Air International 1985-05
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L.Peacock - Super Sabre: First of the Century Series /Warbirds/
Another European user of the Super Sabre, France's Armee de I'Air received 88 F-100Ds and 12 F-100Fs; the example illustrated was operating with ECU, the principal operator of the type.
One of the several F-100s employed as tar­get tugs by Flight Systems Inc under contract to the USAF.
Colourful markings distinguish the QF-100 target drone, some 300 of which are being procured by USAF.
The Flyvevabnet (Royal Danish Air Force) was one of three European air forces to receive Super Sabres through US Military Aid Programmes. No longer in service, they were operated by ESK 725, 727 and 730 until the arrival of Saab Drakens and GD F-16s. A two-seat F-100F is illustrated.
View of the first of two YF-100A and therefore the prototype Super Sabre. Note the test instrument probe above the nose intake in the flying shot. The standard pilot extended from below the intake.
View of the first of two YF-100A and therefore the prototype Super Sabre. Note the test instrument probe above the nose intake in the flying shot. The standard pilot extended from below the intake.
An F-100D photographed in 1959, showing the original probe for air-to-air refuelling, extending from the starboard wing.
An F-100D of the 21st TFW at Misawa, Japan, showing the later "cranked” probe that brought the nozzle closer to the pilot's line of sight.
The Super Sabre was one of the first USAF fighters to display the three-tone (green, dark green and tan) camouflage introduced in the mid-'sixties after the US became involved in operations in SE Asia.
The first production F-100A Super Sabre, with original short tail and short span wing.
The sixth production F-100A Super Sabre, with original short tail and short span wing.
F-100Cs.
The third production F-100C. This variant introduced a strengthened wing structure to allow the carriage of up to 5,000 lb (2 270 kg) of external stores on six pylons. It also had a “wet” wing, with integral fuel tanks, and provision for air-to-air refuelling.
View of Super Sabres in Danish service, showing camouflaged F-100s
A two-seat F-100F in the markings of the Thunderbirds, the USAF's official aerobatic team. The team flew F-100Cs and, later, F-100Ds for many years.
View of Super Sabres in Danish service, showing F-100Fs.
North American F-100D Super Sabre