REPUBLIC F-105G "THUNDERCHIEF"
The F-105 evolved from a project that began in 1951 by Republic Aviation to develop a supersonic tactical fighter-bomber to replace the F-84F. The prototype first flew on 22 October 1955, but the first production aircraft, the F-105B, was not delivered to the USAF until 1958. The F-105D all-weather strike fighter and the two-place F-105F dual-purpose trainer-fighter also were built before the F-105 production (of 833 aircraft) ended in 1964. During the Vietnam War a large number of the F-105Fs were converted to the enemy radar jamming F-105G aircraft and specialized in destroying surface-to-air missile sites. These F-105Gs with their unique missions were called "Wild Weasels."
Warner Robins Air Logistics Center managed the communications, fire control, bombing and electronic warfare systems for all F-105 aircraft. The aircraft on display was delivered to the USAF in February 1964 as a two seat F-105F. It was later modified to the "Wild Weasel" F-105G configuration and last served with the 116th Tactical Fighter Wing (ANG) at Dobbins AFB, Georgia before its retirement in 1983 when it was flown to Robins AFB for display.
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