REPUBLIC F-105 THUNDERCHIEF
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|Book cover finish||Perfect paperback|
|Special features||Original edition ( O.E. or Or.E )|
|Number of pages||100|
|Collection / Series||WARBID TECH SERIES|
|Size||21.5 x 27.5 x 0.8 cm|
|Author||Larry DAVIS en David MENARD|
|Editor||Speciality Press Publishers and Wholesalers|
The pilots of the F-105s who went "downtown" did so knowing they were going to war with one hand tied behind their backs. The "rules of engagement” forbade them from attacking any target except the one assigned to them that day. During the early years of the war, the thud pilots weren't even allowed to attack enemy MiG fighters, or surface-to-air missile (sam) sites, unless those adversaries attacked them first!
If the first wave of strike aircraft completely destroyed the target on the first pass, the rest of the strike force had to bomb the rubble. More often than not, the thuds attacked targets in the hanoi region from the same direction and same altitudes, day after day. The north vietnamese weren't stupid, they placed their anti- aircraft defenses along the route the thuds always used. The mountain range just north of the red river, which leads right to hanoi, soon became known as "thud ridge." Such were the "rules of engagement" the thud drivers had to live and die by.