of the Air Force's bombing in Vietnam, typically carrying a cargo of eight 750-pound bombs. Though primarily an attack aircraft over Vietnam, the F-105 was able to shoot down several MiG-17s and MiG-21s. f105


  • Span: 34 ft. 11 in.
  • Length: 64 ft. 5 in.
  • Height: 19 ft. 8 in.
  • Weight: 52,838 lbs. max.
  • Armament: One M61 Vulcan 20mm cannon and more than 12,000 lbs. of ordnance
  • Engine: One Pratt & Whitney J75-P-19W of 24,500 lbs thrust with afterburner
  • Cost: $2,136,668


  • Maximum speed: 1,390 mph.
  • Cruising speed: 778 mph.
  • Range: 2206 miles
  • Service Ceiling: 51,000 ft.

F-105 aircrews downed 27 1/2 MiGs while in service in Vietnam–the 1/2 was shared one with a F-4D Phantom crew.