F-105 Thunderchief (Thud) – 1/1
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From October 1963 to September 1965 we were stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB in N. Carolina. Dad flew the B, D and F models of the Thunderchief, as part of the 334th Tactical Fighter Squadron. A TDY assignment took the unit and it’s Thuds to Incirlik AB, Turkey, for several months in 1965.
In October 1965 he was assigned to the 23rd Tactical Fighter Squadron stationed at Bitburg, Germany. They flew the 105’s until April 1966, when the unit transitioned to F-4’s (next in the series).
As I remember it, the Seymour Johnson Thuds were NMF, and it wasn’t until Germany that they began to carry the SEA scheme in anticipation of taking part in action in Vietnam.
That is not him in the cockpit – one of his squadron mates.
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