F-100 Super SabreThe " title="North American Aviation">North American F-100 Super Sabre was a military " title="Jet engine">jet " title="Fighter aircraft">fighter aircraft that served with the " title="United States Air Force">USAF from 1954-1971 and with the ANG until 1979. It was the successor to the " title="F-86 Sabre">F-86 Sabre.
Development work began in 1949 for a " title="Supersonic">supersonic interceptor and prototype construction started in 1951 when the company won a contract for 110 aircraft. The first YF-100 prototype flew on " title="May 25">May 25, " title="1953">1953 with a " title="Pratt & Whitney">Pratt & Whitney J57 engine, it broke the sound-barrier on its first flight. The YF-100 set a world speed record in October 1953 at 754.99 mph. The first aircraft, the F-100A, were delivered in late 1953 and became operational from September 1954. Despite the testing, there were a number of operational crashes that grounded the aircraft from November 1954 until February 1955 when the problem (stability) was identified and solved (larger control surfaces).
The F-100A was followed by the F-100C (1954, 476 built) and the F-100D (1956, 1,274 built) fighter-bombers, with increased wing-area, fin and rudder size, six underwing hard-points and improved electronics. The F-100D was an unforgiving aircraft, over 500 were lost in accidents by USAF pilots. The final production variant was the F-100F tandem trainer (339 built), first flown in 1956 it was stretched by 3 m to accommodate the second crew.
The Super Sabre, especially the F-100D was widely used in the " title="Vietnam War">Vietnam War, but was replaced from 1966 on tougher missions by the " title="F-4 Phantom II">F-4 and the " title="F-105 Thunderchief">F-105. The aircraft served in Vietnam until 1971.