|58-1173 F-105D-5-RE Thunderchief
Demonstrated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 1961, F-105D 58-1173 set a weight lifting record for a single
engined aircarft with a load of 16 750 lb M117 bombs. Given that an M117 actually weighed around 820 lbs,
the total load was 13,120 lbs. Combat loads like this were rarely realistic; certainly in Southeast Asia loads of
4,000-6,000 lbs were more typical.
Some publications say this load was never used operationally. This is not true!
June 1965 the 23 TFW, 563 TFS participated in a combat "first" for the F-105. Deploying six aircraft from
Takhli to Ton Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam on 25 June, the unit bombed Viet Cong targets while flying the
Thud with its maximum ordnance load of sixteen 750 lb bombs. A total of 232 bombs were dropped in
seventeen sorties over two days.
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58-1173 was the last -5-RE produced. It was used in various test programs during its career. Removed from
AMARC 26 April 1985 to be used as a target for weapons studies at the New Mexico Institute of Mining &
Technology, Socorro, New Mexico and was eventually scrapped. Scrap date unknown.
The 1/72 scale Trumpeter kit has the same things wrong with it as their 1/32 scale kit. Making a desktop early
'D', I remove the cooling scoops and antenna. Left out the cockpit and corrected the ventral fin with a Quick
Finished with Bare Metal Foil. Some of the markings were produced by me using Corel Draw X5 and printed
with my Alps printer. The stand is a copy of an original factory stand.