F-100C Super Sabre

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Manufacturer: North American
Designation: F-100
Version: C
Nickname: Super Sabre
Type: Fighter
Crew: Pilot
First Flew: Jan 17, 1955
Length: 46' 1.25" 14.05 M
Height: 15' 6" 4.72 M
Wingspan: 38' 10" 11.84 M
Empty Weight: 19270.0 lbs 8739.00 Kg
Gross Weight: 26636.0 lbs 12079.0 Kg
Max Weight: 36549.0lbs 16575.0 Kg
No. of Engines: 1
Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21 (A/B 16,000Lb)
Thrust (each): 8700 3945
Range: 1350 miles 2173.00 Km
Cruise Speed: 590.00 mph 952.75 Km/H 515.00 Kt
Max Speed: 920.00 Mph 1485.00 Km/H 802.70 Kt
Climb: 21600.0 Ft/min 6583.36 M/min
Ceiling: 49100.0 Ft 14965.0 M

Production of the "Super Sabre" began in October of 1953. Tactical Air
Command (TAC) Squadrons began receiving the F-100 "A" model in early 1954.

Flown by the US Air Force Demonstration Team, The Thunderbirds, from
1956-1958, the F-lO0 Super Sabre was a direct descendant of the famous F-86
Sabre. The North American Aviation Company spent over 3 million man hours to
improve the F-86 and the F-100 was the result. This fighter bomber was the first
US production aircraft to exceed the speed of sound in level flight, setting the
world speed record in 1955 at 822.1 mph. The F-100 also made the first flight by
a jet fighter over the North Pole. Used extensively in the ground attack role in
Vietnam, the Super Sabres were also used as interceptors with the Aerospace
Defense Command in the early 1960's and flew with NATO air forces well into the
1970's. Air National Guard F-l00's responded to the Berlin Crisis in 1961 and
the USS Pueblo incident in 1968. Most F-100 Super Sabres finished their careers
as target drones for Air Force live fire exercises.

The museum's F-100 is a C model, serial number 54-1786, manufactured by North
American Aviation, Inglwood, CA, and delivered to the Air Force on 24 Sept 1955.
It was assigned to Tactical Air Command Units from Sept 1955 until Aug 1964 when
it was assigned to the Air National Guard. From June 1968 until June 1969, it
flew from Tuy Hoa AB, Vietnam, and then returned to a stateside Air National
Guard unit until May 1974.

The 188th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the New Mexico Air National Guard was
her last operational posting. They flew our F-l00C, serial number 54-1786, to
the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center (MASDC), Davis-Monthan Air
Force Base, AZ, on the 22nd of April, 1974.

In March of 1981, 54-1786 was brought by truck to the March Field Museum by
our dedicated volunteers.  The exterior camoflage paint scheme with tail "SM
486" was completed in July 2004. This aircraft is on loan from the USAF.

According to the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA/RSA), Maxwell
AFB, AL, the museum's F-100C has the following history:

F-100C, s/n 54-1786, was manufactured by North American Aviation, Inglewood
CA and delivered to the USAF on 24 Sep 1955. Its assignments were:

Sep 1955  - To 450th Fighter-Day Wing (TAC), Foster AFB TX

Sep 1956  - To 322nd Fighter-Day Group (TAC), Foster AFB TX (assignments to
Landstuhl AB Germany and Ernest Harmon AFB Newfoundland

Jan 1957 -  Deployment to Wendover AFB UT

Oct 1957  - Deployment to Seymour Johnson AFB NC

Dec 1957  - To 31st Fighter-Bomber Wing (TAC), Turner AFB GA

Apr 1958  - Return to 450th Fighter-Day Wing

Jun 1958  - To Sacramento Air Materiel Area CA

Oct 1958  - To 4510th Combat Crew Training Wing (TAC), Luke AFB AZ

Jul 1959 -  To 4520th Combat Crew Training Wing (TAC), Nellis AFB NV

Aug 1964 -  To 150th Tactical Fighter Group (ANG), Kirtland AFB TX
(assignment to Cannon AFB NM)

Jun 1968  - To 31st Tactical Fighter Wing (PACAF), Tuy Hoa AB SVN

Jun 1969  - Return to the 150th Tactical Fighter Group

Apr 1974  - To 138th Tactical Fighter Group (ANG), Tulsa AP OK

May 1974  - To Military Aircraft Storage Center AZ

Jan 1975  - Dropped from USAF inventory as surplus