Aviation Photo #1031817 Republic F-105G Thunderchief - USA - Air Force

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What a massive beast....obviously a fake serial for this Thud (494 being one of the resident squadrons). Any clues to the real identity ?
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    Lieuwe Hofstra
    USA - Air Force
    Republic F-105G Thunderchief
    Republic F-105 Thunderchief
    Republic F-105 Thunderchief
    United Kingdom
    July 1986
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Photo Added: April 15, 2006

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12 years ago
Very nice bird you nailed there! Actually it is an F-105F converted to a G. If you take a good look you can see the modifications specific to a Wild Weasel. The serial might be 62-4434 if you look closely to the mods on the 9 in the serial. That famous US serial site states that in 1962 only one batch of 105Fs have been produced. Afterwards most of them are converted to F-105G. but it also states this for 4434: To MASDC as FK0013 Jul 1, 1980, So I don't know for sure. There are 11 other serials which could have been this bird as all others died earlier to your photograph date. Hope it helps ;)
11 years ago
This is one of the most intriging pictures I've seen in some time. There are two things that strike me right from the start. The first is the date. This type was officially retired in 1984. The second is that the aircraft is wearing a non-standard camoflage scheme. A side by side comparison with a F-111 shows that it appears to be a very close approximation of the standard F-111 stencil adapted to fit the shape of the F-105. Even down to the black undersides. Very interesting, will no doubt spark some debate with my fellow 'Vark lovers.
6 years ago
It was flown by the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing until 1980, then went to RAF Lakenheath for CDRT use.

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