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North American F-100D Super Sabre
56-3000 "Triple Zilch" 20th TFW, RAF Wethersfield
Essex, England, late 1957
|THESE ARE PRE-PRODUCTION PICTURES
NOT THE FINISHED MODEL
|The North American F-100 Super Sabre was in USAF service from 1954 to 1971 and
the ANG until 1979. It was the first aircraft of what was to become known as “Century
aircraft” referring to the 100. The F-100 was the first USAF jet fighter capable of super
sonic speeds in level flight. The F-100D was designed to overcome the short falls of the
“C”. The “D” suffered from electrical problems, landing gear and brake chute failures as
well as re-fuelling probes that broke off during high speed maneuvers. Of the 1,274 “D”s
produced over 500 aircraft were lost, mostly due to accidents with a loss rate of 50
aircraft per year during the Vietnam War.
The 20th TFW was activated in late 1930 as 20th Pursuit Group. The unit first went to
England in 1943 for WWII and returned to Wethersfield, Essex, England in 1952 as part
of United States Air Force Europe (USAFE). The first F-100s arrived in 1957. Triple
Zilch was chosen by Col. Raymond Toliver, the commander of the 20th TFW because
of its buzz number (FW-000). He began flying with the 55th TFS and this squadron
emblem along with the 2 other 20th TFW units the 77th and 79th are displayed on his
Specifications for the F-100D
1 X Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21/21A turbojet, 10,200 lb.st. dry and 16,000 lb.st. with
Wingspan 38 ft 9 in
Length - 50 ft 0 in
Height - 16 ft 2 3/4 in
Wing area - 400 sq. ft.
Maximum speed - 770 mph at sea level (clean), 864 mph (Mach 1.3) at 36,000 ft (clean).
Initial climb rate - 19,000 ft/min. An altitude of 35,000 ft could be attained in 2.3 minutes.
Service ceiling - 36,100 ft, combat ceiling 47,700 ft, absolute ceiling 50,000 ft.
Normal range - 534 mi, maximum range 1,995 mi.
Fuel capacity – 1,739 US gallons internally, total of 2,139 gallons if maximum external
fuel is carried.
Empty - 21,000 lbs
Gross - 28,847 lbs
Maximum T/O - 34,832 lbs
4 X 20-mm Pontiac M-39 cannon
6 X under-wing pylons for up to 7,040 lbs of bombs, fuel tanks, or rockets.
1 X MK-28 or Mk-43/57/61 nuclear weapon could be carried.
In later versions, 4 X AIM-9B/E/J Sidewinder air-to-air infrared homing missiles could be
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