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Wed Jun 12, 2002 5:58 am

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

Wed Jun 12, 2002 5:43 pm

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.
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RE: F-105s

Wed Jun 12, 2002 8:41 pm

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!!
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RE: F-105s

Fri Jun 21, 2002 12:21 pm

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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