The many lives of F-105 Number 336

The many lives of F-105 Number 336

Quite often, when we talk to F-105 pilots, they dig into their log books and discover they flew the FHC’s Thunderchief, number 336, in combat. I recently asked Dewey Vandevender if he ever thought “his” Thud would be in a museum. He responded, “There was one time I didn’t think either me or the plane were going to make it through the day.” Vandevender was hit over North Vietnam in 1968 while dive-bombing ammunition-filled caves. When his wingman pulled alongside, he saw that the whole aft end of Dewey’s fuselage was burned and blasted. After he landed safely, it took 532 man-hours to fix the aircraft.

Dewey Vandevender and his son are making the trek from Mississippi to reunite with 336, the tough F-105 that brought him home. He will be joined by at least a half-dozen other former Thud drivers, many who have aircraft number 336 in their logs. You can meet them and ask them some questions about the mighty Thud on Vietnam Day, September 10, at the Flying Heritage Collection.

Cory Graff is the military aviation curator at the Flying Heritage Collection.

Talk to us

More in Life

The Gothard Sisters
Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

The Gothard Sisters’ annual Celtic Christmas show is set for Dec. 8 in Edmonds. Plus loads of other Christmas entertainment.

Erica × darleyensis ‘White Perfection'. (Richie Steffen)
Great Plant Pick: Erica × darleyensis ‘White Perfection’

What: Erica × darleyensis ‘White Perfection’, commonly called White Perfection Darley heath… Continue reading

Screen printed dish towels available at Madrona Supply Company on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 in Clinton, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Do some good along with your Christmas shopping

Head across the Sound to Whidbey Island for gift-buying with a do-gooder spirit

Caption: If you can get past the itchiness factor, wool garments warm you up and last a lifetime. (Jennifer Bardsley)
In praise of wool, the fiber that saved this California girl

It may itch, but you can’t beat a wool sweater for warmth. And it’ll last a lifetime.

Double-billed by Avis for a van returned after hours

When Robert Cipriani returns his Avis minivan, he expects to pay $1,770. Instead, Avis charges him twice. What happened, and how can he get his money back?

The towering Basilica of Our Lady of Fátima sits at the head of a vast esplanade. At the top of the steps, a covered open-air altar, cathedra (bishop's chair), and pulpit stand ready to conduct Mass to the thousands of pilgrims who come to celebrate the Virgin of Fátima on the 13th day of each month from May through October.
Rick Steves on Fatima, Portugal, a testament to the power of faith

Whether you’re a devout Catholic or just a curious gawker, the place is a marvel and worth a visit.

Garden gnomes and vintage trucks make fabulous yard art -- though the truck may be difficult to gift wrap.
Steve Smith’s gift ideas for your favorite gardener

They range from the down-to-earth practical (garden tools) to the purely decorative (garden art).

This advertising lamp includes figures of a team of horses pulling a beer cart with drivers, followed by a crowd of Dalmatians. Similar scenes may take place in real life on Budweiser’s promotional tours. The lamp with a moving wagon sold for $625.
Prohibition’s repeal spawned the Budweiser Clydesdale horses

The first team of draft horses delivered the first load of beer after the repeal, and an effective marketing icon was born.

Is your partner grumpy? Here are some antidotes to consider

No. 1: Wait until your grump is in a good mood to talk to them about their grumpiness.

Most Read