History and Development

Republic F-105 Thunderchief ("Thud")


File:Republic F-105 Thunderchief - Vietnam War 1966.jpg

 




Aircraft Background:
Formerly assigned to the Florida Military Aviation Museum at Clearwater-St. Petersburg Airport, when the museum closed the aircraft were removed from the facility and placed in outside storage.  Officially a part of the U.S. Air Force Museum, Wright Patterson AFB collection, the F-105B has just been placed on indefinite loan to MAPS Air Museum for restoration purposes.

Aircraft's History:
A replacement for the Republic F-84 tactical fighter/bomber, the F-105 was designed to carry conventional and nuclear weapons internally or externally.  MAPS' F-105 is one of 75 F-105B variants.  Notable facts: when the F-105 entered service with the U.S. Air Force, it was the largest and heaviest fighter in the inventory.  We have 3 different airframes used by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds (the others include the F-4 Phantom and the F-100 Super Sabre; the F-105 was used very briefly by the flight demonstration team, only completing 6 shows.  When one of the airframes broke up mid-flight, the ensuing investigation revealed extensive modifications would be required if the Air Force wanted to continue using the F-105 for the Thunderbird act.  It was then decided to revert to the F-100D airframe.


Here is the known history of MAPS' F-105B, 57-5820...

Date   Event
November 11, 1959   USAF production acceptance from Republic Aviation, Farmingdale NY (ACA-79)
November 14, 1959   Delivered to 4 TFW, Seymour Johnson AFB NC
February 29, 1960   At 336 TFS, 4 TFW, Seymour Johnson AFB NC
April 25, 1960   At MOAMA, Brookley AFB AL for contract depot work (WC)
June 19, 1960   Returned to 4 TFW, Seymour Johnson AFB NC
September 26, 1960   At Eglin AFB FL with 4 TFW
December 15, 1960   Returned to 4 TFW, Seymour Johnson AFB NC
January 10, 1961   At MOAMA, Brookley AFB AL for depot work (WO)
February 4, 1961   Returned to 4 TFW, Seymour Johnson AFB NC
June 6, 1962   At 336 TFS, 4 TFW, Seymour Johnson AFB NC
January 9, 1964   At Moron AB, Spain with 4 TFW
June 3, 1964   At MOAMA, Brookley AFB AL for depot work (WO)
June 4, 1965   At 4520 CCTW, Nellis AFB NV for studentand combat crew training (TF)
June 19, 1965   At MOAMA, Brookley AFB AL for depot work (WO)
January 7, 1966   At 4520 CCTW, Nellis AFB NV for combat crew training (TF)
May 31, 1967   In depot work (WO) at SM-ALC, McClellan AFB CA
October 17, 1967   Transferred to 23 TFW, McConnell AFB KS
November 13, 1967   At 23 TFW, McConnell AFB KS for use by instructor pilots conducting replacement aircrew training (TF)
March 21, 1968   At 23 TFW, McConnell AFB KS (AVH-10)
March 22, 1968   At SM-ALC, McClellan AFB CA for test (EI)
April 16, 1968   Returned (PL) to 23 TFW, McConnell AFB KS for combat crew training (TF)
April 22, 1968   In depot maintenance (WM) by SM-ALC at McConnell AFB KS (AVH-12)
July 27, 1968   At 23 TFW, McConnell AFB KS (WQ)
August 2, 1968   At 23 TFW, McConnell AFB KS for combat crew training (TF)
June 10, 1970   At 23 TFW TAC, McConnell AFB KS (AVH-14)
June 15, 1970   Transferred to 177 TFG ANG, Atlantic City Airport NJ
July 4, 1970   At 177 TFG ANG, Atlantic City Airport NJ
May 21, 1971   In contract depot maintenance (WK) by Fairchild Engine and Aircraft Corporation (FACCF) at Bob Sikes Municipal Airport, Crestview FL (AVH-16)
June 8, 1971   Returned to 177 TFG ANG, Atlantic City Airport NJ
June 22, 1971   In contract depot maintenance (WK) by Fairchild Engine and Aircraft Corporation (FACCF) at Bob Sikes Municipal Airport, Crestview FL
October 29, 1971   Returned to 177 TFG ANG, Atlantic City Airport NJ
September 20, 1972   In contract depot maintenance (WK) by Fairchild Engine and Aircraft Corporation (FACCF) at Bob Sikes Municipal Airport, Crestview FL (AVH-18)
October 13, 1972   Returned to 177 TFG ANG, Atlantic City Airport NJ
December 7, 1972   Transferred to (PL) to 945 MALGp AFRES, Hill AFB UT
January 1, 1973   945 MALGp redesignated 508 TFG AFRES, Hill AFB UT (AVH-20)
April 1, 1973   At 508 CMTSq AFRES, Hill AFB UT
June 30, 1973   In contract depot maintenance (WK) by Fairchild Engine and Aircraft Corporation (FACCF) at Bob Sikes Municipal Airport, Crestview FL
January 1, 1974   Returned to 508 TFG AFRES, Hill AFB UT (John Coon)
October 25, 1975   In depot maintenance (WM) by SM-ALC at Tinker AFB OK (AVH-23 & AVH-24)
December 31, 1975   Returned to 508 TFG AFRES, Hill AFB UT
July 18, 1978   In contract depot maintenance (DYNFW) at Hill AFB UT (AVH-26)
July 27, 1978   At 466 TFS AFRES, Hill AFB UT
December 14, 1978   At 466 TFS AFRES, Hill AFB UT (AVH-27)
April 11, 1979   In depot maintenance at Ogden ALC, Hill AFB UT
April 23, 1979   At 466 TFS AFRES, Hill AFB UT
March 17, 1980   At Ogden ALC, Hill AFB UT for depot maintenance (GO33B 24 Jun 80)
April 1, 1980   At 466 TFS AFRES, Hill AFB UT (GO33B 22 Jan 81)
July 11, 1980   At 466 TFS AFRES, Hill AFB UT (AFTO Form 781)
October 2, 1980   At 466 TFS AFRES, Hill AFB UTAssigned to ABDR program at Robins AFB GATest to destruction (ZD)
November 9, 1983   At 2955 CLSS, Robins AFB GA for ABDR training (HQ 2852 ABG/DADF Letter 9 Nov 83)
May 22, 1985   At 2955 CLSS, Robins AFB GA for ABDR training (HQ 2852 ABG/DADF Letter 22 May 85)
May 22, 1988   Transported to Florida Military Aviation Museum at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport FL by Alabama Army National Guard CH-54 helicopter (John Coon)
May 24, 1988   Shipping document signed by Robins AFB Museum to Yesterday's Air Force and Museum, Pinellas Park FLAttn:Dennis Cole (DD Form 1348-1 "DOD Single Line Item Release/Receipt Document"
March 9, 2000   The aircraft and the Florida Military Aviation Museum was being moved to the municipal airport in Wauchula, Florida. The aircraft disassembly and movement was being done by Bud Brachler of B&B Aircraft Services from Wauchula. The F-105B had one of its four aft section mounting bolts rusted. (William Walker, e-mail on 3 Mar 00 and John Coon, phone call 9 Mar 00)


Specifications:
Span:
34 ft. 11 in.
Length: 63 ft. 1 in.
Height: 19 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 46,998 lbs. max.
Armament: 1 M61 Vulcan 22mm cannon, up to 8,000 lbs mixed ordnance

Engine:
Pratt & Whitney J75-P-5 with 23,000 lbs thrust in afterburner mode

PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed: 1,375 mph.
Cruising speed: 581 mph.
Range: 2,200 miles
Service Ceiling: 48,100 ft.

Crew Chief's Update (Restoration Progress):
10/16/2007  Measurements have been taken so that wing attach pins can be fabricated. The main focus right now is to attach the wings & aft fuselage to the forward fuselage as soon as possible so that it looks like a �real� airplane. A more complete restoration will have to wait for hangar space.
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