Flew Thuds 1968-1969. Shot down over Laos on my 71st mission on 16 June 69 while flying as Kingfish1. Film taken during my rescue was used in the award winning AF documentary "Faces of Rescue" which told the story of Air Rescue and Recovery in Southeast.
Anyone interested in the "details" can visit:
If you do, hope you find it interesting! My experiences with the Thud were exactly that; oh to be able to do it (almost) all again!!
Al Roehl, 19.02.2018 05:05
Looking for David A. Smith who was on a two man load crew with me , on the M-61 gun on the 105 in 1968 in Takhli Thailand. I found him on some old papers l found and all I have is a service number 11797398. Would like to hear from him.
Bob Boyd, e-mail, 24.12.2017 04:02
I was on F105D program from 1960 to 1965 as a tech instructor on the AFCS. Served a tour on Okinawa with the 18th TFW changing over from F100's. Col. Francis Gabreski was the F100 Wing CO. Cant recall the 105 Wing CO's name.
Carl Grimm, e-mail, 19.10.2017 23:00
I worked on line service part time at the Hutchinson airport from Sept. '66 to Sept. '69. The 105s from McConnell would fly training missions to Smokey Hill and then on their way home many would fly approaches at Hutch. You could always tell their last pass as they would really "light them up" and rattle the hanger windows headed SE to Wichita. Being ex-USAF myself (Ground radar maint., AC&W and SAGE), I always enjoyed watching them.
Ron_Mead, e-mail, 18.10.2017 03:29
Worked at McConnell 72 to 73 then went to George with the 561st. Then F-105 loading until 78 and left for Germany. It was a great plane to work on. Left just before they started going to the guard and was giving out incentives rides to anybody
David Geryak, e-mail, 27.06.2017 00:25
I worked the Thud from Jan 66 to April 66 and moved with the 13thTFS MMS to Korat from late April to may of 67. I spent a lot of time at the arm/de-arm ends of the runway. Spent many hard hours on the line also loading her. Does anyone who was there on the flight line during that time frame remember a thud coming in with the centerline MER rack front latch open and the rear still latched and the front of the rack was angled down. He made a miraculous landing and A1C Dudley and I were at the de-arm to meet him. Does anyone remember that incident among many others that occurred. If you have any information on it or know approximately when it happened please let me know. Also does anyone know were AO was awarded from Korat?
George Haloulakos, e-mail, 31.12.2016 01:43
For a first-hand account of the Republic F-105 Thunderchief in combat during the Vietnam War, please read the book "The Thunder in Me" by Col. John Wright (published 2015). Col. Wright flew 140 missions over North Vietnam in the F-105 and provides an informative, educational and inspiring retrospective on this historic aircraft from the perspective of a strike pilot. Prior to flying the F-105, Col. Wright flew 100 missions over North Korea in the F-84 and later registered about 1,000 hours in the Convair B-58 Hustler. Chapter 10 is my favorite part of this book due to its focus on the F-105 Thunderchief and Col. Wright's narrative that literally places the reader in the cockpit at the height of the Vietnam War. This book affirms why the F-105 Thunderchief is a testimony to American exceptionalism.
Craig Ja-Moo Jarvis, e-mail, 05.11.2016 03:01
Okinawa-Kadena. 1964/65 418th MMS Load Crew #6 for the F-105 Thunderchief. Lots of time in Korat & Taklli Thailand supporting our ground troops in Vietnam. Bangkok was our R&R. Trying but good times back then, would returnin a heart beat.
Ted Tedesco, e-mail, 23.07.2016 09:00
I served with USAF and worked on the ASG-19 FCS on the F-105D at Nellis AFB from Jan-63 to Dec-65. Are any of you guys I worked with and played sports with still around?
Tom (Rossum-) Septembre, e-mail, 13.04.2016 19:35
I left a previous comment regarding my tour as a Crew Chief with the 34th TFS F-105 67-68 Korat, Thailand. Dennis Gurnee was also a Crew Chief at Korat the same time. We are now in touch. If anyone remembers him and wants to get in touch, email me and I will pass it on to him.
Foun more pictures of the flight line, maintenance headquarters, our open air rooms and the bar ANY PLACE.
Thomas, e-mail, 13.11.2015 13:51
I am trying to contact the following people who posted about the F-105 here but the email links do not work. Could those named in the following list please email me at: email@example.com
Mike (Tug) Hogan Don Bequette Gary Retterbush Alan Bricker Raymond Boback Thomas Bomback Richard A Felder Len Travaille C. E. Bud Williams Ed Langham Gary Ray Hal Shrum Sal Orlando Ron Wallace Beetle Bailey Gene Du Boff David Burns Larry Brantl Paul Soucy Roy Pagnini BOB KINDER
Thomas, e-mail, 12.11.2015 19:02
Well, I thought I had it worked out but the 'email' link highlighted in blue on the visitors comments page for the F-105 does not work. Tried several individuals but nothing happens. Anyone help with that?
Tom Docherty, e-mail, 12.11.2015 18:58
Disregard my last post, I worked it out!
Tom Docherty, e-mail, 12.11.2015 18:55
How do I make email contact with the F-105 men who have added comments here on this site?
Tom Docherty, e-mail, 08.06.2015 13:42
I am currently researching the F-105 and hope to contact pilots who flew the type with the 36TFW and 49TFW in USAFE prior to Vietnam and with ANG units post Vietnam. Any help would be much appreciated.
Stephen, e-mail, 10.04.2015 20:45
Question.... Was anyone stationed at Kadena prior to 1965 awarded the AF Long Tour Overseas ribbon? I was not, although my personnel file notes 18 months overseas service. We started bombing in middle to late 1964 (Couldn't say where, but it wasn't Viet Nam), although the official start of the war was 1965.
Jim Eng, e-mail, 15.03.2015 02:35
For Denny Waiter; We got the bomb bay open on a B Model that went from the AF Museum to Willow Run, it was later destroyed in a fire. Give me an email and I think I can tell you how to do it, or maybe run down. [firstname.lastname@example.org] Worked on them from early 1963 to 1970, weapons man.
Larry Budzowski, e-mail, 07.03.2015 03:09
I worked on the THUDS in Tahkli Thailand I was an aircraft electrian and did launch and recovery. A great airplane. BTW anyone know about agent orange in Thailand
TOm Murray, e-mail, 28.02.2015 22:27
Served in the gun shop for the 418MMs from 9/71 until 3/73. Worked on 20 mm cannons for the F105 and F4's. Then went to Homestead AB in weapons releace . Anyone know where CMSGT Harold Inman ended up?
Harold (Pappy) Harmon, e-mail, 23.02.2015 20:05
I worked on Doppler Radar on F105Ds at Nellis AFB, NV, 1962 and 1963. It was an awesome plane and good to work on. It carried an amazing amount of ordinance at one time.
Louis Hurtado, USAF RET, e-mail, 23.02.2015 03:40
I was crew chief in 388tFW, 469th TFS 1968-1969. I was night shift crew chief on F-105D 220. Moved to 34th TFS after 469th broke up and transitioned to F-4E. I did second tour at Takhli with 44th TFS on F-105D 0076 JUlY - DEC 1970. Finished tour back at Korat DEC - April 1972.
Ed Rock, e-mail, 11.02.2015 17:36
Flew the 105 for 10 years on and off. 35th TFS, 4526th, 354th, 13th, 333rd, 561st, 17th WWS. Always brought me home!
Eldred Duane Mitchell, e-mail, 10.02.2015 17:57
This is my favorite aircraft. I loaded munitions on her during the Vietnam war. I was at Korat RTAB, Thailand, 388TFW 13TFS, June 1966 to June 1967. I kept a daily log of what munitions my team loaded on the THUD and I still have that log today. Many good memories here.
Bill Willey, e-mail, 07.02.2015 08:41
Started with the B-29 & B-36, recip eng.B-52/KC-135 jet tech 43270, Fairchild, Spangdahlem F100 & F105, J-75 repair shop, test cell, flightline, Nellis , Korat, McConnel, F-43270, Nellis F-111, 1951-1972 retired. F-105, many hours in Acft & trim pad. The "Thud", my favorite.
Paul Scott, e-mail, 18.01.2015 04:21
Classic aircraft - one of the earliest successes after the Sabre, of the American aircraft industry, truly brilliant machine!
Robert Sehl, e-mail, 10.11.2014 15:01
Like this site. Nice to hear from some former 462xx0 troops. Thanks
Ralph Cabrera, e-mail, 08.11.2014 09:18
i was a crew chief on the T Stick II Acft in the 563RD TFS at McConnell AFB. My Acft was 61-0044, balls 44. Any former crew chiefs out there, get in touch.
My first pilot, Major "Digger" Odell A/C#24236, Call ISAIAH 6:8. Shot Down over N. Vietnam Oct 68. Returned home with the last POW group. I remember the first aircraft assigned to me had no tail section due to major combat damage. One night we borrowed a good tail section from the engine run up pad. No one missed it. I also remember our pilots coming back with barely airworthy aircraft due to new ventilation holes and pieces of wings missing. The line truck picked me up once to help with one that slid down the runway with no brakes and no drag shoot and the one that a wheel came off and slammed into the revetment wall a few feet from me. That I will never forget nor when Isaiah 6:8 did not return.
On another topic, I am seeking to contact any of my fellow ground crew who have been successful in obtaining VA Agent Orange disability. Please respond by email.
Thank you for letting me serve with you. I am glad that you all have kept this page up.
Becky Purcell arts, e-mail, 05.08.2014 07:15
My dad was at Korat with 12TAC FTR Squadron. 1964-1965. Capt. Robert B. Purcell. On July 27,1965 he was shot down & was POW for almost 8 years. I would love to find the crew chief that helped him into the Thunderchief on that day. I have a name, N Fetrucci who I know worked along side him from Jan. - June 1965.obe found 3 C/Cs that know & have worked with him but not on that July day. Daddy died aost 5 years ago. I would welcome any help. Thank you. Becky Purcell Arts Beckyarts@me.com
Al Roehl, e-mail, 04.07.2014 01:37
Yes I was a weapons mech.Was at McConnel 66-67 Then Takhli in 68. Back to McConnel till discharge in Jan 70 Loaded everything on my crew.Overseas I worked in gun shop. Loved the gun shop. Lots of gun jams. knew the M-61 well Worked on it till I was out
Ron Mead, e-mail, 07.06.2014 07:22
Worked as a loader at McConnel from 1972 to 1973. Then moved with them to George until 1978 when they started going to the Guard. Was a great plane. Anybody else out there who was a weapons loader on them
Denny Waite, e-mail, 09.05.2014 22:58
We are going to mount a F-105 in the air here in Tupelo MS. Does anyone know how to get the bomb bay doors open without cutting on the plane? Ours does have the fuel tank still in it also. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
HGF, e-mail, 17.02.2014 03:03
Yes I do, I was there.
Steve Hartford, e-mail, 17.02.2014 02:53
Does anyone remember the 32day period when the 23rd lost 13 aircraft? There was a mid air, running out of fuel and target fixation and other situations
Mike (Tug) Hogan a1/c, e-mail, 16.02.2014 05:16
I was a crew chief on the f100 & f105 49 tfw at Spangdahlem Ger. 59-62. Don't remember a Sgt Ron Shram. I loved to see start up at night. Also on the run up pad in afterburner. Lot's of good memories of the f105 & Germany. Was in the 8th tfw when first arrived. Many tdy's to Wheelus in Libya.
MSG Stephen Oles (USARET), e-mail, 26.01.2014 22:30
I served with the 418th MMS, 18th TAC FTR Wing at Kadena. June 64- Dec 65. Duty with the the Ready Line delivery section and later Munitions Control (MC). I worked MC night shift, so it was tough to sleep during the day when test engines were run up to full AB. So many memories and story's and an exciting time. Re-belted so much 20 mm Ball. I believe we were the first to fly combat in VN. Two outstanding Unit Citations. Six months after I rotated, unit was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal. Also built and assisted in loading the thud with 750's, 2.75 rockets W/HEAT heads, MK-82's. and some BLU-1B Napalm. Room mate was a weapons troop always TDY to SEA, so I practically had the room to myself. One time I assisted in the de-arm for a bird coming in from Japan. Pilot refused to open bomb bay doors. After a few threats, he opened the doors and there six Kawasaki motorcycles hanging in the bay. We told him to close the doors and move out (I know nothing). Also rode shotgun on Nuc delivery during an ORI, armed with a .45. Was told NO ONE was to get closer than 50 ft of the weapon. An inspector (Lt Col) wanted to inspect for safety and kept coming closer. Told him to stop and had to draw my weapon (don't even remember if it was loaded), and he stopped. Don't know who was more scared, me or him. Later in 64 early 65, we really got away from practice munitions and went to the real stuff. Loved the rock and the Thud. Nothing more beautiful than Kadena runway at night, with thuds taking off with full AB. Volunteered to go to VN or Thailand, but was always refused. Don't know if I'm lucky or not. Recently stopped at a small war museum that had a thud on a pedestal. Researched with curator, and found that particular bird was at Kadena the same time I was (what a thrill). Trying to find a 418th MMS patch for that time with no luck. God bless to all the "BB" stackers and muzzle loaders (461XX0/462XX0)past and present.
Don Bequette [ Biscuit], e-mail, 25.12.2013 05:20
Bitburg Germany. Lord, what a cold duty station that was. If I only could go back. Raymond Boback. I served with you in the 23rd. Yes, the wing of the 105 took no prisoners. I took a fall off that high wing attempting to break loose the pylon cap while down loading a wing tank. Did not know it at the time, but broke my back. Still paying for that miscue. I was the cockpit man on load team 20. All of my team members are still living and I stay in touch with them still. Doyle Wilhite and I went to high school together and ultimately roomed together. We ran around in his Austin Healy sprite and had a hell of a good time. Small world isn't it? The guys on my team were Dante Biagi, Dave Nutzel And Thelton Alexander. Great bunch of guys. Do you remember BEFOLG? NCOIC . Name was Earnist Stairwalt. The acronym stood for Big Earny F***s over little guys. Yep! The 105, she was a beautiful bird. As the cockpit man, I was lucky in that I was out of the weather while you, driving the MJ-1 was out in the rain. Doyle is hanging tough. He got his butt in a sling for shooting a dog running deer on his property. And he did pay DEERLY for that indiscretion. I must say, the three years I spent at Bitburg were the most enjoyable in my 70 years I have walked this earth. I always enjoyed TDY at Wheelus and like yourself, I really loved the Med. I don't know if you remember Fitzmaurice. His crew were wet bore sighting the cannon at the wet bore sight pit. Fitz was in the observation bunker down range. His team members slipped some HEI in for test fire rather than ball ammo. Burned the target cloth all to hell and Fitz said it sounded like someone was heaving pea gravel on the bunker door. Drop me a line and we can reminisce. Biscuit
Terry McGinnis, e-mail, 17.12.2013 02:49
Anyone remember my dad (Scott McGinnis)as a crew chief on 105s at Kadena during 66-68? Terry McGinnis
Al Roehl, e-mail, 08.12.2013 07:10
Have not heard from anyone that I served with. Sure would like to. Was in Wichita before and after Takhli. Worked for John Quinn-T-set in the gun shop.Can't remember a lot of names from back then. If any one remembers me sure would love to hear from you. Have a great holiday. Al Roehl
Phil Culver, e-mail, 24.10.2013 22:36
John Burns, I don't remember many people at McConnell in 72, but I do remember a Jim Zink who recently got back from Nam as a Huey door gunner. He had hair gel long hair tucked up under his hat which he never took off. I believe he was a buck sergeant. I also remember a SSgt Burkett, who was my trainer. Burkett had some burn scaring on his face. Why? I don't know.
John Burns, e-mail, 10.10.2013 07:41
I was with the 563rd TFS 1970-1972 working on the T-Stick II mod in Doppler/INS. The latter part of that period I was a Post-Flight Debriefer. I was 21 years old and the time and now 65 years old. Hard to remember names. I will check all of these comments.
Al Roehl, e-mail, 15.07.2013 05:23
Was in from 66-70. Wichita Ks.66-67.Takhli 68.Wichita 69-70 discharge. weapons mech on 105. Worked in gun shop in Wichita and Takhli. Really liked the gun shop. Great plane 105!
Bill Dillard, e-mail, 12.07.2013 18:41
Found this wonderful page hoping to find some information concerning my late father's time as a F-105 pilot. We were stationed at Spangdahlem 60-64 and then at McConnel from 67-70 where he was the 563rd. If anybody knew my father Col. William N Dillard would love to hear from you.
Phil Culver, e-mail, 17.06.2013 23:52
Should'a posted a few dates. Got to McConnell in May 1972, off to Korat in September, back to McConnell for a few more months and then to George April 1973. Retired in Feb 1992 as a SMSgt.
Phil Culver, e-mail, 17.06.2013 23:47
The F-105G Wild Weasel was my first jet after Chanute Tech School. I was an Instruments Technician assigned to the 561 TFS at McConnell AFB, KS. After 3 months of OJT, they ship me off to Korat on a 90 TDY. Being a newbie, I didn't know ( :) ) I had to travel in uniform. Bad choice for me once I got to Travis. Korat was something else as a 19 year old guy. You know what I mean. I worked not only the nickle, but Connies, EB-66, T29s, even a B-57 which IFE'd in. Korat was the only time in 20 years active duty I saw an SR-71. It and a F-105 G looked to be drag racing about 200' altitude going balls out. Back to the States and to George AFB with the 35TFW to continue 105 work. I loved that aircraft. Always wished I got a flight in it. Best I did was a night time trim pad run to full AB. What a kick in the butt.
Kraig Hayner, e-mail, 11.06.2013 18:52
I was the Lead NCO on the Combat Thunder Program for the Inertial / Doppler Radar Section at the Tactical Air Warfare Center (TAWC) at Eglin AFB in the late 60's. I was from the 23 TFW at McConnell AFB and spent my last year of service in Florida. It was rough, but someone had to do it.
SCHRAMMJ, e-mail, 04.06.2013 06:27
My late older brother, Sgt RONALD ALLEN SCHRAM, USAFE, was stationed with 49th TFW as part of the CES in Spangdahlem. They received an AFOUA. Trying to find out WHY the unit received it. Must be a simple answer or resource to look up. Cannot connect the dots. His last part of this tour of the USAFE was at Sembach Germany. Part of the 601st TCW. Love to know more. Thank you in advance. Michael
chief, e-mail, 17.05.2013 09:10
Crew chief 12thTFS Kadena A F B KJ Tague other forward elements 1969 to1971
Jeff Nawman, e-mail, 13.05.2013 00:58
I am looking for anyone who might have flown with or knew my uncle- Major William N. Wright. He flew F105s in Viet Nam and I believe his suqadron left from McConnel AFB to go to Viet Nam. I don't know his squadron number or whether he was based in Thailand or not. Any information would be appreciated.
John G. Shubert, e-mail, 11.02.2013 19:31
I worked on the F-105 B's and D's at Seymour Johnson AFB N.C. from april 1960 till november 1963. First with 4th CAM Sq then three years with the 334th TFS. These times were very interesting with constant modifications and participating in cold war crisis's of that time.
Gary Retterbush, e-mail, 24.01.2013 20:59
By Far the best bird I ever had the honor of flying! I flew the first one non-stop from Mobile to Bitburg and flew her at the Paris Air Show. Did a tour at Nellis as an IP and then a tour at Takhli. Flew the last bird home from Spangdahlem for the F4 conversion; a sad day! Had her at 50 ft AGL and 840 knots with the bomb bay doors open; yes, she could go fast on the deck! It breaks my heart that there isn't one flying today. It deserves a place in the wild blue yonder.
Alan Bricker, e-mail, 21.01.2013 10:59
I was in the 113th TFW of the D.C.ANG at Andrews AFB when they had F105D & F models. It was a great aircraft to work on. I was in the Weapons/Fire Control team(Radar/Bombing Computer). I've lost touch with the guys from the unit. It would be great to hear from any of them. I am in California now and saw a couple of the F-16's the DCANG now flys at an air show at Moffet NAS and talked w/ the crew. I loved watching and listening to the F-105's taking off and their distinct sound as they fly over. I was proud to see 60-0445 that I worked on, on display at the Air and Space Museum annex at Dulles in such nice shape.
Raymond Boback, e-mail, 02.12.2012 07:20
I was assigned to the 36TFW in Germany. Was there from June of 1964 until June of 1967. We had the 105 D's and F models. Started out in the 336 MMS and then some of this was broken into the 23FS, 22FS and 53FS. The fighter squadrons consisted of the pilot, crew chief and the weapons personnel. I was assigned to the 23FS and was the MJ1 driver of our load crew. We loaded Mk28 and Mk 43,plus all the conventional weapons around at that time. Love working on that plane except when I fell off the wing twice, that's a long drop to the ground. Those wings were slick in the winter. Had some great friends in those squadrons, don't know what happened to a lot of them. Dave Kytola (died in 2011, really miss him), Doyle Wilhite, Bob Sims and so many others. Miss those guys. We had great times in Bitburg bars, especially the Dixie Bar. Spent many trips to Wheelus and loved the sea. Got to work in t-shirts and sometime no shirts due to the heat. Once I went to the restroom in the maintenance office and came off that commode like a bat out of hell when I reached for the toilet paper and a scorpion was sitting on the paper. While at Wheelus some of us got to take rides in the F models, what a kick in the pants. To go on bomb runs and air combat was just great, those gloves came in handy one time. Got to see a lot of Europe, liked most of it. Sometime in 1966 we started to get the F4D's and we lost a great plane in the 105. The F4's were a bunch of junk and so was the Sparrow missile. I hated loading them in the winter. Try loading a nuc. in the winter and connecting the plug. That is what caused me to get frost bite on my fingers. During late 1966 the Air Force was calling for people to go to Nam. My buddy Dave and I volunteered and were turned down. The reason, they don't have nuc's over there, let them take them out of weapons school. June of 1967 was assigned to Davis-Monthan in Tucson and so were Dave, Doyle and Bob. WE were all short timers when we got there and the four of us were on the same load team. Can't believe how easy it was to re-certify. Loaded one set of weapons, then to the coffee shop for the rest of the day. Just signed off on the rest of the loads that were called for. State side didn't have to do full loads of anything. When we signed on to base and met the squadron commander who reviewed are files, he saw that Dave and I volunteered for Nam and wanted to know if we were still interested, guess what we said, NO Thank You Sir.WE were ask many times to go and promised a stripe before we left and another stripe when we got there. He made it sound very interesting, but with less then 90 days left on our enlistment we turned it down. Was even asked the day we signed off of base. Got to live off base while they remodeled the close barracks. Hell, they lost track of where we were and believed we were in one of the remodeled barracks. They found us when we were ready to be discharged. Loved that 105 and thought it was the best the Air Force had. The should have made more.
Lauren Eastwood, e-mail, 01.12.2012 17:13
Worked on the "thud" while assigned to the 388th TFW hydraulic shop at Korat RTAB, Thailand. Rebuilt a lot of afterburned actucatos while assigned to in-shop.
RIchard Vander Jagt, e-mail, 19.11.2012 07:03
I was stationed at itazuki from summer '62 thu summer '64 in the 8th A&E Fire Control System. Worked F-100 autopilot while waiting for F-105's to be delivered. When my 2yrs was almost up, got sent to George AFB and the F-4C. Later trained in reserves as C-119 Loadmaster. Loved the 105.
Tom Elder, e-mail, 15.11.2012 16:06
I was in the 36th TFS 65-66 crewed A/C 372 , was at Tahkli with it in 65 Then it was my pleasure to be a part of the bunch that helped form the 34th TFS at Korat. There until Feb 67. Wondering if Gerald LaFrienere,Bobby Brown, Billy Brewer and others from that time are still around. My time on the F105 was short but the highlite of 20 AF yrs. Awesome people in those TFS's.
Thomas Bomback, e-mail, 08.10.2012 06:51
on my enlistment 61/64 at Spang. Germany I Crew Chiefed Acft 61-103. To this day am still very proud of this aircraft. Was fun to work on.
bob lima, e-mail, 15.09.2012 19:35
working at republic in farmingdale li, i was sent to bitburg germany base to do modification on f-105 in 1963. so i believe, yes they were exported. note: 29-10-2011
Tom Taylor, e-mail, 07.08.2012 23:30
I was at McConnell AFB from July 1967 to July 1970. I was a 322 Weapons System Mechanic ASG 19 Radar),with the 561 TFS. Never went to Thailand or elsewhere. Moved to Shelbyville, TN in 1982. In 1983 or 1984, a Thud flew into Arnold AFB, Tullahoma for static display. I was the only fighter to fly into Arnold for static display. There are at least 6 other fighters on display there now. What a great fighter aircraft for its time.
Bob Stormeer, e-mail, 05.07.2012 21:01
I was assigned to the 67th TFS, 18TFW at Kadena AB from early 1965 to Aug 1966 as bomb loader (46250) on F-105s. Starting late 1965 I went TDY to Korat Thailand for 90 days. After that I another TDY to Korat and then a TDY to Takhli. On the TDYs to Korat we had long hours loading bombs, aand during one of the 36 hour load periods an AIM-9B Sidewinder was launched while wringing the A/C for pre-load checks. That was exciting. Nobody got physically hurt, but messed with few peoples minds and they got re-assigned. It never exploded because it finally came apart after hitting an A/C jack, a truck and building. The problem was later found to be short in the pylon that launched the missile when the "flashlight" check was initiated. We loaded lots of 750LB GPs, 2,75 FFARs, Sidewinders, and a few 3000LB GPs, Air-to ground missiles (I don't remember the specific designation). I was the MG-1 driver and on one of trips to Korat it was "rice bug" season and I got hit in forehead by one of them while hauling bomb to the A/C. They large hard-shelled bugs that were delicacy for the Thai people. I never ate one but did run over a lot of them with the MJ-1. Another memorable event at Korat was when another crew member (Larry Darland) and myself were assigned de-arming duty on the runway when the planes came back. It was hot, as usual, the planes were a little coming back so Larry and I laid down on the cots to rest. I don't know how long we were asleep but the planes came back and we didn't hear them until the lead plane pilot revved up the engine and finally woke us up. We both jumped up and ran into each other and fell back on the cots. We gained our composure and got the safety pins in, and the pilot was still laughing. It must have been a funny sight from his perspective. I really enjoyed working on the F-105s. They were a unique airplane for weapons, with three wing stations on each side, and internal bomb bay that usually carried a fuel tank. I can only remember loading one dummy nuke on the internal rack, and that was just to stay certified. There was also a centerline station that would accommodate the MER (multiple ejector rack) for GP bombs. While I was at Takhli a plane came back with a hung 750 GP on the bottom front center of the MER (the closet to the ground). He couldn't jettison the bomb or the entire rack. He made very gentle landing so the bomb wouldn't scrape the runway and everything turned out OK. The plane was a real workhorse for the mission needed during Vietnam.
Clint Lynch MSgt ret., e-mail, 11.04.2012 05:31
I worked as a Jet Engine Mech for 7 years. Frist at Nellis when they first arrived, then Japan with TDYs in Korea, Thailand. Went on mobility to korat in 1966-67. I left the 105 and went to Williams AFB with run up and taxi on 38's f5's and 39's. Back to Bein Hoa with the F100
Chuck Balo, e-mail, 01.04.2012 23:23
Seymour Johnson AFB 64-66 32251N Offensive Weapons Control Great Bird....I learned a lot about life in those 3 years. I'll never forget my Service. Proud to have served with this Bird.
Richard A Felder, e-mail, 19.03.2012 13:49
I was stationed at bitburg Germany 1961-1964, 36TFW, 23rd squadron straight out of technical school. Always had a suntan because I went to Wheelus, North Africa act.
Tom G., e-mail, 10.03.2012 08:55
I was with the 418th MMS Squadron Kadena AFB from 1970-71 working in the Gun Shop. We were the first to utilize a laser to boresight the M-61 Vulcan cannon. Our Chiefs treated us with the utmost respect, so I enjoyed my 18 month tour. In 1971 we also transitioned the 18th TAC wing over from the F-105 to F-4 Phantoms. Going from "walking" under the wings to constantly stooped over dealing with the centerline SUU-16 on a Phantom, you learn to appreciate a good design. We also took care of the emergency flares at the ends of the runways, a good day to get out of the shop and get a close view of the Habu taking off.
Robert Dunn, e-mail, 15.02.2012 03:50
This is a second post. Chuck Anderson and I arrived at Yokota AFB on Oct. 15 1966. It was nearly midnight and it was a misty, rainy night we we stepped of the Brannif Airliner and look down to our left all you could see was a double row of thunderchiefs lit up by the light-alls. It was a most impressive sight and I've never forgotten it. Chuck and I were half of a load crew with Gary Moss who lives it Pa now and our crew chief was Mike "puke" Nelson, He was a riot. Working on the 105 was a joy, If I could go do it again I would. Chuck and I kept in touch all these years up until he passed away two years ago. But the memories of great times together and profound friendship linger on. Unfortunately I lost all of my photos of Osan and Yokota in a move to Germany in the mid 1970's and would love to those other have of those places from that time.
Klaatu83, e-mail, 29.10.2011 15:54
"Perhaps because of its complexity, no F-105 was ever exported."
The fact that it was very LARGE and very EXPENSIVE probably had a lot more to do with that.
John Bush, e-mail, 16.10.2011 23:29
Stationed at Seymour 58/62 4th. CAMS instrument shop.We had the F100s then (58) Switched to F105 58/59? 335th had first 105s in Florida. Remember working in the (Ball Room) on the CADC computer system. (no pleasure there) Instrument systems could be a pain but it was a real air hog. Sorry so many were lost in Nam. Enjoyed living in Goldsboro ( Hoods Trailer Court) with my young bride. Decided to come home in 62. Almost did'nt make it because if the Cuban deal. Got a 105 on display at Hickory NC airport. Need to go see the ole gal.
Don Goeke, e-mail, 10.10.2011 23:18
The F-105D-31RE was delivered to Itazuke in the middle of 1963 while I was stationed their. We passed our ORI with flying colors and then in the middle of 1964 They closed the base and we all had to move to Yokota AB and when the Gulf of Tonkin happened we were the first F-105 outfit to send the Thud to Korat and fly out of their. The 36th TFS was the first squadron to go. I worked the F-105 at Itazuke, Yokota and then I was reasigned to the depot at McClellan AFB at Sacramento. I worked on them for a few more years and I was also involed with the modification makeing the "G" model. I made several trips back to Takhli to do modifiactions on the "thud" and that aircraft is still the love of my life it was a beautiful aircraft in flight and I worked it with all of my heart. At the present time I still like to find them and see where they are. To me it was a great aircraft and I know for about 4 years they flew about 75% of the bombing missions over North Vietnam and the high loss rate don't mean it was bad aircraft at all it just means it did a lot of work.
William M. (Mike) Butler, e-mail, 14.06.2011 22:15
I was at Kadena Okinawa with the F-105 '63-'64. McConnel '64-'65. Takli & Korat '65-'66. I was a 46250. This was a great a/c.
bill gorse, e-mail, 22.05.2011 15:46
I WORKED AT REPUBLIC DURING F-105F. ALSO ALL UPGRADES ON LOOK ALIKE PROGRAMS. GREAT AIRCRAFT
Gary L Lomg, e-mail, 01.05.2011 21:58
I was stationed at McConnell AFB, Wichita, KS Sept. 69 to Dec. 72, with the 563TFS (Flying Aces). One of 4 squadrons in the 23TFW, of Flying Tigers fame. They were the 561st, 562nd, and 563rd TFS with F-105Ds and a few F-105Bs. The fourth squadron as the 4019th flying F-105Fs, the Wild Weasels. I was a Radio Nav Tech.
The 563rd got the Loran D navigation in 1971, I think it was. Kenerd Nez and I were the only 2 guys in the whole Air Force trained for flight line maintenance of the F-105 Loran D system. We went TDY to Eglin AFB to break in and test the new modification. That could be a story in itself.
I like to think the history of the F-105 and the expertise of pilots and ground support personnel, upholds the fine tradition of the 23 Flying Tigers.
Jay Mc Ginnis, e-mail, 13.04.2011 03:53
I was a weapons troop with the first nickle unit in SEA in 64. We were out of Yokata AB Japan.
Wayne Ruppe, e-mail, 02.04.2011 07:27
I was a weapons mechanic on the Thud from 1968 to 1972. I was at Kedena 68-69 Takhli 70 McConnell 71-72. I worked on the gun system and loved it. The 105 doesn't get the credit it deserves for the job it did in Nam. It was a workhorse. In most documentaries it is barely mentioned. I Love That Plane! If any of you were stationed with me shoot me a line I would love to hear from you.
Corky, e-mail, 08.03.2011 19:51
I was first stationed at McConnell in Oct of 67 right out of basi of c training at Amarillo Tex working on F-105 B,D,Fs and G models then I went to Korat for a year in May 68 to May of 69 as an engine mechanic. In Oct of 71 Came back to McConnell on the 105's. Finally wound up for the end of the 105's at Kansas Air National Guard and saw the end of the Thuds. I was the last one to run the last F-105 made (63-8366) Currently on display at McConnell. A lot of fond memories of this planes are in my mind!
Corky, e-mail, 08.03.2011 19:44
I was first stationed at McConnell in Oct of 67 right out of basi of c training at Amarillo Tex working on F-105 B,D,Fs and G models then I went to Korat for a year in May 68 to May of 69 as an engine mechanic. In
Corky, e-mail, 08.03.2011 19:44
I was first stationed at McConnell in Oct of 67 right out of basi of c training at Amarillo Tex working on F-105 B,D,Fs and G models then I went to Korat for a year in May 68 to May of 69 as an engine mechanic. In
Mike Heffron, e-mail, 06.03.2011 01:27
The Thud was my baby during my 4 year enlistment; Inertial & Doppler Nav Tech. Started at McConnell in 1968. In 69' I was sent to Eglin AFB to be part of the original T-Stick test team. The 105's were all fitted with doppler nav in an outboard starboard bay. The T Stick placed an inertial nav system in the "turtle deck" running along the top. Great duty on that team; the birds (just 2 if I recall) would fly in the AM. When they returned we'd check the system out, try to diagnose the issue then head to the beach as the contractor took over. 3 months of that then off to Kadena and real work again. Spent the rest of my enlistment with the 18th TAC and most of that time TDY to Korea (KJ and Tageau), Thailand (Korat), Japan, Guam and PI when we booked out for "Phoons". Made a few short TDY trips in VN with the Wing's C-130 Aug E's. Loved the 105 and preferred working on the Thud than the F-4's. The inertial nav on the F-4's were a bitch just to get to!
william sauers, e-mail, 03.03.2011 23:08
The F105 was my last fighter,I loved her.My previous were F100 and the F-19(S.V.N.L-19 designated F-19 when she got 2.75 rockets With 3.75 W.P.warheads for target marking. You could destroy most of the target with a fighter pilots deadeye hit.) Choice of aircraft and command REWARD for setting up the air war in SVN I chose TAC and the F105,trnd at nellis but got shut down for birds blowing up mid air, finished transition a Mc Connell in time for the Gulf of Tonkin crisis,oooppps, been there 2 times before Cuban Missle and ALO/FAC Crisis. 3's a charm, I guess. As a new Capt. and still the Jr. Officer the 523rd tfs,23tfw was off to Tahli Thialand(of course we weren't there? got a AIR FORCE COMMENDATION as mobility officer , and being called to set up to take a flight of 4 our eqpt and me back to Saigon to fly missions to show F-105's were there!!!! Any way I was the only pilot in the Squadron with 1 year of combat time,so I outranked the others, including 2 of my flight mates , who stayed and became Generals A.@R.Well we did what our sweet F105 was capable, and not reported anywhere, we flew missions carrying 12x750# bombs. Our targets were the tunnel area at AnSon the iron triangle,an old area where they used to fire at my F-19,BAD KARMA for them, I came back. I have pics to prove the load and our launches. The F105 range was way less but we could get to 24,000' and you had to use AFTERBURNER TO ROLL IN AND REGAIN SPEED,RELEASING YOUR BOMBS AND KEEPING YOU FINGER READY TO JETTISON THE RACKS SON BOMBS IF THEY DIDN'T RIPPLE RELEASE. All went well, the sweetheart F105 did her job. We got to see first hand what those 750#'s look like when one of our squadron mates came back to base with 2-750#s hung on the MER rack ,and he wanted to land with them. HE WAS ORDERED TO JETTISON THE RACK SAFE in the jettison area of the end of the runwys. We all went outside operations to watch. The MER came of clean but the safetys did not keep them from detonating.WOW no wonder those N.V.N. were p.o-ed. Shrapnel flew all over the base, they made him pick it up--no no. He had to buy us all drinks, including our loyal hard working enlisted supporters. I DID REGRET SEEING US LEAVE V.N. I loved the people.
Len Travaille, e-mail, 31.01.2011 21:27
Started on the thud at Spangdahlem. Worked in PE dock for sgt Harlow. Then onto McConell and worked as crew chief. Several TDYs to SEA PCS to Korat in 65 It was a great war hog Alot of memories and friends and alot of hours
Jerry Walterreit, USAF Retired, e-mail, 29.01.2011 23:32
Worked on the F-105 at Korat RTAFB from July 1966 through July 1967 and Nellis AFB until I crossed over to the F-111. I worked in the Instrument field and enjoyed my time with the F-105.
Middle School @ Kadena, e-mail, 17.01.2011 22:26
Cira 1968 - Middle School was near the end of one of the Runways at Kadena by the back gate (where the B-52 blew up on takeoff one early AM in 68-69). We used to see pairs of F-4s and F-105s taking off with afterburner all the time. Two F-4s with 4 engines under burner were loud - you could scream at the top of your lungs and just barely hear the next kid. Two F-105s under burner were another matter and were very much louder. The air and ground would vibrate and your chest would rattle and I literally couldn't hear myself. The closest Hollywood ever came to capturing this was in the "original" Star Wars when Han Solo blasts off out of the Mos Eisley spaceport in the Falcon. Even that was sedate compared to the real aircraft.
C. E. Bud Williams, e-mail, 15.01.2011 22:43
I was in the last class of five from the Georgia ANG that checked out in the G model Thud in Wichita, KN. A memorable time for all! McConnell will never be the same!
VERNON SYMES, e-mail, 10.01.2011 01:25
After 4 yrs in the USAF working on the B-47's I went to to work at Republic as a electrician wiring the harnesses in the bomb bay and then the 'Ballroom" & the cockpit before moving to the flight line as a Auto Pilot Technician on the 105's. I was there from 1960 to 1964 being laid off 4 times as usual in those days. I was called back to work for them when they got the contract to convert a few of them for the "THUNDER BIRDS" flying team. I was the so called lucky guy to disarm the explosive bolts on the top tanks.
Bud Clark, e-mail, 03.01.2011 20:04
worked for 20 years at Republic worked on the first 105 eo be built
Bud Clark, e-mail, 03.01.2011 19:59
worked for 20 years at Republic worked on the first 105 eo be built
Dale A Youngs, e-mail, 22.12.2010 02:46
I was a crew cheif of a weapons load crew and loaded many f-105's in my year at KoratRTAFB 1972. Went TDY with a few thuds when we bombed haipong an hanoi agin. Will never forget my experiences with the thud.
bob middleton, e-mail, 21.12.2010 15:47
I probably know a lot of you guys out there --just don't remember names. Sorry. I was in the 35th, 36th, 80th, 34th, 44th, 67th out of Yokota, Kadena, Osan, Kunsan, Takhli, and Korat. Finished with 100 over the North and 1000+ hours in the Thud. E-Mail me if you remember. Later. Bob Middleton
Bob Middleton, e-mail, 20.12.2010 22:39
Hated the F-4; loved the Nickel. Tree-top level over Hanoi with full burner going, a bluish-haze started filling the windscreen. Looked down at the speed -- 810 knots !!! Jesse Deets Smith -- we were headhunters together at Yokota. Piowaty and I are presently hiding out in Florida waiting for the next brushfire. Later.
Marlin Blake, e-mail, 17.12.2010 21:50
I have almost 2,000 hours, including 100 missions over NV in '66-67 and never had any problems with this aircraft. 4.5 years in maintenance flight test included.
Ed Langham, e-mail, 05.12.2010 20:51
My entire 8 yr career in the AF was as a Fire Control Tech on the F105. July 1960 - July 1968. 4 yr at Bitburg AB, Germany,a year at McConnell, a year at Korat, Thailand, and a final year at McConnell. What a great aircraft!! It got many pilots home with major battle damage. Sadly, many weren't so lucky.
gary ray, e-mail, 04.12.2010 22:11
I picked up a brand new f-105 at the factory IN Farmingdale,ny. Flew it back to Spangdahlem ab Germany via Mobile, Bermuda, and Torrejon. What a wonderful AIRMACHINE.
Bob Werkowski, e-mail, 15.11.2010 20:10
Worked on Thuds from 62 to 73 At Itazuke,Yokota,McConnell,Korat,Nellis.Was Crew Chief,Flight Chief and ended up as Maintenance Superintendent of the 563rd. T-Stick 11's Great Plane.
Stretch, e-mail, 14.11.2010 22:27
I wa an Asst Crew Chief on the thuds in Takhli Feb 66-Dec 66. The Thud could take some kind of Damage and get home! I had one come back with Damage to Rt Wing just behind the Leading Edge flap, it was long enough and Wide enough to Stand up thru the Wing!! And still made it all the way back to Takhli!! Another one got "Stitched from Nose to Tail! Made it Home!! Ya we also had lots that didn't make it back!
Michael again, e-mail, 12.11.2010 22:01
My dad did the machining on the inner compartment for the landing gear on the beautiful 105. He did machine work on every single one to come out of Farmingdale. My entire family worked at Republic at one time or another and we loved it there. I was working on Boeing sub assemblies there after working on the Warthog for a bit and saw the retirement flight of the last NY National Guard F-105 in 1984. The entire plant stopped work to go out to the field and watch her proudly roll in. The pilot dumped fuel and then set the vector vanes down and ignited it to a round of cheers,tears and applause. Later that week her engine was removed and she was taken to the aircraft museum near Hofstra university where she hangs to this day. When I visit I look up in her landing gear bay to say hi to my Dad,s handiwork. We lived in West Babylon just 3 miles from Republic and we could hear these babies coming from many miles out. We'd run outside from the supper table to look up and see them coming in. They were so low you could see the pilots head moving around as he dropped down to land. The field was so short that giant arrestor chains would be used to slow down the incoming Thuds along with their drogue chutes. On more than one occasion a 105 would slip the chain and zoom across route 109 off the end of the field and come to rest in the local cemetary. Sometimes in the summer afternoon you could hear the drone of the guns as they were sighted in at the gun pit. Years later when I worked at Republic my co workers and I would climb around in the old fueselages that were cast off during the rebuild programs where they would make one good Thud from several shot up planes. A great history for our family, a proud tradition and a truly beautiful aircraft. I still have one Gold Plated F-105 cufflink from the pair that were awarded to my Dad for working on the program from beginning to end. Thanks everyone for featuring this wonderful old aircraft. Sincerely, Michael
Lance T Gunderson, e-mail, 25.10.2010 06:16
I was the youngest guy on the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team (355th Munitions Maintenance Squadron) at Takhli July 1966-July 1967. What an exciting time it was recovering crashed F-105s, and B-66s, and rendering safe their explosive ordnance components including cluster bombs and M-117s/Mk-82s, ejection seats etc. I never saw a "round eye" (caucasion) girl during my tour. Came home to a new experience i.e. the hippy culture and flower power. They didn't have a clue about the 70+ aircraft from Takhli that crashed or were shot down during my tour of duty. It was pretty much a toss up on whether or not a Thud pilot (especially F-105F models) would never complete 100 missions over North Viet Nam or Laos. One pilot that did was my high school friend Gordon Jenkins. He was lucky.
The Thud was a workhorse. A beautiful plane that carried a bombload heavier than a WWII B-17.There are folks trying to get one restored to flying condition. CSAF doesn't want the liability, but there is already an F-4 flying so why not an F-105?. I hope he changes his mind and recommends the approval of the transfer of several planes to the restoration group. Sincerely, Lance Gunderson
PETER WARD, e-mail, 06.10.2010 17:57
STATIONED KADENA OKINAWA 64-66 18TH FMS ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS WE HAD 85 THUDS IN 3 SQDRNS WE WERE THE FIRST INTO NAM AT DANANG LOVED THAT BIRD WE WOULD TAKE THE NEWBIES TO THE TRIM PAD AND STANDBY THE TAIL AND WHEN THE A/B WOULD LITE UP NO NEWBIE ANYWHERE TO BE FOUND!WAS AN AWESOME BIRD FOND MEMOIRES OF THEM
Lloyd T. Callicoat, e-mail, 30.09.2010 20:39
Sorry my E-mail address was incorrect on the first try
Lloyd T. Callicoat, e-mail, 28.09.2010 02:48
I worked on the F-105 at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas NV 1967 & 1968. Then I went to southeast Asia May to May 1968 & 1969 Kaorat Royal Thai AFB. I crossed trained into F-4 phantoms at Egin AFB in Ft Walton beach FL and was discharged in April of 1970. Like to hear from some F-105ers from the past loved both airplanes.
Hal Shrum, e-mail, 23.09.2010 17:10
Had the privilage to be an eng mech on the "nickel" at Bitburg,Ger.(1962-1965, "backseated" on TDY's at Wheelus and went to Osan with the "Wild Weasels"at Nellis when the Koreans took the Pueblo.Just a beautiful bird.Each time I go to Nellis I have to stop by and say "Hello".
Sal Orlando, e-mail, 17.09.2010 19:42
I was a hydraulic repairman at Spangdahlem AFB from 1961-1964 and was their when the F100's were phased out and the 105's came in. It was a big deal then. Also went TDY to Wheelus AFB in Libya. A couple of things that happened at Wheelus at different times with the 105, one was a front bearing went out on the Gatling gun and shot up the nose shield pretty badly. The other thing was a hydraulic leak in the aft section of the engine the toasted the whole interior of the aft section. Both pilots brought them home safely.
Jesse Deets smith, e-mail, 30.08.2010 22:29
I flew the F-105 out of Yokota AFB during the late 60's. The plane was designed to fly very fast and very low to deliver a nuclear weapon without being detected by the enemy. The range and altitude capabilities listed above are exaggerated. The plane didn't perform well above 30,000ft and a 1000NM trip was about it without Air to air refueling. The air frame could sustain indicated airspeeds near 800 knots. Migs would disintegrate above about 600 kts indicated air speeds so nose down and burner was the best way to disengage an airplane that could turn tighter than the 105. Pilots joked that if you could build a runway around the world Republic could design an airplane to use it all. The airplane landed at 185 kts plus an allowance for fuel, so you're coming in over the runway threshold at about 200 knots. That is FAST. It took a doug chute and brakes to get is safely stopped on a 10,000 ft runway. Taking off was equally as exciting. 7 or 8 thousand feet using water injection. I thought the airplane had a beautiful profile and it's handling characteristics were excellent. I enjoyed flying the airplane.
Don Goeke, e-mail, 26.08.2010 07:16
As you can see I had some remarks in 2008. I fell in love with the F-105. I spent time with it in Osan AB, Korea alert pad and a couple of trips to Thialand. One item still remains in my heart and mind and that is the day I got my flight in the rear seat of a "F" model and during that flight we made 3 bomb runs on the rock off the coast of Japan and then we went out and he took me up to 1.3 mach and with that out of the way the pilot give me a good dose of 4.5 G's and then it was time to return to Yokota AB and the flight lasted 1hour 45 minutes and I can't think of anything that has happened to me in my life to match that day in the back seat of my beloved "thud". I still have pictures as wall paper on both of my computers. The one on this computer is 62-361 and I believe that aircraft belonged to the 80th TFS of the 8th TFW, Itazuke AB, Japan. On my other computer I have a "D" model in flight but I can't read the tail number but the large letters on the tail is "HI" so I don't know who she belonged to. At the air craft meuseum at what use to be McClellan AFB is 62-302 and it belonged to the 35TFS, 8th TFW, Itazuke AB, Japan. I will always remember the times I spent on the "thud" and it made no difference where I was or the weather I always enjoyed and loved my "thud". I know that we moved to Yokota but I feel the troops were a lot closer knit at Itazuke than at Yokota.
Vic, e-mail, 25.08.2010 18:52
Flew four different fighters in my 24 year Air Force career and the "Thud" was definitely my favorite. It is great seeing so many positive comments from those that maintained her. No wonder the operational rate was so high during its SEA operations. My hat is off to these dedicated individuals that help place this plane in the annals of history. An era I would gladly relive!
Mark Benson, e-mail, 25.08.2010 00:07
Crew chief on F105D-N059 with the 333TFS at Takhli RTAFB circa 1966-67. Outstanding acft with excellent J75 engine, avionics and fire control systems.
Ed Bzdyk - 99619, 21-6, e-mail, 24.08.2010 14:22
Worked in RAC 1956-1965 from Expediter on F105 program to Production Control Foreman in NC Machine shop, Plant 29E. Went off-site with the 105 to Eglin , FL & Lancaster, CA. What a beautiful beast! When I was in Inventory Control, I had to check the electronics up in the "ballroom" - what a squeeze! Used to watch from the mezzanine, the muscle it took to "fit" the canopy onto the fuselage. A terrific experience!
Felix Harris, e-mail, 20.07.2010 18:38
I was sent to Takhli AB,Thailand as a Pneudralic Rep. in support of the F-105D/F/G's in late 1969.I've got so many great memories of the "THUD",I don't know where to begin.I will say this.Working on a Hyd. leak at the P1 pump,while the engines running,and loaded to the the max. with 750lb. bombs is a tooth-rattling experience.But,If I had it to live over again,I would.Love that "THUD".
RICHARD O'NEAL, e-mail, 01.07.2010 02:35
I ARRIVED AT NELLIS AFB SEPTEMBER 1960 AND WAS ASSIGINED TO THE 4520TH FIELD MAINT SQ DOCK INSPECTION F100'S. 43131. TWO YEARS LATER I WAS CROSSED TRAINED TO 42131 F105D PNEUDRAULIC/HYDRAULIC REPAIRMAN. THE F105D AND F MODELS WERE FAIRLY EASY TO WORK ON EXCEPT TO REMOVE AND REPLACE THE CADILLAC VALVE WHICH WAS LOCATED IN THE BOMB BAY AT THE TOP SO THAT WHEN THE CENTER LINE TANK WAS INSTALLED IN THE BIRD REMOVING AND REPLACING THIS PART WAS A COMPLETE NIGHT MARE THE VALVE CONTROLLED THE VIA INLETS IN THE INTAKES. ONE MORE VALVE THAT WAS MURDER WAS THE NOSE WHEEL STEERING CONTROL CONTROL VALVE WHICH WAS LOCATED IN THE TOP OF THE NOSE WHEEL BAY SO TRYING TO SERVICE THIS VALVE YOU WOULD HAVE TO SQUEEZE JUST ABOUT ON TOP OF THE NOSE GEAR. I STILL HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF THIS WONDERFUL AIRPLANE.
Jackie Adams, e-mail, 17.06.2010 07:22
I was at George AFB from 1977 to 1980 with the last of the F-105G model before they all went to the Reserve. Shoot me an email old buddies.
Sam Albright, e-mail, 13.04.2010 01:18
After 4 year hitch as USAF jet engine mechanic (43250) I worked as a "crew mechanic" @ Farmingdale plant flight operations 60-62 Left during '62 strike. Glad we 'made some good ones' for fellow Airmen in time of war!Thanks for the memories!
MEL GOMEZ, e-mail, 31.03.2010 17:26
I WAS AT ITAZUKE WHEN THEY CAME . A FULL WING FOR 4 SQDS . WHAT A MAGNIFICENT ACFT. I WAS PROUD TO SERVE WITH THE MEN IN THE 8TH TAC FTR WING . I KNOW DON GOEKE WELL , IF ANYONE HAS HIS E-MAIL , I SURE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IT . MEL GOMEZ . ACFT ELECTRICAN . THANX , GUYS FOR ALL YOU DID !
Jim Moore, e-mail, 22.03.2010 06:07
I went from the 13th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in Montana to the 354th TFS in Takhli and was a jammer driver on a load team on the THUD. One heck of an airplane, built like a tank. The pilots were a great group of men too and I had tremendous respect for them going in harms way everyday. What a team we all were when we were soldiers and young once. I have been bored ever since.
ohn Bailey, e-mail, 14.03.2010 00:56
It did it's job! I and my family arrived at Itazuki in 1962 and left for Yakota in 1964. I was an engine machanic and trim pad runup specialist. We spent a lot of time in Osan Korea, vietnam, and camp nasty thailand. I retired form the Air theforce as the Grand Forks AFB Propulsion Branch Chief in 1979. My F105 aircraft tour was a highlight of my career.
Jimmy Traywick, e-mail, 02.03.2010 22:25
Worked swing shift and maintenance at 4520th OMS at Nellis from 1963 -1967. We had "D"s and "F"s. Good memories and good people. God Bless America.
Bob, e-mail, 01.03.2010 07:41
Weapons Load Team '67, 469th @ Korat: anyone with A/C & art of Mr Toad?
Jim Cummings, e-mail, 26.02.2010 11:27
The A-10 was manufactured after Fairchild Hiller took over Republic Aviation.
Allen Huie, e-mail, 15.02.2010 23:42
I worked the G Model in the Georgia ANG Prior to mt 23 1/2 years on Active Duty. I believe the F & G Models were the only ones with Water Injection (J-75-P-19W) due to the extra weight they carried. Please email me if I am wrong. Thanks, AL Huie (F119PWR)
steve coker, e-mail, 04.02.2010 21:04
Air Force Reserve crew chief at Carswell from '74 to '77. Was selected to OTS/UPT and flew the airplane the last 18 months at Carswell, '80 to '82. I will never forget the unit, pilots, maintainers, or a minute in the airplane. God Bless America and the F-105!!!
Ron Wallace, e-mail, 27.01.2010 03:43
I was stationed at 36TFW, Bitburg, Germany, 1963-1962, I was one of the few that got to crew a f-105F, great airplane, enjoyed being part of the 23 TFS group, Plane no. was f-323, also went to Wheelus,North Africa, for gunnery and bombing practice.
AL, 26.01.2010 21:19
I was a "newbie" at Macdill, and didn't even know what aircraft this was at first. I loved watching the pilots "stand them on a wingtip" and come in for a landing. I could never understand how they could keep flying while in that attitude. Of course, it was because of the pressure on the wing load at that angle.
Robert Dunn, e-mail, 25.01.2010 03:32
I served with the 35th at Yokota AFB, and supported the Oran, Korea alert pad from Oct. 1966 to Feb 1970. 46250, and i loved the 105. you could stand up to do everthing, not like the F4 which we got in 1969. Ill never forget the sound of afterburner at takeoff.
Beetle Bailey, e-mail, 24.01.2010 14:26
I was a crew chief on F-105F 63-8362 149 TFS/ 192 TFG VaANG for over 10 years.I think it went to the Georgia ANG though it wasn't a weasel. It was a great acft to crew. I also painted the nose art on the sides and designed the marking ie sqdn, tail stripe, etc. The above acft 59-1771 was the "Dynamic Duo" Plt. Capt Don Everett c/c Tsgt Tom Dean.
AL, 22.01.2010 02:33
There was a squadron of F-105's at Macdill circa early 1963. I am trying to find out which unit and base they were TDY from? Thanks. AL
guy j sherrill, e-mail, 07.01.2010 04:43
After years of ADC F-94A/B,F-89D/H/J,F-102,F-106, went thru Thud RTU at Wichita, reported to Korat as strike pilot. Assigned as Cmdr, 44 TFS, Wild Weasel/Ryan Raider, 126 missions. "My" airplane, F-105F 4446, now guarding gate at Spang. Best of all airplanes,missions,assignments assignments.
Earl Rebello, e-mail, 04.01.2010 17:32
I worked at Republic Aviation, Farmingdale, NY from 1954-64 on the flightline.My job with the F-105 was to trim the engine using afterburner and water injection. The 105 was easy to work on.We were proud of its service for our country.PS The F-105 was also built to deliver the Atomic Bomb by tossing it from the bomb bay.
Phillip E. Payne, e-mail, 30.12.2009 17:18
Left Alaska in F-102A to Seymour-Johnson AFB F-105s in August 1963, deployed to Incrilk AB,Turkey in Feb. 1965, then to Takhli,Thailand in Aug 1965, returned to SJAFB in March 1966. I fought tooth and nail to get out of ADC and into TAC; it was worth the effort. Loved the Thud. Someone asked if I would go back if called, My reply, "Give me 15 minutes to pack!"
MP COOPER, e-mail, 29.12.2009 07:09
i was line pilot in the 36th sq at itazuke/yokota '62 '65. we transitioned to the 105 at nellis in the summer of '63. great machine- i picked up 62-4372-31re at brookley in sep '63, flew her back to japan, and had my name painted on the left canopy rail. i lead the first f-105 to fly combat in aug '64- korat in that bird... i finished a 100 missions with the 334th from seymour in jan '66. i flew 165 in the f-4 '71-72 but the 105 was the machine to beat...
John Macking, e-mail, 16.12.2009 19:01
I was a jammer driver on a weapons load team on 105's.I was on leave from Nellis with orders for Takhli when the N.Koreans captured the Pueblo,when I returned to Nellis the rest of my crew was gone to S.Korea .I went to Takhli and from there to Kadena with TDY's to Kwang-Ju S.Korea. John Macking 354 t.f.s. 68-69 BLMF
Gene Du Boff, e-mail, 11.12.2009 08:56
I was a proud and thrilled flight surgeon for the 8th TFS in the 49th TFW(thus my email) at Spangdahlem, Germany and then Holloman AFB, N.Mex from 1964-70. Got 100's of hours and every chance possible to fly. Incredible pilots and astounding support from all the AF and civilian personnel. Those were some best years for an Omaha city boy to "slip the surly bonds" and know what absolute dedication means. Sturtevant, Walbridge, Simons, Karins, Detweiler, Flynn Swaney, Green and too many more to name. From the brilliance of shining cold war nuc steel to the fearsome deadly camouflage of Asian jungles. An aircraft for the ages.
David Burns, e-mail, 10.12.2009 23:25
Served in the 113th TFW, D.C. ANG when they had the Thud - what an aircraft. I even had the opportunity to fly in the back of one our F models. Was anyone out there at Nellis (can't exactly remember the year - 79-80?) when all of the Thuds in the active duty, Reserve and ANG were at Nellis for the Red Flag Exercise? What a sight to see - gaggles of Thuds leaving the runway during the missions!
Jim Schriver, e-mail, 04.11.2009 04:07
Unbelievable weapons carrier! Was USAF 46250 Wpns Mechanic on The F-105s out of Yakota AB Japan, TDY to Osan AB Korea and Takhli Thailand 1964 Thru 1966 with the 35th Tac Fighter Squadron. My crew loaded Nucs and all conventional weapons required by the missions, including up to 3,000 pounders. Now those were bombs! Would love to have flight pictures of this beast loaded for Cong! Remember the defination of Veteran! Active Duty, Discharged, Retired, or Reserve. Is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to: "The United States of America," For an amount of " up to, and including his or her life." That is “Honor”, and there are way too many people in this country today, who no longer understand that fact.
Benton Kendig, e-mail, 28.09.2009 18:18
I served in the 18th A&E in okinawa and Korat 1965-66 as a Doppler Navigational Repairman. The F-105 System was quite a complex system that incorporated digital and analog technology. Transistor technology was little more that a decade old. Opperation rolling thunder was in force. I had a heck of an experience. I have lost touch with all of my fellow airmen except Don Lesner.
paul scott, e-mail, 14.08.2009 00:38
Amazing aircraft, just like the Phantom. I saw a great Discovery Channel documentary on it. A huge bomb bay at supersonic speed, what more would you want from a fighter-bomber. Just like the classic Buccaneer, though not as fast of course.
Tom Hannah, e-mail, 31.07.2009 03:32
What memories! I served with USAF and worked on the ASG-19 FCS on the F-105D & F at Nellis from Nov-62 to Jun-66, then to Yokota AFB, Japan in Aug-66. One particular memory is when Gen. Ryan paid a visit to our shop at Yokota, along with a lot of "brass", resulting in the development of the Wild Weasel enhancements on the Thud. The pilots were call "Ryan's Raiders" so we called ourselves "Ryan's raiders Aiders" The F-105B was setup for the Thumderbirds for a short time and in my opinion were the most beautiful in formation of any of the other planes they have flown. Unfortunately they were grounded after one fell apart in Calif. and they went back to the F-100 for a few years.
Thomas Solinski, e-mail, 09.07.2009 16:30
Wow looking at all the great comments from the folks that flew and cared for the Thuds is just inspiring. I met the Thud at the end of her carreer, not flying but still serving, as Aircraft Battle Damage Repair (ABDR) training aircraft. Teaching us youngsters how to fix battle damage so that the next generation could stay flying.
Thank you for your service folks!!
Bonnie C. McKee, e-mail, 05.07.2009 03:51
July 4, l966, Captain Wayne D. Hauth, pilot of F-105 bombed a SAM site in Hanoi...received a Silver Star for his actions that day....after 100 missions over North Vietnam he was stationed at McConnell AFB as an instructor...he was my brother...
larry brantl, e-mail, 24.06.2009 05:16
Was a jet engine mech on the F-105d and F models from feb62 to may 66. Was with the 36th in Bitburg than on to Seymore Johnson with a tdy to Yakota and Takli. Went to Eglin AFB when I returned on the WILD WEASEL program in 66. A lot of graet memories for this short time. Retired from Teledyne CMC as a test engineer after 40.5 yrs. Theres a F model in front of a VFW in Blissfield MI. Brings back good times when I drive by.I see a name on the list that after all this time I reconize. He's the first one to to put me in the cockpit and said run this baby. Paul Soucy AF retired. send me a e-mail, sounds like we had a few things in common after the service.
leo rudnicki, e-mail, 06.05.2009 17:08
It was that great philosopher/statesman, Sonny Bono who once said " And the beat goes on."
jim drown, e-mail, 06.05.2009 03:06
baby sat this monster on alet pads from incerlick turkey to kadana then into a war that pitted us aganst the foe and our leaders in washington results, lost friends broken spirits and a deep distrust of leadership
Paul Soucy, AF Msgt Retired, e-mail, 08.02.2009 21:06
As a jet engine guy and after 22 years in the AF and 20 years as a tech rep on many diferent aircraft & engines I can truthfully say the 'Thud' was the best. I think I was the only guy to remove an engine by myself. And in the middle of the night at Bitburg. Stayed with the Thud through Bitburg, McConnell AFB,and the 388th in Korat. There are initial plans underway for a reunion for all that were assigned in the 36th TFW, Bitburg AB, Gemany. Email me for more info.
Vincent J. DeMaggio, e-mail, 22.11.2008 04:13
I crewed an F-105D 62-430 at Takhli, Aug 1967-Aug 1968, 333 TFS. Went to DM in 2004 (after a tour in Iraq with the Texas Guard) and was upset to see 61-159 wearing 354th TFS colors! 61-159 was in 333 TFS in 67-68. I know, I had to go to Vietnam, Chu Lai, to fix it when the ATM went out. Great airplane, a real triple threat, shoot you, bomb you and fall on you! Former Thud CC. What I wouldn't give to launch a Thud, just once more! Vincent J. DeMaggio COL (R) AR TXARNG
Dave Seaver, e-mail, 11.11.2008 02:54
My father was Don Seaver, flew F-80s in Korea then became an F-105 test pilot for Repuiblic assigned to Eglin. He was killed in a mid-air collision in May 2nd 1963 while flying out of Farmingdale. The other pilot killed was Jack Bade a WWII ace. I have a very poor copy of the accident report. The report lists AF numbers but since the planes had not been transferred to the AF there is no airforce acident report, only a Republic report. Would appreciate any leads on getting another report, or source that can take my very bad copy and reproduce it. Thanks Dave Seaver
Chuck Cavrak, e-mail, 10.11.2008 04:05
I was with the 8 A&E Squadron at Itazuke Air Base from 1962 thru 1954. We received the 105's in 63. I was a Fire Control Technician at the time. I also worked on the F-100's before the 105's arrived. The Thuds arrived later than they were expected because of a strike at Republic, the manufacturer.
Jim Null, MSgt, USAF (Ret.), e-mail, 09.09.2008 10:33
I was a crew chief on the Thud from Feb, 1971 to Sept, 1974. My jet was F-105G, 63-8351. I was with the 561st TFS from McConnell AFB, KS. We deployed to Korat, RTAFB in 1972 and participated in Linebacker II. We kicked butt in that bombing campaign. It was a good jet and relatively easy to work on. I sure would like to see one in airworthy condition some day.
Mark Cook, e-mail, 17.08.2008 03:56
I put the Thud through it's paces in 1960 as a Test Project Officer in the Fighter Weapons School. With the help of Mr. Bill Young, an Eglin AFB mathemetician, we developed all of the nuclear weapons delivery stats. Then along came the RCAF, asked me to help them with their CF-104 program. I believe that I am the only pilot ever to fly the F-105D and the F-104 on the same day. The opportunity presented itself when I was doing flight testing on the Thud at Nellis, and simultaneously checking out in the F-104 at George AFB in preparation for my exchange tour with the Canucks.
Roy Pagnini, e-mail, 17.08.2008 02:17
Was a comm-nav repairman on the first f105d's and f's at Spangdahlem AFB in Germany in 1961. Saw a lot of surprised faces at Wheelus AFB in north africa when a slick winged test flight of a D by a captain Sparks climbed right up between 2 f104s on take off and leveled out about 5000 feet above them.Now that was a show that made us 105 troops proud.
C. Trabold, e-mail, 07.08.2008 17:22
I served with the 18tfw from Kadena air fore base okinawa TDY to Takli and Korat Thialand from 1964 to 1966. The f105d was the work horse we sent those planes over to vietnam 2 runs a day of 25 sorties each and what a versale plane it would carry anything and did. They could shoot the hell out of them but they brought our boys home. Farmindale did a great job. This site brought back memories and chills up my spine some of the memories I would like to forget. All be safe and GOD BLESS AMERICA
Ed Dalder, e-mail, 12.06.2008 08:41
I worked for Republic Avation as a materials engineer from 1956 to 1962. To convert the F105 into a STOL model, we made up Mo alloy afterburner doors which, unfortunately, vaporized when heated to above 1300F. Tom Wolfe was the chief Materials Engineer at that time. We then tried a Ni-based superalloy, which worked well, but the STOL version of the plane was never adopted by anyone.
Bob, e-mail, 10.06.2008 20:35
I was with the 18th TFW on okinawa and went TDY to Korat thailand 1965. I recall the "Cartrige" start system it had.
Rich Van Wicklen, e-mail, 07.05.2008 00:17
My first job out of the navy in 2-59 was working in Republicas an electronic tester. I moved to the flight line working on the R14A radar and the bomb tossing computer. I also did thr boresighting and compass swinging. A great job for a young guy. I always look back with good memories on my time at Republic. I had two great trips to Eglin and Seymore Johnson. It's so sad that all the good jobs have been taken away from Long Island. The cradle of aviation.
Don Goeke, e-mail, 05.05.2008 02:09
Their seems to be a little history missing on the F-105. We received them at Itazuke, Japan in 1963 and we got the only full wing of 31RE D's. Itazuke was shut down in the middle of 1964 and we were moved to Yokota, Japan and at the same time we supported the alert pad at Osan, Korea and when the war broke in Viet Nam we sent the first batch of aircraft to Korat, Thialand. I was and electrician on the Thud and I flat loved the aircraft. I spent a total of 5 years with them in the flyables and with them in Depot at McClellan AFB, Caifornia. When we moved to Yokota in 1964 we were greeted with the "F" models.
Gary Barnhill, e-mail, 24.04.2008 17:32
It wasn't sexy, like the F104 Starfighter, but it had legs, could carry a load, and it got the job done over North Viet Nam that no other fighter could do. I flew it out of Takhli in 1965.
Ed White, e-mail, 05.06.2007 08:33
I was sent to Okinawa to support the F-105D/F in January 1962, didn't see any aircraft until October 62. Loved the aircraft and the Weapons Control System. An "old" 30N
BOB KINDER, e-mail, 11.03.2007 01:09
Great Bird,I Crewed FH-502 (Little Rody) Stenciled on the Nose Wheel Door,s 1961-1962 53th TFS Bitburg AFB Germany.It once flew 21 Sortie,s without a write up,unsual for a F-105.Sad to say it was shot down in 1966 by a Mig,that was my BABY.
Bill Fleming, e-mail, 31.01.2007 18:48
You left out the A-10 Warthog built by Republic in the same plant as all Republic Fighters since the P-47.