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Thunderchief F-105 D (Jet Fighter Series) #ARI0001
 Thunderchief F-105 D (Jet Fighter Series)
Military Aircraft
ARII Plastic Model

The F-105 D was the major production variant of the famous Cold War era Thunderchief fighter / bomber.  It was basically an all weather variant of the day-only F-105 B.  It first flew in 1959 and was heavily used during the Vietnam War.  Externally, the F-105 D was different from the B version in that it had a longer and wider nose which housed the larger radome for the NASARR Radar.  While the Thunderchief was initially intended for the nuclear strike role its primary role ended up being that fighter / bomber.  In this role it excelled as it was capable of carrying a wide range of external stores underneath the wings and fuselage.  In addition, while not the best American jet aircraft in aerial combat against modern Soviet MiG fighters, it could hold its own when piloted by a seasoned United States Air Force pilot.  In fact, during the Vietnam War, pilots flying the Thunderchief shot down almost 28 enemy aircraft primarily through the use of its 20 mm Vulcan cannon.  The last of the F-105 Ds were finally retired from the Air Force Reserves in 1984.  This older, out-of-production kit of the F-105 D Thunderchief is part of this model makers Jet Fighter Series.  It is molded in light gray and includes the following: 1) Authentic United States Air Force markings for an aircraft operated during the Vietnam War; 2) Clear canopy and 3) Complete illustrated assembly instructions.  Never started and 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions inventoried.


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