HomeVisitMuseum ExhibitsFact SheetsDisplay

North American F-100D Super Sabre

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-100D Super Sabre at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-100D Super Sabre at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-100D Super Sabre at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-100D Super Sabre at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-100D Super Sabre on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-100D Super Sabre on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The North American F-100D Super Sabre  being moved into position in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The restoration crew members worked as part of a team to complete the gallery reconfiguration on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The North American F-100D Super Sabre being moved into position in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The restoration crew members worked as part of a team to complete the gallery reconfiguration on Jan. 26, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Note: This aircraft is on display in the Cold War Gallery.

Developed as a follow-on to the F-86 Sabre used in the Korean War, the F-100 was the world's first production airplane capable of flying faster than the speed of sound in level flight (760 mph). The prototype -- the YF-100A -- made its first flight on May 25, 1953, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Of the 2,294 F-100s built before production ended in 1959, 1,274 were Ds, more than all the other series combined. The D model, which made its first flight on Jan. 24, 1956, was the most advanced production version. Its features included the first autopilot designed for a supersonic jet and a low-altitude bombing system. The Super Sabre had its combat debut in Vietnam where it was used extensively as a fighter-bomber in ground-support missions such as attacking bridges, road junctions and troop concentrations.

The aircraft on display was used by the Thunderbirds, the official USAF Flight Demonstration Team, from 1964 until 1968. During that period, the team toured the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and nearly every state in the United States.

This F-100D was retired from service with the 114th Tactical Fighter Group, South Dakota Air National Guard, in 1977. It was restored by Thunderbird maintenance personnel at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., to its original appearance as a team aircraft. It was flown to the museum by the Air National Guard, and the Thunderbirds presented the aircraft to the museum on July 22, 1977.

SPECIFICATIONS:
Span:
38 ft. 10 in.
Length: 54 ft. 2 in.
Height: 16 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 38,048 lbs. loaded
Armament: Four M-39 20mm cannons, two GAM-83A Bulldog missiles, four GAR-8 sidewinder missiles, rockets, special stores and/or a maximum of 7040 lbs. of bombs.
Engine: Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21 (or -P-21A) of 16,000 lbs. thrust with afterburner
Cost: $704,000

PERFORMANCE:
Maximum speed:
926.6 mph
Cruising speed: 590 mph
Range: 1,970 miles
Service ceiling: 55,000 ft.

Click here to return to the Featured Accessions index.

Featured Links

Picture of B-17 Memphis Belle
Plan Your Visit
E-newsletter Sign-up
Explore Museum Exhibits
Browse Photos
Visit Press Room
Become a Volunteer
Air Force Museum Foundation