Thud Ridge

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Thud Ridge
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Location of Thud Ridge
Elevation 5000
Range Tam Dao range
Coordinates 21°30′22.2″N105°36′31.02″E / 21.506167°N 105.6086167°E / 21.506167; 105.6086167 Coordinates: 21°30′22.2″N105°36′31.02″E / 21.506167°N 105.6086167°E / 21.506167; 105.6086167

Thud Ridge was the nickname given by United States Air Force F-105 Thunderchief pilots (the aircraft being nicknamed "Thud") during the Vietnam War to the Tam Dao range a 24 km, 5000 ft high ridge that ran parallel to the Red River approximately 32 km northwest of Hanoi, which was both a waypoint during air attacks and a terrain masking feature for ingressing fighters in the vicinity of Hanoi, North Vietnam. [1] [2]

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The North Vietnamese eventually installed anti-aircraft artillery on the ridge using heavy-lift helicopters. [3]

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  1. Broughton, Jack (1969). Thud Ridge . J. B. Lippincott Company. ISBN   978-0-85979-116-8.
  2. Kelley, Michael (2002). Where we were in Vietnam. Hellgate Press. pp. 5–508. ISBN   978-1555716257.
  3. "Thuds, the Ridge, and 100 Missions North". Air & Space Magazine. February 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2015.