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Aviation and Diplomacy

Frank Piasecki

NATO 1949-2009 Projekt ekspozycji w Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego w Krakowie



Polish Aviation Museum

31-864 Kraków,
al. Jana Pawła II 39
phone: (12) 640 99 60,
(12) 642 40 70
e-mail: info@muzeumlotnictwa.pl

a cultural institution of the Malopolska Region

Małopolska – Kraków Region


Patronage

Kraków Airport







Aeroplane: Republic F-105D Thunderchief

Republic F-105D Thunderchief
USA
fighter-bomber
1959



  • Technical data


Span 10.59 m (34 ft 8 in)
Length 19.61 m (64 ft 4 in)
Take-off weight 23,834 kg (52,546 lb)
Maximum speed 2,240 kph (1,210 kt)
Ceiling 13,720 m (45,000 ft)
Range 3,850 km (2390 mi, 2080 NM)
Armament one 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon, 5,450 kg (12,000 lb) of ordnance (convetional and nuclear bombs, rocket missiles, additional fuel tanks) on pylons under wings and fuselage or in the bomb bay
Powerplant :
a Pratt & Whitney J75-P-19W turbojet engine rated at 118 kN (26,500 lbf)

 

The aircraft flown by Donald Kutyna during the Vietnam War.

Republic F-105 Thunderchief is an American supersonic strike aircraft, designed in the 1950 for deep penetration of enemy territory and conducting nuclear strikes. First the single seat combat version the F-105B was developed, then the upgraded single-seat F-105D and two-seat combat trainer F-105F.

The F-105D was the main type of strike aircraft of the USAF during the Vietnam war. Throughout most of the war it was the main type of aircraft to attack ground targets in North Vietnam from Korat and Takhli bases in Thailand at the cost of very
heavy losses. Modified two seat F-105Fs and its upgraded variant F-105G served as specialized enemy air defence suppression aircraft (so-called Wild Weasels).

The aircraft on display, number 59-1822 is one of the most famous Thunderchiefs of the Vietnam war. It was assigned to 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, based at Takhli, Thailand and was flown by a pilot of Polish origin, Major Donald Kutyna, who gave it individual name The Polish Glider. It is a permanent deposit, donated by the USAF Museum.

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