North American F-100 Super Sabre

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The North American F-100 Super Sabre is an American supersonic jet fighter aircraft that served with the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1954 to 1971 and with the Air National Guard (ANG) until 1979.wikipedia
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LTV A-7 Corsair II

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The F-100 flew extensively over South Vietnam as the air force's primary close air support jet until being replaced by the more efficient subsonic LTV A-7 Corsair II.
It was later adopted by the United States Air Force (USAF), including the Air National Guard (ANG), to replace the Douglas A-1 Skyraider and North American F-100 Super Sabre.

Republic F-105 Thunderchief

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Adapted as a fighter-bomber, the F-100 was supplanted by the Mach two-class F-105 Thunderchief for strike missions over North Vietnam.
As a follow-on to the Mach 1 capable North American F-100 Super Sabre, the F-105 was also armed with missiles and a rotary cannon; however, its design was tailored to high-speed low-altitude penetration carrying a single nuclear weapon internally.

Republic F-84F Thunderstreak

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Nevertheless, delays in the Republic F-84F Thunderstreak program pushed the Tactical Air Command to order the raw F-100A into service.
The F-84F was retired from active service with the USAF in 1964, and replaced by the North American F-100 Super Sabre.

Pitch-up

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As the aircraft approached stall speeds, loss of lift on the tips of the wings caused a violent pitch-up.
It can also occur at low speeds, in which case it has been called a Sabre dance, a particularly dangerous behaviour of swept wings that became apparent during the development of the USAF F-100 Super Sabre.

North American F-107

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The North American F-107 was a follow-on Mach 2 development of the F-100 with the air intake moved above and behind the cockpit.
The F-107 was based on the F-100 Super Sabre, but included many innovations and radical design features, notably the over-fuselage air intakes.

450th Bombardment Wing

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The TAC request for a fighter-bomber was addressed with the F-100C which flew in March 1954 and entered service on 14 July 1955, with the 450th Fighter Wing, Foster AFB, Texas.
It was the first USAF combat wing to fly the North American F-100 Super Sabre.

Air National Guard

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The North American F-100 Super Sabre is an American supersonic jet fighter aircraft that served with the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1954 to 1971 and with the Air National Guard (ANG) until 1979.
Five of the ANG pilots also volunteered as Misty Forward Air Controllers (FACs) flying the F-100 Super Sabre.

401st Air Expeditionary Group

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In 1961, at England AFB, Louisiana, (401st Tactical Wing), there were four fighter-bomber squadrons.
The 401st Fighter-Bomber Wing flew North American F-100 Super Sabres at England for the next nine years.

Tactical Air Command

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Nevertheless, delays in the Republic F-84F Thunderstreak program pushed the Tactical Air Command to order the raw F-100A into service.
Prior to 1966, TAC routinely deployed CONUS-based North American F-100 Super Sabre wings to 16AF bases in Spain, as well as to Aviano Air Base, Italy.

405th Air Expeditionary Wing

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It entered service on 29 September 1956 with the 405th Fighter Wing at Langley AFB.
The 510th Tactical Fighter Squadron inherited the F-100D Super Sabres of the inactivated 72d TFS in a defensive fighter-bomber mission.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17

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On 4 April 1965, as escorts protecting F-105s attacking the Thanh Hoa Bridge, F-100 Super Sabres fought the USAF's first air-to-air jet combat duel in the Vietnam War, in which an F-100 piloted by Captain Donald W. Kilgus of the 416th Fighter Squadron shot down a Vietnam People's Air Force MiG-17, using cannon fire, while another fired AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.
The result was one of the most successful transonic fighters introduced before the advent of true supersonic types such as the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 and North American F-100 Super Sabre.

Pratt & Whitney J57

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It reached Mach 1.04 in spite of being fitted with a de-rated XJ57-P-7 engine.
On May 25, 1953, a J57-powered YF-100A exceeded Mach 1 on its first flight.

Thanh Hóa Bridge

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On 4 April 1965, as escorts protecting F-105s attacking the Thanh Hoa Bridge, F-100 Super Sabres fought the USAF's first air-to-air jet combat duel in the Vietnam War, in which an F-100 piloted by Captain Donald W. Kilgus of the 416th Fighter Squadron shot down a Vietnam People's Air Force MiG-17, using cannon fire, while another fired AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.
In their first air combat, a small force of seemingly mismatched MiG-17s inflicted significant losses on much larger and more advanced American F-105 Thunderchief at a cost of 3 of their own, with an F-100 Super Sabre claiming the first probable American kill of the conflict.

Tyndall Air Force Base

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After Super Sabres were withdrawn from service, a large number were converted into remote-controlled drones (QF-100) under the USAF Full Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) program for use as targets for various anti-aircraft weapons, including missile-carrying fighters and fighter-interceptors, with FSAT operations being conducted primarily at Tyndall AFB, Florida.
In the late 1950s into the 1960s, the base transitioned into the North American F-100 Super Sabre, F-101B, F-102A and TF-102B, F-104 Starfighter, and the F-106A and B aircraft, training interceptor pilots for ADC assignments.

Royal Danish Air Force

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In foreign service, the Royal Danish Air Force and Turkish Air Force F-100s soldiered on until 1982.
In the 1960s and 1970s the RDAF operated a number of US financed Lockheed F-104G Starfighters, North American F-100D and F-100F Super Sabres, and several other types.

North American Aviation

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The F-100 was designed by North American Aviation as a higher performance follow-on to the F-86 Sabre air superiority fighter.
Its successor, the North American F-100 Super Sabre, was also popular.

North American F-86 Sabre

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The F-100 was designed by North American Aviation as a higher performance follow-on to the F-86 Sabre air superiority fighter.
One pilot remarked, "In any envelope except nose down and full throttle", either the F-100 or F-105 was inferior to the F-86H in a dogfight.

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

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Together with F-104G Starfighters, they provided close air support to Turkish ground troops and bombed targets around Nicosia.
Johnson presented the design to the Air Force on 5 November 1952, and they were interested enough to create a general operational requirement for a lightweight fighter to supplement and ultimately replace the yet-to-fly North American F-100.

England Air Force Base

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In 1961, at England AFB, Louisiana, (401st Tactical Wing), there were four fighter-bomber squadrons.
With its subordinate 416th (activated 28 September 1970) and 431st Tactical Fighter Squadrons, it absorbed returning North American F-100 Super Sabre aircraft of 31st TFW from Tuy Hoa Air Base South Vietnam.

Wild Weasel

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Serving as MiG combat air patrol escorts for F-105 Thunderchiefs, Misty FACs, and Wild Weasels over North Vietnam, and then relegated to close air support and ground attacks within South Vietnam.
The Wild Weasel concept was originally proposed in 1965 as a method of countering the increasing North Vietnamese SAM threat, using volunteer crews flying the two-seat F model of the F-100 Super Sabre; while the United States Navy primarily relied upon the A-4 Skyhawk.

Century Series

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The first of the Century Series of USAF jet fighters, it was the first USAF fighter capable of supersonic speed in level flight.

416th Fighter Squadron

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On 4 April 1965, as escorts protecting F-105s attacking the Thanh Hoa Bridge, F-100 Super Sabres fought the USAF's first air-to-air jet combat duel in the Vietnam War, in which an F-100 piloted by Captain Donald W. Kilgus of the 416th Fighter Squadron shot down a Vietnam People's Air Force MiG-17, using cannon fire, while another fired AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.
On 25 March 1958, the 416th activated under Fifth Air Force at Misawa Air Base, Japan, where it started converting from F-84G Thunderjets to F-100 Super Sabres.

6021st Reconnaissance Squadron

Three RF-100As were also deployed to the 6021st Reconnaissance Squadron at Yokota Air Base in Japan, but details of operations there are not available.
The RF-100A was a modification program of F-100A Super Sabres which taken off the production line during September 1954 and modified as unarmed photographic reconnaissance aircraft.

Foster Air Force Base

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The TAC request for a fighter-bomber was addressed with the F-100C which flew in March 1954 and entered service on 14 July 1955, with the 450th Fighter Wing, Foster AFB, Texas.
In early 1955, the 450th FBW began receiving new North American F-100C/D Super Sabre aircraft, replacing the obsolescent F-86s.