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F-105I for STRIKE FIGHTERS 2
This is a simple mod of the stock Third Wire F-105D Thunderchief to give a fictional F-105I 'Shalakh' (Osprey) of the Israeli Air Force with markings for;
No.253 squadron - 'The Negev Squadron' in a 1960's natural metal scheme.
This should work in any SF2 game featuring the stock Third Wire F-105D but has only been tested in a merged install of SF2/SF2V/SF2E/SF2I.
The F-105 Thunderchief in Heyl Ha'Avir service.
During the early 1960's Defence Secretary Robert S. McNamara and his team of whiz-kids were on a mission to streamline the US defence budget with 'commonality' being their main area of focus. With the F-4 Phantom
now being procured for the USAF as well as for the USN and USMC and with the TFX (F-111) project promising further cost savings it appeared that the two aircraft had the home tactical fighter market covered. So it
was no surprise when in October 1963 Republic Aviation were formally ordered to stop further development of the F-105 Thunderchief and stop production after the current batch of F-105D's and F-105F's.
In early 1964 the Heyl Ha'Avir (Israeli Air Force) were looking for a replacement for the Vautour tactical bomber and openly expressed a preference for the UK's Blackburn Buccaneer. With the end of the Thunderchief
production line looming, and with no follow-on project in the immediate pipeline, Republic Aviation proposed a modified version of the Thunderchief F-105D to the Heyl Ha'Avir at a very attractive price and this was
With the last USAF F-105D's and F-105F's going through the door production continued with the main production batch of 100 F-105I aircraft, essentially similar to the F-105D but with some Heyl Ha'Avir specified equipment and powered by the Pratt & Whitney J75-P20W engine rated at 26,500lbs of thrust with reheat . Deliveries of the first F-105I aircraft began in early 1967 and the type soon gained the local name of 'Shalakh' (Osprey). Whilst there was no corresponding two-seater the Heyl Ha'Avir soon became interested in a dedicated electronic warfare and defence suppression version of the F-105I similar to the two-seat F-105G's being converted for the USAF.
Once again the Heyl Ha'Avir kept the production line open with an order for 40 new build EF-105I's powered by the J75-P21W and these aircraft entered service in 1968 - too late for the six-day war of 1967 but they
played an important part in the Yom Kippur war of 1973. As a happy consequence, the USAF ordered more F-105D's and F-105F's as attrition replacements for Vietnam and this kept the Thunderchief production line
open until December 1968.
1. Drop the F-105I folder into your Aircraft folder.
2. Sprinkle the contents of the Decals folder into your main Decals folder. If you haven't got a Decals folder
inside your Objects folder then simply move my Decals folder into your Objects folder.
BIG THANKS to TK for the continuous improvement of a great little game/sim.
And special thanks to everyone in the wider Third Wire community.