Mastercraft Collection: F-105 Thunderchief..
Wingspan: 6.5 inches
Length: 12 inches
With the intention to replace the aging RF-84F Thunderflash, Republic Aviation had been drafting a design since the early 1950s. But rather than just designing a plane with good performance, the company wanted to employ the concept of placing cameras in the pointed nose through the wing-root air intakes. As such, Republic evaluated and re-evaluated about 108 designs before finalizing the concept. The chosen design was designated as the AP-63FBX, which stood for Advanced Project 63 Fighter Bomber, Experimental - a name which tells you that the plane is, indeed, still in the trial phase. The chosen design, which translated to the AP-63-31 plane, was for a low-altitude, bomb-carrier-capable, supersonic fighter. The first prototype that can be considered as the ThunderchiefŐs ancestor was created in October 1953. But the prototype YF-105Astill needed a few more touch-ups so the first prototype didnŐt fly until the 22nd of October 1955. During this flight, the aircraft attained a speed of Mach 1.2. After rolling out of the factories, the F 105 Thunderchief was immediately employed by various US Air Force squadrons. The first squadron that used the aircraft was the USAFŐs Tactical Air Command's 335th Squadron of the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing, which used the F-105 in August 1958. The Thunderchief F 105 became known for the large role it played during the Vietnam War.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!