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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

F-100D Super Sabre Walk Around Photo Feature 


This is a walk around of an F-100D Super Sabre Jet Aircraft, I took these Photos at the Maps Air Museum in North Canton, Ohio in July 2015.



The North American F-100 Super Sabre, the first of the "Century Series" of jet aircraft, was the first Air Force fighter capable of supersonic speed in level flight.  The F-100 was originally designed by North American Aviation as a higher performance follow-on to the F-86 Sabre air superiority fighter.  The F-100 flew extensively over South Vietnam as the Air Force's primary close air support jet and also served in several NATO air forces and with other US allies.

The F-100D was built in greater numbers than any other version, there were also  two seat reconnaissance versions built.  When production stopped in 1959 almost 2300 had been made.  Super Sabres retired from USAF service in 1972, but remained in use with Air National Guard units until 1980.  Super Sabres were supplied to Denmark, France, Taiwan and Turkey, with the last finally retiring the type in the mid-1980's.


Career Highlights:

  • The first operational aircraft in the USAF capable of exceeding the Mach 1 in level flight.
  • On August 20, 1955, an F-100C set the first supersonic world speed record of 822.135 mph
  • May 13, 1957 set a speed and distance world record from New York to LA in 14 hours 4 minutes.
  • August 7, 1959 became the first ever Jet fighter to fly over the North Pole.
  • April 16, 1960 became the first USAF combat jets to enter the Vietnam war.
  • April 4, 1965 became the first aircraft to engage in aerial Jet combat in Vietnam.
  • The USAF Thunderbirds operated the F-100C Super Sabre from July 1964 to November 1968. 


Aircraft Data:

  • Role: Fighter-Bomber
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Manufacturer: North American Aviation
  • Produced: 1953 - 1959  2,294 built
  • First Flight: May 25, 1954
  • Introduction: September 27, 1954
  • Retired: September 1, 1971
  • Cruise Speed: 864 mph
  • Range: 1,399 miles
  • Crew:1
  • Power-plant: Pratt and Whitney J57-P21 turbojet with 17,000 lbs of afterburning thrust
  • Armament: Four 20mm cannon & Six under wing load points for up to 7,500 lbs of weapons
  • Wingspan: 38 feet 9 inches
  • Length: 49 feet 6 inches
  • Height: 16 feet 3 inches
  • Wing area: 385 square feet
  • Weights: Empty 21,000 lbs, Maximum Take-Off 34,832 lbs
  • Maximum speed: 864 mph
  • Ceiling: 45,000 feet
  • Range: 1,995 miles with external drop off tanks
  • Climb: 16,000 feet per minute

The Display Aircraft's Service Record.

  • Jun  1957      Built at North American Aviation, Inglewood, California.
  •                       Delivered to United States Air Force June 19, 1957
  •                       312th Fighter-Bomber Wing, Tactical Air Command (TAC)
  •                       Cannon Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico.
  •                       Deployed to Seymour-Johnson AFB, North Carolina.
  • Jul   1958      312th Fighter Bomber Wing, TAC, George AFB, California
  •                       Deployed to Cannon AFB, California and Chiayi Air Base (AB) Taiwan
  • Feb  1959      27th Tactical Fighter Wing, TAC, George AFB, California
  •                       Deployed to Incirlik AB, Turkey and McConnell AFB, Kansas
  • Mar  1965      4510th Combat Crew Training Wing, TAC, Luke AFB, Arizona
  • Apr   1967     3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam
  • Oct   1969     35th Tactical Fighter Wing. PACAF, Phan Rang AB, Vietnam
  • Jun   1970     31st Tactical Fighter Group, PACAF, Tuy Hoa AB, Vietnam
  • Sep  1970     4403rd Tactical Fighter Wing, TAC England AFB, Louisiana
  • Apr   1972     121st Tactical Fighter Group, Ohio Air National Guard (ANG), Lockbourne AFB, Ohio
  • Oct   1974     132nd Tactical Fighter Wing, Iowa ANG, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Sep  1976     131st Tactical Fighter Wing, Missouri ANG, Lambert Field, Missouri
  • Nov  1978     Transferred to Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
  • Jun   1988     Converted to QF-100D Target Drone (Note damage to left wing aileron from sidewinder missle strike.)
  • Jun   1998     Transferred to Florida Air Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida by the U.S. Air Force Museum
  • Nov   2004     Recovered and placed on indefinite loan to MAPS from the U.S. Air Force Museum.




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