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F-105 Thunderchief Units of the Vietnam War (SC) - Osprey - OS5084

F-105 Thunderchief Units of the Vietnam War (SC) - Osprey - OS5084


 
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Combat Aircraft 84. Facing the most formidably concentrated air defenses in history, pilots of the F-105D flew against North Vietnamese targets day after day during the 43 months of Operation Rolling Thunder. Despite its limited maneuverability and the lack of self-sealing fuel tanks, which made it susceptible to combat damage, the 'bombers' shot down 27 MiG fighters in 1966-67. Illustrates the importance of the Thunderchief in the Rolling Thunder campaign, including the pioneering suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) methods developed by the F-105 'Wild Weasel' crews. Explores the aircraft's strengths and weaknesses and using first-hand narratives, captures the essence of flying the 'Thud' against heavy defenses. Also describes the development of wartime tactics and the heroic accomplishments of F-105 aircrew; 96 pages.