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F-100 "Super Sabre"

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F-100 Super Sabre

The North American designed F-100 was the first operational aircraft to fly faster than sound in level flight. Design started in 1948 in an attempt to improve the speed of the then-experimental F-86. On October 29, 1953, Lt Col F. L. “Pete” Everest piloted the first F-100 to a world speed record of 755.149 miles per hour. This was the first aircraft to use the heat-resisting metal titanium. The aircraft included automatic regulated air conditioning and pressurizing systems and an automatic fuel system. It also incorporated a drag chute for landing on short, wet, or icy runways.

The Super Sabre was used by the Air Force Thunderbirds in their famous precision flying performances. The F-100 was the first jet to fly a tactical strike mission in Southeast Asia in June 1964. Sidewinder and Bullpup missiles were added to F-100s in service during the late fifties; these aircraft played a prominent part in the early years of the Vietnam conflict.

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Manufacturer: North American
Wing Span: 38 ft 9 in
Length: 47 ft
Weight: 15 ft
Empty Weight: 21,000 lb
Gross Weight: 34,832 lb
Quantity Produced: 2,294
Speed: 864 mph
Power Plant: Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21A afterburning Turbojet
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