Flying Low,
Fast & Deadly
Skip Holm Remembers Flying the F-105

By: Mark Huber

Republic F-105 Thunderchiefs flew more combat missions over North Vietnam than any other aircraft. Almost 60 percent of the 600 "Thud" fighter-bombers flown in the Vietnam War were lost. Not since B-17s flew unescorted against World War II Germany had American aviators been caught in this kind of carnage.