'Thud' Out!

Combat Aircraft Journal looks back at the final days of the US Air Force’s F-105 Thunderchief, and one very special farewell event at Hill AFB.

On a bitterly cold Utah day in February 1984, just three Republic F-105Fs were all that remained of the US Air Force’s once huge Thunderchief fleet, one that at its peak numbered in excess of 800 aircraft. Hill AFB was the ‘Thuds’ final operating location under the Air Force Reserves (AFRES) of the 419th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) at Hill, located near Salt Lake City.

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