F-105 Thunderchief Units of the Vietnam War

F-105 Thunderchief Units of the Vietnam War cover

F-105 Thunderchief Units of the Vietnam War

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Facing the most formidably concentrated air defences in history, pilots of the F-105D flew against North Vietnamese targets day after day during the 43 months of Operation Rolling Thunder. Despite its limited maneuverability and the lack of self-sealing fuel tanks, which made it susceptible to combat damage, the 'bombers' shot down 27 MiG fighters in 1966 – 67. This book illustrates the importance of the Thunderchief in the Rolling Thunder campaign, including the pioneering suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD) methods developed by the F-105 'Wild Weasel' crews. Discussing the aircraft's strengths and weaknesses and using first-hand narratives, Peter Davies captures the essence of flying the 'Thud' against heavy defences, and describes the development of wartime tactics and the heroic accomplishments of a selection of its aircrew.

Product details

Published Nov 20 2012
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781782006985
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 20 b/w; 80 col
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 84
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Peter E. Davies

Peter E. Davies has specialized in the aircraft of…

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Jim Laurier

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