Saturday, November 24, 2012

All Out Warrior

The F-105 Thunderchief was designed to carry a single nuclear weapon at high speed and low altitude into Soviet airspace. Entering service in 1958, the F-105 was used extensively in the Vietnam War. The F-105G Wild Weasel was a two set version used to counter surface to air missiles (SAMs). The airplane would intentionally act as a target to draw the attention of SAM crews on the ground. Once the SAM radar locked on the Wild Weasel could use that signal to launch a missile against it to destroy the SAM site. It was a highly dangerous mission and the Wild Weasels suffered heavy losses. Despite the losses the Wild Weasels were effective. The F-105 Thunderchief was an all-out warrior used in a limited war.

2 comments:

Arthur Eggers said...

YGBSM!!!! I never got to see an AGM-78 Standard ARM fired from an F-105G Wild Weasel. As an Air Launched Missile Systems Technician in the Air Force stationed at Korat RTAFB, Thailand I sent a lot of them and the AGM-45 Shrike out to be loaded on the Thud during the 12 Days of Christmas in 1972. Thank you for creating this magnificent piece. I will be sharing it with my old boss, LTC Chuck Wieneke... An F-105G Weasel and EWO....

Mark Karvon said...

Thank you Art,