Republic F-105G Thunderchief

First delivered to the Tactical Air Command in 1958, the Thunderchief was designed as an all-weather long-range fighter/bomber capable of supersonic speed. The Museum’s Thunderchief is the final variant of the series, fitted with sophisticated electronics to enable it to perform “Wild Weasel” missions over North Vietnam. This aircraft served with the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, 44th Tactical Fighter Squadron based in Korat, Thailand. It came to the Museum in 1996. Thanks to a grant from Lockheed Martin, it was refinished in its original Vietnam War configuration and markings of USAF Lt. Col. Don Carson, who later served as a Communications Director for Martin-Marietta at Middle River.