|Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
F-100D Super Sabre
0-63390, Turkish Air Force
November 10, 1971 First Lieutenant GÜROL
|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.
In the early 1950s Turkish Air Force (Türk Hava Kuvvetleri) began receiving F-100
Super Sabres and in 1972 when the USAF phased out their F-100 Super Sabres from
their active service a large number of aircraft went to ANG units, Denmark and Turkey.
Over the years the Turkish Air Force (Türk Hava Kuvvetleri) received approximately 206
F-100D and F variants. In 1974 the Turkish F-100s saw heavy use during the conflict
between Turkey and Greece over the ownership of Cyprus. The last Turkish F-100D
was retired in 1982. This F-100D is ex-USAF 401ST TFW, # 56-3390 / 0-63390
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
|I received an email from the son of the
Turkish pilot that last flew this aircraft.
He tells what became of the aircraft and
his father, quite interesting.
Click HERE to read.
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