Название: Republic F-105 Thunderchief
Издательство: Bunrindo Co., Ltd.
Серия: Famous Airplanes of the World 4
Размер: 68.5 MB
The F-105 was a rugged fighter bomber used widely during the early part of the Vietnam War. The design was notable in many respects, including its large bomb bay, unique forward-swept engine inlets at the wing root, and the fact that it remains the largest single-seat combat aircraft ever built. The F-105 was developed as a replacement for the F-84F Thunderstreak low-altitude fighter bomber during a period when the US Air Force was focused on building up its nuclear deterrence capabilities. The F-105 was therefore optimized to carry a nuclear payload while flying at low altitudes at supersonic speeds to penetrate the advanced air defenses of the Soviet Union. This mission concept required an internal bomb bay with a powerful engine and high wing loading to minimize drag and maximize crew comfort in the demanding flight environment. The plane required a voluminous interior not only for the bulky nuclear weapon but for a large fuel capacity and a radar in the nose.