The “D” version of the F-105 (with 600 built) constituted the bulk of the production for the thunderchief. Followed by the “F”, a two-seat dula purpose trainer/tactical fighter (143 built). During the Vietnam conflict, in response to the increasing threat posed by radar guided Surface to Air Missiles (SAM’s) being employed by the Vietnamese, the F-105F was chosen to be converted for the suppression of SAM’s by engaging the radars that directed the missiles. This aircraft became the “G” version or “Wild Weasel”. The electronic warfare officer occupied the second seat and using his equipment would search for radar emissions coming up from the ground, once an enemy radar had been identified a missile was launched at the radar and would ride the radar beam back to its origin, destroying the radar.
The March Field Museum has two F-105’s. The “D” model, serial number 62-4383, served with the Pacific Air Force, Tactical Air Command and the Air Force Reserve before being retired in January 1984. The total flight hours on this aircraft is 5,049. This aircraft is on loan from the USAF.
According to the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA/RSA), Maxwell AFB, AL, the museum’s F-105D has the following history:
F-105D, s/n 62-4383, was manufactured by Republic Aviation, Farmingdale, NY, and delivered to the USAF in April 1963. Its assignments were:
Apr 1963 - To 8th Tactical Fighter Wing (PACAF), Itazuke AB Japan
May 1964 - To 41st Air Defense Headquarters (PACAF), Yokota AB Japan
Apr 1965 - To 6441st Tactical Fighter Wing (PACAF), Yokota AB Japan
Aug 1966 - To Mobile Air Materiel Area
Nov 1966 - To 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing (TAC), McConnell AFB KS
Jul 1972 - To 57th Fighter Weapons Wing (TAC), Nellis AFB NV
May 1973 - To 507th Consolidated Logistics Maintenance Squadron (AFRES), Tinker AFB OK
Mar 1976 - To 507th Tactical Fighter Group (AFRES), Tinker AFB OK
Sep 1977 - To 465th Tactical Fighter Squadron (AFRES), Tinker AFB OK
Nov 1980 - To 466th Tactical Fighter Squadron (AFRES), Hill AFB UT
Jan 1984 - Dropped from USAF inventory by transfer to school or museum
Category: Airplanes - Military - Static Display - Fighters