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Old 17 January 2019, 12:10
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Thumbs up Thud Pilots

Really good documentary on F-105 pilots in Vietnam. Cool story on the dog mascot.

Free on Amazon Prime. Well worth watching!
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Old 19 January 2019, 11:51
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Some real amazing stories here. The refueling disaster one is just amazing!

Also explains a lot of the frustrations the pilots had regarding the politics that put them at higher risk and prolonged the war.

Good stories as well ftom several who were shot down and became POWs.

Best documentary have seen in awhile.
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Old 19 January 2019, 18:05
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Thanks. Love the Thud. Will watch.
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Old 19 January 2019, 18:51
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The Thud was really overmatched in its interdiction mission in North Vietnam. It was designed to deliver tactical nukes using the backflip delivery. Trying to knock out a bridge with a 500 pound bomb at four or five hundred miles an hour while being blanketed by AAA was very difficult. I saw the results many times in my two years over there. Many bomb craters around a still standing bridge. The NVA usually positioned 37/57 mm radar controlled AAA around interdiction targets which was very deadly against aircraft trying to deliver a bomb on target. We had a squadron out of Yakota that lost half its 105s in a six month tour.
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Old 20 January 2019, 03:48
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Is this it?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Hun_uUuufOs
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Old 20 January 2019, 03:59
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My favorite Thud story was from a Route Pack 6 mission, I believe on the Thai Nguyen steel mill. The guys had gotten split up due to SAMs and had gone down low and were retrograding, in full blower.

The flight lead says, "3, say position."

3: "I don't know...but I'm going a thousand miles an hour."


If I had to pick one century series airplane to have flown it would have been that one hands down.

I'll be checking this one out, thanks LP.
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Old 20 January 2019, 09:09
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No. It is a new documentary made in 2018. On Amazon prime. Or if not have Prime can rent or buy.

https://www.amazon.com/Thud-Pilots-L...7OL&ref=plSrch
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At end of documentary there is a list of all Thud pilots that died in the war. 146 brave men. Rest In Peace air warriors.

Love the "Weasel" crews motto "YGTBSM". Lmao!
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At end of documentary there is a list of all Thud pilots that died in the war. 146 brave men. Rest In Peace air warriors.

Love the "Weasel" crews motto "YGTBSM". Lmao!
Still the Weasel motto to this day.
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YGBSM
One of the original Weasel documentaries:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TBpswks2f8
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Just saw this - what a documentary. Very, very good.
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Loved it. Great documentary.
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It's a great documentary. If you enjoyed it I'd suggest reading Dan Hampton's "Hunter Killers" he basically between that book and a book of his own experience flying Iron Hand missions in Desert Storm and OIF.
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It's a great documentary. If you enjoyed it I'd suggest reading Dan Hampton's "Hunter Killers" he basically between that book and a book of his own experience flying Iron Hand missions in Desert Storm and OIF.
Hampton's book is excellent. Highly recommend it.
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An excellent documentary. I really enjoyed it.
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Greatly enjoyed both of these, but the Wild Weasel documentary hawkdrvr posted really got my blood flowing.

Some sack on those fellows who flew the F100 SEAD mission and could not even keep up with the bomb-laden F105s.
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Thud Pilots was great.
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Old 14 March 2019, 19:57
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LP thanks for posting - great documentary - when I was crewing F16s at Luke in the late 80s the vice wing commander had the 100 mission patch - totally cool dude and used to love telling me how he taught the students a new thing or two. My wife couldn't understand why these brave men would continue to fly into the 'teeth of the tiger" but understood they were performing the mission. Salute and honor to those brave warriors.
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Old 14 March 2019, 22:24
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This whole thread just reminded me how much I miss the old show Wings on the Discovery/Military Channel. Think I might have to dig around the YouTubes tonight and see what I can find.
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