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Republic F-105F
Republic F-105F (S/N 62-4414, the third production -F model). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The F-105 (affectionately nicknamed "Thud") evolved from a project begun in 1951 by Republic Aviation to develop a supersonic tactical fighter-bomber to replace the F-84F. The prototype first flew on Oct. 22, 1955, but the first production aircraft, an F-105B, was not delivered to the USAF until 1958. The F-105D all-weather strike fighter and the two-place F-105F dual-purpose trainer-fighter also were built before F-105 production (833 aircraft) ended in 1964. No C or E series were produced, and the Gs were modified from F-105Fs.

Type Number built/
YF-105A 2 Prototype
F-105B 75 10 pre-production and 65 production aircraft
JF-105B 3 Initially RF version
F-105C 0 Two-seat trainer; canceled
F-105D 610 Improved B; all-weather strike fighter
F-105E 0 Two-seat D model; canceled
F-105F 143 Two-seat trainer/fighter-bomber
F-105G 55(cv) Wild Weasel converted F model

Armament: One M61 20mm Vulcan cannon plus 14,000 pounds of ordnance -- conventional bombs, rocket packs, missiles and special weapons
Engine: One Pratt & Whitney J75-P-19W of 24,500 lbs. static thrust with afterburner and 26,400 lbs. static thrust with water injection
Maximum speed: 1,386 mph
Cruising speed: 596 mph
Range: 2,070 miles (with external tanks)
Service ceiling: 52,000 ft.
Span: 34 ft. 11 in.
Length: 67 ft. 0 in.
Height: 20 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 54,580 lbs. maximum
Crew: Two

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