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F-105 Thunderchief Units of the Vietnam War (Combat Aircraft) Paperback – February 16, 2010
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“The latest addition to Osprey's Combat Aircraft series, F-105 Thunderchief Units of the Vietnam War, will probably leave U.S. Air Force veterans wondering why it took so long... Loaded with firsthand accounts by the pilots-and even a few from some of their MiG adversaries-and supplementing its scores of photographs with 27 color profiles, this book is an important addition for any student of the air war.” ―Jon Guttman, Vietnam (August 2010)
“F-105 Thunderchief Units of the Vietnam War explores the crucial importance of the Thunderchief, deemed the 'Thud' by many of its crews, in the Rolling Thunder campaign... The author, Peter Davies [gives] an extensive overview of the aircraft's strengths and difficulties, the development of wartime tactics and the heroic accomplishments of a selection of its aircrew. The colorful artwork will appeal to aviation enthusiasts and modelers alike. Illustrations cover the variety of natural metal and camouflage schemes with different codes and nose-art.” ―Flying Models (April 2010)
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The F-105 had been designed for a tactical nuclear attack mission. Given the topsy-turvy world of Vietnam War politics, the Thud was loaded up with six 750-lb. bombs and mis-used as a strategic strike aircraft while the strategic B-52s leveled forests in tactical strike ops. Over North Vietnam, the F-105's glass jaw - a highly vulnerable hydraulic system - was revealed, a flaw that cost the Thud units dearly. Aside from bombing missions, the Thud was also later utilized in anti-SAM Iron Hand ops. And the needle-nosed warbird also downed 27 MiGs to boot.
After a short history of the F-105's development, Davies details its introduction to combat in late 1964/early 1965 via TDYs by units like the 18th TFW, 23rd TFW, etc. The main players - the 366th and 388th TFWs - soon took up shop at Takhli and Korat RTAFBs respectively and went to war. The learning curve of the Thud - and all US air units - over North Vietnam was a painful one and not aided by the White House dictating mission routes, attack formations and bomb-loads! The chapters on 'Rolling Thunder' and 'Strikes and Losses' paint a grim picture of the results.Read more ›
This volume, one among a number in Osprey's "Combat Aircraft" series, examines the development of this airplane, its problems (early on, there were a number), its modification, and its service during wartime. The discusion considers its role in Laos, the massive "Rolling Thunder" campaign, its fights with Migs, and the evolution of a small number of the F-105s into "Wild Weasels," designed to take out radar. The aircraft was asked to do things that it was not really designed for, but it did its job effectively.
A good solid work on a workhorse airplane from the Vietnamese War.
The salient point that runs through the entire book is how well these guys did in the face of stupidity and excessive rules put in place by those who had no business doing so. It's a testament to their resolve and sense of duty that I think will be most remembered. Speaking for myself I'm not sure I could have tolerated the B.S as well as they did!
As an aside: I recommend Ken Bell's book et al., to understand the complexities of what went on. That said, I can say this book was well worth the cost.
Charles L. Byler
[...]F-105 weapons loader, Bitburg, Germany (1963-1966)
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The writing in this book is precise. Events are described from an overall perspective, not focusing on first person accounts of the pilots and flying. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jason Howard
A truly "Sierra Hotel" tale of our mission in SEA; however, having deployed to Tahkli RTAB with the 563rd TFS in April 1965 I find a few short comings in this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by George Greenly
Helped understand the sociopathich behavior of Robert McNamarraPublished 16 months ago by H D Cusick
Well written and very detailed. Brought me back to special times and events, some good and some bad. But I met the greatest guys ever. We still get together.Published 18 months ago by Chuck
I bought this book by accident because I thought this was on my boyfriends wish list and even though he had not requested it, he was very happy to receive this book.Published 21 months ago by Allison Ambrose
To get the F-105 to boom in North Viet Nam just accross the DMZ with my pilot/ was good for the F-105Published on February 8, 2014 by Thomas Spruck
This is a typically excellent book from Osprey, about an airplane I feel has been somewhat neglected by the aviation press in recent years. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by Robert Bausch