Memphis Belle II (60-504)
Memphis Belle II (S/N 60-504) was an F-105D assigned to the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Taklhi Royal Thai Air Base in Thailand during the Vietnam War. It was nicknamed after the WWII Boeing B-17 bomber which bore the same name and artwork. The "Thud" could carry over 12,000 pounds of ordinance-more than a WWII B-17!
Republic "Thunderchiefs" began flying in Southeast Asia during the summer of 1964 after the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Although originally designed as a supersonic tactical nuclear strike bomber (it had an internal bomb bay for nuclear ordinance) it was used extensively as a conventional bomber.
Its pilots flew over 20,000 combat missions against some of the most dangerous, heavily defended targets in North Vietnam. 833 F-105s were built, including 610 F-105D models such as the one in this rendering. Over 350 of them were lost in combat.
My illustration presents "Memphis Belle II" carrying a center line rack of 750 pound bombs, wing mounted fuel tanks, and wing mounted pylons that carried one 750 pound bomb each. Pilots of this plane were responsible for two MiG-17 kills, noted by the red stars underneath the canopy windscreen.
This aircraft displayed prominently at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio and is a very impressive sight!
Presented as a 24x18 illustration, this unsigned, unlimited edition will be printed on heavyweight glossy paper and can be framed using any 24x18 inch frame. It can also be matted and placed in a larger frame for an even more impressive appearance. No watermark will appear on any illustration you buy.
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