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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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Peter Davies is based in Bristol and has authored or co-authored nine books on modern American combat aircraft, including the standard reference work on US Navy and Marine Corps Phantom II operations, 'Gray Ghosts'. The author lives in Bristol, England.
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Product Details

  • Series: Combat Aircraft (Book 84)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846034922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846034923
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Osprey's new F-105 Combat History book does full justice to the men and machines and the god awful Washington direction of the air war in SEA with the 105. The airplane was a tremendous asset and did a job it was never designed for with many pilots and WSO's oweing their lives to it's ability to substain heavy damage and still get them RTB or at least far enough to eject with a pick up possible. The staggering loss rate only shows the quanity of AAA,SAM, and MiG defences they had to fly into. The restrictions placed on targets and weapons allowed by the DC "Planners" and 7th AF border on criminal action in time of war. The books points this out many times. The profiles are useful for model builders to a degree but should always include a top view for this purpose also. Over all another fine book from the publisher.
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From 1965 to 1968, Republic Aircraft's sleek F-105 was the main USAF strike aircraft of the Vietnam War. Facing some of the most sophisticated air defenses in the world, the Thud drivers from units such as the 366th and 388th TFWs pounded North Vietnamese targets day after day in an air campaign doomed from the start by White House mismanagement. By war's end, 397 F-105s had been lost, the highest losses on any USAF aircraft in the war. Peter Davies summarizes the war record of the F-105D and -105F crews who pitted their bravery and skill against Uncle Ho's MiGs, SAMs and AAA units in this 2010 Osprey 'Combat Aircraft' release, #54 in the series.

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.
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The F-105 Thunderchief was a stalwart in the air arm during the Vietnamese War (the aircraft was referred to derisively and by some of its supporters as the "Thud"). While its design began in 1953, it was not until years later that it was deployed. It was a workhorse in the Vietnamese War (page 6), "having completed 20,000 missions and suffered 330 losses to the most concentrated air defences ever experienced."

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.
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First off; this book is a great read from start to finish. It's very well researched and contains copious amounts of photos and color plates as one would expect from Osprey. Having read numerous books on Thud Drivers from the Viet Nam era I knew what to expect and was not disappointed. As a scale model enthusiast, I found the pictures to be of great help.
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.
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As co-author of Tempered Steel, the biography of Colonel James Kasler, and myself a former F-105 weapons loader, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the F-105 Thunderchief, fighter pilots in general, or the Vietnam War in particular. Peter Davies does a great job with his subject. Very readable.
Charles L. Byler
[...]F-105 weapons loader, Bitburg, Germany (1963-1966)
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This book is a very good guide to know F-105 operations over Vietnam. Lot of pictures and photographs about the plane and squadrons. Comments are very important. That era was "The Great Jets Era" and this jet was awesome. My respect and admiration to the USAF pilots who flew this big, fast and beautiful plane. Thanks a lot!.
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