The "Thud" hauls out of there hard enough to spin wingtip streamers as her afterburner kicks in. The damaged MiG-17 begins its trip to the ground. It's an April day in 1967 for pilot, USAF Major, Leo Thorsness.
The Republic F-105 Thunderchief was never meant for this kind of work. It was strictly a bomber, meant to nuke the Soviets if they invaded Europe. Instead, they were extensively used in Viet Nam, bombing at low level into the greatest concentration of ground fire the world has ever seen. They received the nickname "Thud", because that's the sound they made when they hit the ground.
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