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Posted 10/30/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
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North American YF-100
The first North American YF-100 built (S/N 52-5754) landing with drag chute. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The F-100 was the USAF's first operational aircraft capable of flying faster than the speed of sound (760 mph) in level flight. It made its initial flight on May 25, 1953, and the first production aircraft was completed in October 1953. North American built 2,294 F-100s before production ended in 1959.

Designed originally to destroy enemy aircraft in aerial combat, the F-100 later became a fighter-bomber. It made its combat debut during the Vietnam Conflict where it was assigned the task of attacking such targets as bridges, river barges, road junctions and areas being used by infiltrating enemy soldiers.

The F-100C, which made its first flight in 1955, featured such advances as an in-flight refueling system, provisions for extra fuel drop tanks and bombs under the wings and an improved electronic bombing system.

Type Number built/
YF-100 2 Prototype
F-100A 203 Production aircraft
RF-100A 6 (cv) Six converted from F-100A
F-100B 0 Three built as YF-107A
F-100C 476 Six production blocks
TF-100C 1 (cv) Converted F-100C

Armament: Four M39 20mm cannons and 42 2.75-inch rockets or 5,000 lbs. of bombs
Engine: One Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21 of 16,000 lbs. thrust with afterburner
Maximum speed: 900 mph
Cruising speed: 600 mph
Range: 1,350 miles
Service ceiling: 51,000 ft. 
Span: 38 ft. 10 in.
Length: 53 ft. 11 in. (with pitot boom extended); 47 ft. (with boom folded)
Height: 15 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 36,549 lbs. maximum

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