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User currently offlineDc863 From Romania, joined Jun 1999, 1591 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1497 times:

Does anyone know if F-105s used full afterburn during their attack runs over North Vietnam?

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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1415 times:

Probably not always, but the possibility can't be discounted.
Highspeed dash over the target limits your exposure to air defenses while flying straight during a bombrun, but at the same time using burner makes you more vulnerable to IR SAMs and costs a lot of fuel.
Would probably depend on target geometry and geography, mission profile, crew preference, threat environment and weapons used.

I wish I were flying
User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1325 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1404 times:

I attended a talk at the Air Force Museum last month. One of the speakers was Leo Thornsness, a weasel driver who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He stated that one of the great advantages that the F-105 had was that it could go 800 knots on the deck and outrun any other airplane. That sounds like the afterburner was on. Also, multi-zone A/B's did not come into being until the TF-30 was developed. The J-75's A/B was either on or off, no intermediate power settings. The TF-30 had 5 settings or "Zones" as they were called in the business, each with its own spray ring. Going from military power through each zone until "Zone 5" was reached at night was a real gas. It was one of the few things that I did, that I thought would impress anyone; the sound, the sight!!

User currently offlineGunships From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 574 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1349 times:

Two outstanding books dealing with the F-105 are "Thud Ridge" and "Going Downtown" by Jack Broughton. Check them out if you get the chance.

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