Navy and Air Force had new planes to boast about today. In St. Louis, the?
Navy and Air Force had new planes to boast about today. In St. Louis, the Navy put through its paces a new two-place twin-jet fighter--the F4H-1--and announced that it can fly faster and further than any other plane in the Navy. The Air Force took first delivery of the F105 Thunderchief, a brand new one-man fighter-bomber which the Air Force believes to be probably the most versatile in the world today.
The thunderchief is described by the Air Force as a flying arsenal of the most advanced weapons this country has developed. It is rated at twice the speed of sound. It can carry missiles of several varieties, guided and unguided. It carries rockets, conventional bombs, fire bombs. It is armed with a 20 mm. cannon and can deliver the hydrogen bomb anywhere in the world.
The Thunderchief is built by Republic at Farmingdale, Long Island. The plane which is a revolution in the skies has also caused a drastic and welcome change in the Long Island employment picture. Because of past contract cancellations six thousand Republic employees had been laid off. Now, thanks to the Thunderchief contract, the reverse is happening. By the end of this month, Republic hopes to re-hire thirteen hundred employees and four thousand by the end of June. This heavy increase in jobs is expected to put this part of the island considerably ahead of the recession after a long period of being behind. Those on the Hiring line were pleased.