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F-100D Super Sabre
0-52816, 120th TFS, Colorado ANG
|The "D" variant was the ultimate version of the F-100 with 1,274 aircraft being
produced. The production of the F-100 ended in August 1959. The F-100D arrived in
Southeast Asia in 1962 with its primary mission being close air support and ground
attack within South Vietnam. This role was eventually taken over by the A-7 Corsair II.
The aircraft became affectionately known as “The Hun”, short for “one HUNdred”. The
last F-100 left Vietnam in July 1971 but not before 242 of these aircraft was lost. The
“Hun” was eventually replaced by the F-4 Phantom II and the F-105 Thunderchief.
On June 21, 1945 the 120th TRS was reconstituted and 11 months later re-designated
120th FS and assigned to the Colorado ANG. The 120th FS “Colorado Cougars” was
stationed at Buckley Field, a section of Lowry AFB, Colorado and was awarded the
history and honors as well as the Guidon (colors) of the former 120th TRS. In January
1961 the unit was once again re-designated, this time 120th TFS and in May 1968 went
to Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam with their F-100Cs. When the 120th returned from
Vietnam in April 1969 they re-equipped with the F-100D variant which they flew until
April 1974 when the converted to the LTV A-7D.
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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