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F-100 Super Sabre

North American
F-100 Super Sabre

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The North American F-100 Super Sabre is an American supersonic jet fighter aircraft that served with the United States Air Force (USAF)

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North American
F-100 Super Sabre

The North American F-100 Super Sabre is an American supersonic jet fighter aircraft that served with the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1954 to 1971 and with the Air National Guard (ANG) until 1979. The first of the Century Series of USAF jet fighters, it was the first USAF fighter capable of supersonic speed in level flight.[2] The F‑100 was designed by North American Aviation as a higher performance follow-on to the F-86 Sabre air superiority fighter.[3]

Adapted as a fighter-bomber, the F-100 was superseded by the high speed F‑105 Thunderchief for strike missions over North Vietnam. The F‑100 flew extensively over South Vietnam as the air force’s primary close air support jet until being replaced by the more efficient subsonic LTV A-7 Corsair II.

Operational History

The F-100A officially entered USAF service on 27 September 1954, with the 479th Fighter Wing at George AFB, California. By 10 November 1954, the F-100As suffered six major accidents[8] due to flight instability, structural failures, and hydraulic system failures, prompting the air force to ground the entire fleet until February 1955. The 479th finally became operational in September 1955. Due to ongoing problems, the air force began phasing out the F-100A in 1958, with the last aircraft leaving active duty in 1961. By that time, 47 aircraft had been lost in major accidents.[9] Escalating tension due to construction of the Berlin Wall in August 1961 forced the USAF to recall the F-100As into active service in early 1962. The aircraft was finally retired in 1970.

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RoleFighter/fighter-bomber
ManufacturerNorth American Aviation
First flight25 May 1953
Introduction27 September 1954
Retired1979, United States Air National Guard; 1988, Republic of China Air Force[1]
Primary usersUnited States Air Force
Turkish Air Force
Republic of China Air Force
French Air Force
Produced1953–1959
Number built2,294
Developed fromNorth American F-86 Sabre
Developed intoNorth American F-107

Development

 Denmark
Flyvevåbnet operated a total of 72 aircraft. 48 F-100Ds and 10 Fs were delivered to Denmark from 1959 to 1961 as MDAP equipment. 
 France
The Armee de l’Air was the first Western-aligned air force to receive the F-100 Super Sabre. The first aircraft arrived in France on 1 May 1958. A total of 100 aircraft (85 F-100Ds and 15 F-100Fs) were supplied to France, and assigned to the NATO 4th Allied Tactical Air Force.
 Taiwan (Republic of China)
It was the only allied air force to operate the F-100A model. The first F-100 was delivered in October 1958. It was followed by 15 F-100As in 1959, and by 65 more F-100As in 1960. In 1961, four unarmed RF-100As were delivered.[36] Additionally, 38 ex-USAF/Air National Guard F-100As were delivered later, to bring the total strength to 118 F-100As and four RF-100As. 
 Turkey
The Turk Hava Kuvvetleri received 206 F-100C, D and F Super Sabres. Most came from USAF stocks, and 21 F-100Ds and two F-100Fs were supplied by Denmark. .
 United States
List of F-100 units of the United States Air Force

Specifications (F-100 Super Sabre)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 50 ft (15 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 9 in (11.81 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 2.75 in (4.9467 m)
  • Wing area: 400 sq ft (37 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 3.76
  • Airfoil: NACA 64A007[158]
  • Zero-lift drag coefficient: CD0.0130
  • Drag area: 5.0 sq ft (0.46 m2)
  • Empty weight: 21,000 lb (9,525 kg)
  • Gross weight: 28,847 lb (13,085 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 34,832 lb (15,800 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21/21A afterburning turbojet engine, 10,200 lbf (45 kN) thrust dry, 16,000 lbf (71 kN) with afterburner

Performance

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 924 mph (1,487 km/h, 803 kn)
  • Maximum speed: Mach 1.4
  • Range: 1,995 mi (3,211 km, 1,734 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 22,400 ft/min (114 m/s)
  • Lift-to-drag: 13.9
  • Wing loading: 72.1 lb/sq ft (352 kg/m2)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.55

Related

  • Armament

    Guns:20 mm (0.787 in) M39A1 revolver cannon each with 200 rounds per gun
    Hardpoints: 6 with a capacity of 7,040 lb (3,190 kg),with provisions to carry combinations of:
    Missiles: ** 4× AIM-9 Sidewinder or2× AGM-12 Bullpup or2× or 4× LAU-3/A 2.75″ unguided rocket dispenser
  • Bombs: Conventional bombs or Mark 7, Mk 28, Mk 38, or Mk 43 nuclear bombs

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The North American F-100 Super Sabre is an American supersonic jet fighter aircraft that served with the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1954 to 1971 and with the Air National Guard (ANG) until 1979. The first of the Century Series of USAF jet fighters,