North American F-100 Super Sabre Jet Fighter Plane
The F-100 Super-Sabre nicknamed "the Hun" was a swept wing super-sonic fighter designed in the 1950's as a replacement for the existing subsonic F-86 Sabre. The Super-Sabre served with the USAF as it's first "supersonic in level flight" fighter from September 1954 to 1961 when the aircraft was withdrawn following numerous handling and reliability issues. Over 500 F-100D's were eventually lost in accidents mainly due to the swept wing design being optimised for high speed, in consequence the Super Sabre had a high stall speed and stalls happened so often when landing they were referred to as the "Sabre Dance" by F-100 pilots.
The increase in cold-war tension with the building of the Berlin Wall resulted in the F-100 Super-Sabre being reinstated as a stop-gap measure after only a few months retirement and they remained in service until 1971, later aircraft were supplied as fighter-bombers with nuclear bomb capability, after retirement from the USAF the F-100 Super Sabre equipped the Air National Guard until mid 1979. It is interesting to note that the F-100 Super-Sabre was the chosen mount of the famous USAF's "Thunderbirds" display team for many years and also served with the air forces of Taiwan, Denmark, France and Turkey.
F-100D Super-Sabre Armament:
- Four 20 mm M39 cannon
- Four AIM-9 Sidewinder or GAM-83 Bullpup missiles
- Maximum of 7,040 lb (3,190 kg) of weapons, including Conventional bombs or Mark 7, Mk 28, Mk 43, Mk 57 or Mk 61 nuclear bombs
|F-100D Super-Sabre Specifications: Crew: Pilot onlyLength: 50 ft (15.2 m)Wingspan: 38 ft 9 in (11.81 m)Height: 16 ft 2¾ in (4.95 m)Empty weight: 21,000 lb (9,500 kg)Max takeoff weight: 34,832 lb (15,800 kg)Engine: Single 16,000 lbf (71 kN) Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21/21A afterburning turbojetMaximum speed: 864 mph (1,390 km/h)Range: 1,733 NM (1,995 mi, 3,210 km)Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,000 m)Rate of climb: 22,400 ft/min (114 m/s) || |
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