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F-100 SUPER SABRE

Aircraft at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42


Nicknamed "Hun"

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A/C SN 54-2299
Construction # 223-179
Date Acquired: August 1, 1998
Acquired From: USAF George AFB, CA (Loan)
Displayed: October 1, 1998

History

F-100 recovery crew George AFB, Madison, Murphy, Pinkham, Sinclair & possibly Daniels.

Built at Inglewood, California; left production line on August 27, 1956.

November 23, 1956 8th TFW, 80th TFS (Headhunters) Itazuke AB, Japan: The 8th FBW became the 8th TFW on July 1, 1958 with the wing converting from F-86 to the F-100. During this time each squadron rotated to Kunsan Air Base, Korea for training missions and occasionally an operational mission along the demilitarized zone.
February 20, 1959 8th TFW, 80th TFS, Osan AB, Korea: Wing transferred to Osan Air Base. Unit on dawn to dusk alert status.
December 21, 1959 4520 CCTW, Nellis AFB, NV: Aircraft used as a Thunderbird during the Far East Tour in 1959. Thunderbird aircraft were normally the F-100C model, however, these did not possess aerial refueling capability necessary to cross the Pacific.
August 11, 1960 4520 CCTW, Nellis AFB, NV: Aircraft used for combat crew training.
April 15, 1962 4520 CCTW, Nellis AFB, NV: Aircraft crashed, but was repairable.
July 18, 1962 4520 CCTW, Nellis AFB, NV: Aircraft returned after repairs made.
September 28, 1962 4510 CCTW, Luke AFB, AZ: Aircraft transferred to 4510 CCTW; still used for combat crew training.
October 14, 1969 58 TFTW, Luke AFB, AZ: Tactical fighter training wing.
June 26, 1970 114 TFG, 175 TFS, Joe Foss ANGB, SD : Transferred to South Dakota Air National Guard.
July 31, 1970 180 TFG, 112 TFS, Toldeo Expr. Airport, OH, : Transferred to Ohio Air National Guard.
September 23, 1970 114 TFG, 175 TFS, Joe Foss ANGB, SD: Transferred back to South Dakota Air National Guard.
1981 George AFB, CA,: Displayed as gate guard at George AFB.
October 1999 Palmdale, CA, Transferred to Joe Davies Heritage Airpark and placed on display, designated "Spirit of Palmdale".

General Information


MANUFACTURER: North American Aviation
PRODUCTION PERIOD: 1953 to 1959
NUMBER PRODUCED: 2,294
PRODUCTION SERIES: USAF: F-100A, C, & D single-seat A/C, F-100F two-seat A/C
ROLES: Originally designed as a land-based fair-weather air superiority fighter for the US Air Force; later developed into a land-based all-weather multi-mission aircraft for the US Air Force, capable of close air support, interception and forward air control


Performance and Specifications

(Figures given are for the F-100D model)

MAXIMUM SPEED: 910 mph (Mach 1.2)
SERVICE CEILING: 46,900 feet above sea level
RANGE: 1,995 miles
WEAPONS: Four M39 20mm cannons, AIM-4 Falcon, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, and a variety of air to ground rockets and bombs could be carried on the six wing and one fuselage stations
CREW: Pilot
LENGTH: 54 feet, 2 inches
WINGSPAN: 38 feet, 9 inches
HEIGHT: 16 feet, 2 inches
MAXIMUM TAKEOFF WEIGHT: 37,124 lbs.
POWERPLANT: Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21/21A turbojet engine with afterburner providing 16,000 lbs. of thrust
ACHIEVEMENTS: First operational USAF aircraft to exceed the speed of sound in level flight; operated by the USAF Thunderbirds and USAF Europe Skyblazers Flight Demonstration teams

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