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Republic F-105D Thunderchief

40.0k EngineerOtaku  2.4 years ago

Re-uploaded to check if I needed to fix anything.

The Republic F-105 Thunderchief is a single-seat, single-engine fighter-bomber designed for the US Air Force as a low-altitude, mach 2 capable strike aircraft. The idea for the F-105 was to fly close to the ground and avoid anti-aircraft defenses and SAM's, while also going fast enough to dodge enemy fighters. Once over the target the 'Thuds' would drop a tactical nuclear bomb and dart away. To this end the aircraft was built with a sharply swept wing and 'area-rule' fuselage based on the latest aerodynamic research of the era. It could carry Mk.43 Nuclear bombs, Mk.80 series dumb bombs, napalm, and was even rated to equip the AIM-9 Sidewinder on the outboard wing pylons. Pilots were also given an M61 rotary cannon for defense and strafing.

The Thunderchief's most famous application was during the Vietnam War, where it served as the primary strike bomber for the Air Force during Operation Rolling Thunder. Despite performing much of the heavy lifting with conventional bombs, it suffered one of the highest loss rates of any American aircraft Once Rolling Thunder ended it was withdrawn from frontline use and replaced with the F-4 Phantom II; the only plane in the theater to be pulled from combat.

Group 1 - Drogue chute
Group 3 - Pickle centerline M117 bombs*
Group 4 - Jettison drop tanks
Group 5 - Jettison Multiple Ejector Rack
Group 6 - Pickle outboard Mk.82 500lb Bombs
VTOL Down - Flaps
Trim control

*The M117 in reality was around 750-800lbs, however the Boom 25s have been left at mass value 1 (250lb) for sake of game physics.

General Characteristics

  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 34.6ft (10.6m)
  • Length 64.4ft (19.6m)
  • Height 20.9ft (6.4m)
  • Empty Weight 29,327lbs (13,302kg)
  • Loaded Weight 40,771lbs (18,493kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 0.826
  • Wing Loading 74.7lbs/ft2 (364.8kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 545.7ft2 (50.7m2)
  • Drag Points 9456

Parts

  • Number of Parts 221
  • Control Surfaces 3
  • Performance Cost 1,083