North American F-100D Super Sabre


Cleaning main gear door - that's all spotless, clean metal! Photo James Kohan
 

Repair work on wing Photo Steve Satchell
 
 
Repair work on wing Photo Steve Satchell
 

Repair work on wing   Photo Steve Satchell

 Aircraft Background:
Officially part of the USAF Collection, the F-100D is on indefinite loan from the U.S. Air Force Museum, Wright Patterson AFB, to MAPS Air Museum for restoration purposes.

Aircraft's History:
A successor to the F-86 Sabre used in Korea, the F-100 was the first of the "Century Series" of Fighter aircraft in the USAF inventory (Other Century Series aircraft include the F-101 Voodoo, the F-102 Delta Dagger, the F-105 Thunderchief, and the F-106 Delta Dart).  While all of them where initially designed as fighter/interceptor aircraft, most went on to carry the brunt of the U.S. Air Force's close air support / ground attack ("bombing") duties during the Vietnam War.  Notable firsts for the F-100 series include being the first production U.S. aircraft capable of flying faster then the speed of sound in level flight and having the first supersonic capable auto-pilot. From 1964 to 1968, the Super Sabre was the chosen airframe for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team.  

loading the forward fuselage in Florida loading the starboard wing in Florida
getting the nose wheel down and secured getting the nose wheel down and secured. 

Specifications:
Span: 38' 10"
Length: 54' 2"
Height: 16' 2"
Weight: 38,048 lbs loaded
Armament: 4 20mm cannon, 2 AM-83 Bulldog missiles, 4 AR-8 Sidewinder missiles, and/or up to 7,040 lbs of ground attack ordnance (non-guided rockets, bombs, napalm) 
Engine: Pratt & Whitney J-57P-21 with 16,000 lbs thrust in afterburner mode. 

PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed: 926 mph
Cruising speed: 590 mph
Range: 1,970 miles
Service Ceiling: 55,000 ft 

Crew Chief:  Ken Ramsay

Crew Chief's Update (Restoration Progress): 
As of 03/02/2008...
Work Completed Work Completed
Removed left wing flap (finally) Repaired corrosion on left flap access panels Replaced skin on large nose gear door
Repaired small nose gear door Cleaned main gear doors Primed all 4 gear doors Made 2 hinges for large nose gear door.

Work to be accomplished in the next few months
Order new windscreens Repair left wing outer aileron trailing edge ReRepair corrosion in left wing flap Store left wing
Bring right wing into restoration area

Longer Range Work
Bring right wing into restoration area Replace left and right windscreens Repair damage to aft titanium structure

As of 01/09/2008...
Work Completed
Reskinned large nose gear door Cleaned one main gear door Removed top panel on left wing for flap actuator access

Work to be accomplished in the next few months
Order new windscreens Make hinges for large nose gear door Primer paint all gear doors Remove left wing flap for repair Repair Left wing outer aileron trailing edge Repair missile hole in left wing inner aileron Repair corrosion in left wing flap actuator hinge panel Store left wing Bring right wing into restoration area

Longer Range Work
Make pitot boom locking sleeve Replace left and right windscreens Fix damage to aft titanium structure

As of 11/15/2007 ...
Work Completed
Repaired bent left wing tip Received new canopy Received tail hook Received intake cover Received drag chute (poor condition) Received main gear doors

Work to be accomplished in the next few months 
  Repair nose gear door Remove left wing flap for repair Repair Left wing outer aileron trailing edge Repair missile hole in left wing inner aileron Repair corrosion in left wing flap actuator hinge panel Receive tail hook Store left wing Bring right wing into restoration area

Longer Range Work
Make pitot boom locking sleeves Replace left and right windscreen Fix damage to aft titanium structure

As of 10/16/2007 ...
Work Completed
Cleaned and primed left wing lower surface Free stuck left wing leading edge slat rollers and tracks Received nose gear door (needs repair) Turned left wing over R emoved and filled left wing upper surface corrosion Cleaned and primed left wing upper surface Received air refueling probe Received belly panel and tail hook mount

Work to be accomplished in the next few months
Repair nose gear door Repair damaged left wing tip panel Repair Left wing outer aileron trailing edge Repair missile hole in left wing inner aileron Repair corrosion in left wing flap actuator hinge panel Obtain main gear doors Receive Tail hook Receive new canopy 

Longer Range Work
Make pitot boom locking sleeve Replace left and right windscreens Fix damage to aft titanium structure

{Date Unknown}The airframe has been moved into the small restoration building, but fixed to a custom mount, and the nose wheel has been dropped and secured, so the aircraft is resting on its' nose wheel for the first time in many years.  Initial survey of the airframe has begun to determine the next restoration steps.

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