The Republic F-105 Thunderchief, officially introduced in May of 1958, was responsible for the lion's share of strike-bombing missions during the early years of the Vietnam War. More than 20,000 sorties were flown using the rugged aircraft — which was capable of transporting a greater bombload than the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator bombers of World War II — and was nicknamed "Thud" by its pilots. It was not retired until the mid-1980s.
This 1/72 scale plastic kit features recessed panel lines/rivets, a detailed cockpit, gun bay detail, separately molded ailerons and flaps, two-piece canopy, optional-position speed brakes and external stores, as well as decals for three USAF aircrafts. Assembly required. Skill level 2. 10¾" long.