Hello My Friends
I have changed my name from Thuddriver to Sky_Boss.
I have used a few variations of ATHUDDRIVER for many years. I picked it up from an very special event. Many years ago an F-105, Thunderchief, fighter-bomber was flown into the Chanute AFB, IL to become a static display. The runways there had been closed but they cleaned one up and with special permission it landed there. I was the air traffic controller working that flight as it made its way to its last landing. I was told by the pilot of that aircraft that it was the LAST flight of an F-105 that would carry a real person on board. The rest were being hauled to museums, or being scrapped. As I was completing my duties and turned him over to the advisory frequency for landing at Chanute I found a HUGE lump in my throat.
This is that bird in bad shape taken this summer.
F-105 Thunderchief 63-8287 : USAF | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
I have found there are more than a few IRV2 members that have either flown or new very well of this beast of a plane. Just a little history.
Republic F-105 Thunderchief - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is with great respect for these fine airmen and those that actually had the chance to fly and work on them that I "retire" "THUDDRIVER.
Sky_Boss refers to my chosen profession as an air traffic controller.
Please give thanks to the brave pilots that flew the THUD and the crews that kept them flying. It was an unpopular war but they did their duties under some of the most arduous combat and political conditions imaginable.
I hope those of you that have a history with the THUD were not offended by my use of that name. I never pretended to be a pilot of one and never intended any disrespect.