HaveBlue....you are correct sir. The F-105 Thunderchief. Very embarrassing for me to have erred, I make the zero-meter-effective-range excuse that I have been sick in bed for two days and my self-edit feature is not in nominal operating range.
I remember when the 116th at Dobbins had Thuds and they still had battle damage from Vietnam. They would practice making repairs with Dr. Pepper cans cut open and flattened over the holes held in place with metal staplers. Now that was an airplane!
As for the big-giant-badass helicopter, you will see that I said that was my
name for it. I only flew on them a few times and it was usually NOE
and I was always sitting next to guys who were distinctly ill from the flying. I was not feeling so well myself, either. Its like riding a sideways rollercoaster that jumps up and down, while you are trying to hang on to all your crap, and not lose track of your barf bag. The crew chiefs always had plenty of those on hand and gave instructions to use them as they did not wish to clean the floors.
But the NASA KC
-135A (since retired and one now a gate guardian the other sold for parts) turbojet hotrod was definitely my source of inspiration for the name.