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I was recently at the Museum for the reunion of the Douglas Aircraft Flight Test group. Had a tour with Knobby Walsh...great tour Knobby...after 17...
Just wanted to say "What a collection!!!! VERY impressive! I run the Restoration shop for the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, Pueblo, CO and I understand...
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.