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F-100D Super Sabre
1st Lt. Joe H. Engle, 474th Fighter Day Sqn.
31st TFW, George AFB, August 1958
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|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.
Joseph Henry “Joe” Engle was born in 1932 in Abilene, Kansas. In 1958 he earned his
pilot wings and was assigned to the 474th Fighter Day Squadron located at George
AFB flying the North American F-100 Super Sabre. He became a USAF Test Pilot, test
flew the X-15 rocket airplane, at 32 he was the youngest man to become an astronaut.
In November 1981 he commanded the Shuttle Columbia and retired a Major General in
1986 having spent 224 hours in space. He has flown more than 180 different aircraft
types and logged nearly 14,000 flight hours.
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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