North American F-100 Super Sabre

The North American F-100 Super Sabre is an American supersonic jet fighter aircraft that served with the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1971 and with the Air National Guard until 1979.

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

The F100 was designed by North American Aviation as a higher performance follow-on to the F-86 Sabre air superiority fighter.

Variants

YF-100A

Prototype, model NA-180 two built, s/n 52-5754 and 5755.

YQF-100

Nine test unmanned drone version: two D-models, one YQF-100F F-model, DF-100F, and six other test versions.

F-100A

Single-seat day fighter; 203 built, model NA-192.

RF-100A (“Slick Chick”)

Six F-100A aircraft modified for photo reconnaissance in 1954.

Unarmed, with camera installations in lower fuselage bay.

Used for over flights of Soviet Bloc countries in Europe and the Far-East.

Retired from USAF service in 1958, the surviving four aircraft were transferred to the Republic of China Air Force and retired in 1960.

F-100B

North American X-10 

F-100BI

Proposed interceptor version of F-100B, did not advance beyond mock-up.

F-100C

Seventy Model NA-214 and 381 Model NA-217.

Additional fuel tanks in the wings, fighter-bomber capability, probe-and-drogue refuelling capability, uprated J57-P-21 engine on late production aircraft.

First flight: March 1954; 476 built.

TF-100C

One F-100C converted into a two-seat training aircraft.

F-100D

Single-seat fighter-bomber, more advanced avionics, larger wing and tail fin, landing flaps.

First flight: 24 January 1956; 1,274 built.

F-100F

Two-seat training version, armament decreased from four to two cannon.

First flight: 7 March 1957; 339 built.

DF-100F

This designation was given to one F-100F that was used as drone director.

NF-100F

Three F-100Fs used for test purposes, the prefix “N” indicates that modifications prevented return to regular operational service.

TF-100F

Specific Danish designation given to 14 F-100Fs exported to Denmark in 1974 in order to distinguish these from the 10 F-100Fs delivered 1959–1961.

QF-100

Another 209 D and F models were ordered and converted to unmanned radio-controlled Full Scale Aerial Target drones and drone directors for testing and destruction by modern air-to-air missiles used by current U.S. Air Force fighter jets.

F-100J

Unbuilt all-weather export version for Japan

F-100K

Unbuilt design study for a two-seat F-100F powered by a J57-P-55 engine

F-100L

Unbuilt design study for a single-seat F-100D powered by a J57-P-55 engine

F-100N

Unbuilt version with simplified avionics for NATO customers

F-100S

Proposed French-built F-100F with Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engine

Specifications

Crew

1

Length

50 ft (15 m)

Wingspan

38 ft 9 in (11.81 m)

Height

16 ft 2.75 in (4.9467 m)

Wing area

400 sq ft (37 m2)

Aspect ratio

3.76

Airfoil

NACA 64A007

Zero-lift drag coefficient

CD0.0130

Drag area

5.0 sq ft (0.46 m2)

Empty weight

21,000 lb (9,525 kg)

Gross weight

28,847 lb (13,085 kg)

Max take-off weight

34,832 lb (15,800 kg)

Powerplant

1 × Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21/21A afterburning turbojet engine, 10,200 lbf (45 kN) thrust dry, 16,000 lbf (71 kN) with afterburner

Performance

Maximum speed

924 mph (1,487 km/h, 803 kn)

Maximum speed

Mach 1.4

Range

1,995 mi (3,211 km, 1,734 nmi)

Service ceiling

50,000 ft (15,000 m)

Rate of climb

22,400 ft/min (114 m/s)

Lift-to-drag

13.9

Wing loading

72.1 lb/sq ft (352 kg/m2)

Thrust/weight

0.55

Armament

Guns

4× 20 mm (0.787 in) M39A1 revolver cannon each with 200 rounds per gun

Hardpoints

6 with a capacity of 7,040 lb (3,190 kg), with provisions to carry combinations of:

Missiles

4× AIM-9 Sidewinder

Or

2× AGM-12 Bullpup

Or

2 × or 4× LAU-3/A 2.75″ unguided rocket dispenser

Bombs

Conventional bombs or Mark 7, Mk 28, Mk 38, or Mk 43 nuclear bombs

Avionics

Minneapolis-Honeywell MB-3 automatic pilot

AN/AJB-1B low-altitude bombing system

AN/APR-26 rearward radar warning.

 

 

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