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The End of an Era 
F-105 Thunderchiefs of the 355th TFW depart Takhli
12 ship formation farewell pass - 12 October 1970 - Takhli RTAFB

End of the Thud Era

The 355th TAC Fighter Wing departs Takhli on 12 Oct 1970

From the history of Takhli contributed by Jim Traywick:

The 355 TFW ceased combat operations at Takhli on 7 October, and on the 12th, the wing retired it's colors with a 12-aircraft flyover of F-105s.  The wing and its associated units inactivated 10 December.  Most of the aircraft were moved to McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, but some went to Kadena Air Base and the 18 TFW.  The only F-105s remaining in PACAF were the Wild Weasels at Korat and a few aircraft assigned to the 12 TFS at Kadena. From: Pacific Air Forces: Fifty Years In Defense of the Nation, p 105

Note from Steve Lott:

 I was in the ECM Pod Shop from Oct 1968 to Jul 1968. I returned in Aug 1970, in time to see operations wind down  and got a couple of snapshots of the flyover.  I remember thinking what a beautiful sight that was on such a sad occasion.

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