Republic F-105 Thunderchief ("Thud")


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...

Click here for photos of the F-105 as it was sitting when MAPS went to recover it.

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

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

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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