Republic F-105 Thunderchief

Republic F-105 Thunderchief

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The Republic F-105 Thunderchief was the fastest and most successful strike fighter of the Cold War. Designed to deliver nuclear weapons at low altitude and then fight its way back to base, by the early 1960s it was the primary weapon in the USAF's tactical strike arsenal. Thunderchief pilots in Europe, the Far East and the USA stood on short-notice alert, ready to take on the formidable defenses of their Communist Bloc targets. The F-105 was, however, to become a legend in a very different conflict. As direct American involvement in Vietnam increased, F-105s were deployed - initially as a deterrent, but ever more as conventional attack fighters against insurgency in Laos and Vietnam. With the start of the bombing campaign against North Vietnam, the Thunderchief became a vital element in attacks against some of the most heavily defended territory in modern history.

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 180 x 246 x 6mm | 222.26g
  • Osprey Publishing
  • OspreyUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 1780961731
  • 9781780961736
  • 285,133

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"Author Peter Davies covers the aircraft's initial design and development as well as its introduction into unit service. Much of the book is dedicated to its combat record, as well it should. In this part of the publication we get the majority of pilot stories. Though designed as a bomber, the F-105 also shot down its share of MiGs during the conflict and we get some of those tales as well. Chock full of photos, most of them in full color and the superb art work of Adam Tooby, it makes for a well rounded title."- Scott Van Aken, "Modeling Madness "(October 2012) ..".a fine pick for any military aircraft reference collection."- James A. Cox, "The Midwest Book Review" ..".and excellent book on this remarkable aircraft..."- Richard Mataka,

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About Peter E. Davies

Peter Davies is based in Bristol and has written or co-written nine books on modern American combat aircraft, including the standard reference work on US Navy and Marine Corps Phantom II operations, Gray Ghosts.

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