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34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thud Era

Korat RTAFB, Thailand - May 1966 to May 1969

Some Aircraft Pictures

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  • A standard load of 750 pound bombs with Monty Pharmer giving them a check in 1968.
  • Weapons loading.
  • 2,000 pound bombs waiting to be uploaded.
  • Preflight; one last check.
  • Miss T starting up for a mission.
  • Ready to go.
  • Courtesy of Joe Sechler.
    JJ 381 heads for the arming area with a load of 500 pounders.
    Courtesy of Joe Sechler.
  • Courtesy of Joe Sechler.
    Takeoff with lead in burner.
    Courtesy of Joe Sechler.
  • Refueling over the mighty Mekong River.
  • Courtesy of Joe Sechler.
    Joe Sechler gets some gas.
    Courtesy of Joe Sechler.
  • Refueling while heading to the target.
  • Headed north with a load of 750 pound bombs.
  • Courtesy of Joe Sechler.
    Joe Sechler headed for a target.
    Courtesy of Joe Sechler.
  • A look toward Package Six and the Hanoi area. Looks pretty quiet from here.
  • Taking a good look at our tanker friends.
  • Mr. Blackbird, Don Austin's aircraft.
  • The 25 Ton Canary, John Whaley's aircraft.
  • The crew chief, Paul Fredericksen, had just finished the name while Lt Zeke was on his last mission. The name was later changed to Arizona Roadrunner. This aircraft survived the war and was sent to the boneyard at Davis Monthan on 8 Oct 1976.
    1Lt Robert Zukowski's aircraft, 61-0204.
    The crew chief, Paul Fredericksen, had just finished the name while Lt Zeke was on his last mission. The name was later changed to Arizona Roadrunner. This aircraft survived the war and was sent to the boneyard at Davis Monthan on 8 Oct 1976.
  • This is the name that was on the other side of the aircraft.
  • Mid-1967 somewhere over Thailand.
    David Carter was on a functional check flight (FCF) and took this nice picture;.
    Mid-1967 somewhere over Thailand.
  • Nothing is known about when or where this was taken.
  • Courtesy of Jake Shuler..
    A flight of 4 heading out loaded for a mission.
    Courtesy of Jake Shuler..
  • Courtesy of Jake Shuler.
    Four Thuds ready to roll.
    Courtesy of Jake Shuler.
  • Courtesy of Jake Shuler.
    On the roll with a 34th TFS bird in the lead.
    Courtesy of Jake Shuler.
  • Courtesy of Jake Shuler.
    Approaching a formation landing.
    Courtesy of Jake Shuler.
  • Courtesy of Jake Shuler.
    Always nice to get a good chute when landing.
    Courtesy of Jake Shuler.
  • Courtesy of Jake Shuler.
    Parking after another mission.
    Courtesy of Jake Shuler.
  • Pappy & Jack were OCS classmates in 1961.
    Harold W. "Pappy" Stoll, a Weasel EWO, drew this sketch for Jack Phillips after they did a raid on Kep in 1967.
    Pappy & Jack were OCS classmates in 1961.
  • Courtesy of KC-135 driver Jerry Weeks; September 1968.
    JJ 092 headed home.
    Courtesy of KC-135 driver Jerry Weeks; September 1968.
  • Courtesy of KC-135 driver Jerry Weeks; September 1968.
    JJ 361 empty with JJ 092 on the wing.
    Courtesy of KC-135 driver Jerry Weeks; September 1968.
  • Courtesy of KC-135 driver Jerry Weeks; September 1968.
    RM 064 headed north.
    Courtesy of KC-135 driver Jerry Weeks; September 1968.
  • Courtesy of KC-135 driver Jerry Weeks; September 1968.
    Another look at RM 064.
    Courtesy of KC-135 driver Jerry Weeks; September 1968.
  • Courtesy of KC-135 driver Jerry Weeks; September 1968.
    RU 443 with bombs but nobody in the back seat.
    Courtesy of KC-135 driver Jerry Weeks; September 1968.
  • Courtesy of KC-135 driver Jerry Weeks; September 1968.
    RU 444 also with bombs and nobody in the back.
    Courtesy of KC-135 driver Jerry Weeks; September 1968.
  • Courtesy of KC-135 driver Jerry Weeks; September 1968.
    JV 256 and wingman.
    Courtesy of KC-135 driver Jerry Weeks; September 1968.
  • The guys who saved our day; many times.
  • They provided electronic warfare support.
    A B-66 needs a drink.
    They provided electronic warfare support.
  • Note the basket method, always a challenge.
    B-66 gets a drink.
    Note the basket method, always a challenge.
  • He diverted to Udorn and made a good landing that went bad due to no steering or brakes. The right rudder cable was severed, resulting in the aircraft leaving the runway, hitting the barrier shack, and wiping out the gear. (Photo courtesy of Gary Confer.)
    The end of mission #8 for Gary Confer in JV 453.
    He diverted to Udorn and made a good landing that went bad due to no steering or brakes. The right rudder cable was severed, resulting in the aircraft leaving the runway, hitting the barrier shack, and wiping out the gear. (Photo courtesy of Gary Confer.)
  • Note the board going into the aircraft just below the ATM. It was a 2x6 (from the barrier shack) that continued below the floor past the cockpit. (Photo courtesy of Gary Confer.)
    The cockpit of JV 453 after the incident.
    Note the board going into the aircraft just below the ATM. It was a 2x6 (from the barrier shack) that continued below the floor past the cockpit. (Photo courtesy of Gary Confer.)
  • Courtesy of Tom Septembre.
    F-105D 24236 was crewed by Tom Septembre when this was taken in October 1967.
    Courtesy of Tom Septembre.
  • The flight line in early 1967. Major Harry Pawlik's name is on one aircraft.
  • Dave Waldrop got 2 MiG 17 kills with this aircraft.
    JJ 132, Hanoi Special
    Dave Waldrop got 2 MiG 17 kills with this aircraft.

This link is to an external page that describes a former 34th bird: F-105D 59-1743. (this pdf file may open faster).
Another external link to a former 34th bird: Restoration of F-105 #62-4361.
This isn't a 34th bird, but is a nice restoration of an F model, #63-331: Pacific Coast Air Museum, Santa Rosa, CA.

In Remembrance Of Those Who Served!