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The Republic F-105 Thunderchief (WAKE: MEDIUM) is a supersonic fighter-bomber. Created in Second Life by Amok Dynamics, the aircraft was based on the real-life F-105 Thunderchief developed by Republic Aviation for the United States Air Force (USAF).

Background

The real-life F-105 Thunderchief was armed with missiles and a cannon; however, its design was tailored to high-speed low-altitude penetration carrying a single nuclear weapon internally. First flown in 1955, the Thunderchief entered service in 1958. The F-105 could deliver a greater bomb load than some American heavy bombers of World War II such as the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Consolidated B-24 Liberator. The F-105 was one of the primary attack aircraft of the Vietnam War; over 20,000 Thunderchief sorties were flown, with 382 aircraft lost including 62 operational (non-combat) losses (out of the 833 produced).

The Thunderchief was the largest single-seat, single-engine combat aircraft in history, weighing approximately 50,000 pounds (23,000 kg). It could exceed the speed of sound at sea level and reach Mach 2 at high altitude; The F-105 could carry up to 14,000 lb (6,400 kg) of bombs and missiles. The Thunderchief was later replaced as a strike aircraft over North Vietnam by both the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II and the swing-wing General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. However, the "Wild Weasel" variants of the F-105 remained in service until 1984 after being replaced by the specialized F-4G "Wild Weasel V".[1]

Features

  • Pilot's heads-up display (HUD) attachment.
  • Animated components (flaps, rudder, ailerons, landing gear and canopy).
  • VICE combat system with:
    • AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.
    • MK82 iron bombs.
    • MK47 incendiary bombs.
    • Emergency ejection system.

Images

References

  1. Republic F-105 Thunderchief (English). Wikipedia. Retrieved on 2015-03-15.

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