North American F-100D “Super Sabre”

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.

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