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In 1953, a sleek new thoroughbred, the F-100 “Hun” for short, burst into the skies to set a new world speed record of 755 MPH in level flight.
By 1955, the F-100 held the world’s first supersonic speed record of 855 MPH and marked the beginning of the Century Series generation of supersonic or faster than the speed of sound (761 MPH) fighters.
The F-100 also won the Bendix Trophy in 1955 with an average speed of 610 MPH.
The swept wing F-100A featured titanium extensively and was the first USAF aircraft to utilize the low tail. The aircraft was equipped with many automatic systems including leading edge slats, air conditioning, pressurizing and fuel systems.
The later models featured the new wet-wing, in-flight refueling, hard points for extra drop tanks, under wing bombs and improved bombing systems.
The F-100’s remained in military service until the 1970’s.
Service History of 54-2091
Delivered: March 29, 1956
1956 - 413th Fighter-Day Group (TAC) George AFB, CA Deployed to Shaw AFB, NC.
1957 - 479th TFG (TAC) George AFB, CA Deployed to Langley AFB, VA and McChord AFB, WA.
1959- Air Mat Sacramento McClellan AFB, CA
1959 - 4530th CCT (TAC) Williams AFB, AZ
1960 - 4510th CCTW (TAC) Luke AFB, AZ
Aug 1964 - May 1968 - 121st TFG ANG Lockbourne AFB, OH
1968 - 354th TFW PAF Kunsan AB, Korea
1969 - 121st TFG ANG Lockbourne AFB, OH
1971 - Storage Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
1972 Air Logistics Area McClellan AFB, CA
Stricken: December 1972
|MFG: North American
First Produced: 1955
Powerplant: (1) P&W J57-P-21A
Thrust: 16,000 lbs
Service Ceiling: 50,000 ft
Cruise: 593 mph
Top Speed: 822 mph
Range: 575 miles
Empty Weight: 19,270 lbs
Gross Weight: 36,549 lbs
Wing Span: 38’9”
Wing Area: 380 sq. ft
Armament: (4) M-39E 20 mm
canon, 7,500 lbs of ordnance
Number Built: 2294 total
381 C models