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  • Dan Thompson on 2020-Aug-12 23:09:20 Dan Thompson said

    The Thunderchief was a private venture for Republic, intended to replace the successful F-84. The USAF bought it based on its versatility, formidable weapons load, and good performance. The prototype flew for the first time on Oct. 22, 1955. The first production model, the F-105B flew just over a year later on May 24, 1957. The single seat F-105D was the main production version. About 600 were built, and it went into service in 1961. The greater part of the plane's operational career was in Vietnam from 1963 to 1968. They carried out over 75 percent of the assault missions conducted by the USAF.

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