North American F-100 Super Sabre


1st Flight 1953

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 takeoff 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


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


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

Hard points: 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


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


Minneapolis-Honeywell MB-3 automatic pilot

AN/AJB-1B low-altitude bombing system

AN/APR-26 rearward radar warning



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


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


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.


See North American F-107


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


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

Additional fuel tanks in the wings, fighter-bomber capability, probe-and-drogue refueling capability, uprated J57-P-21 engine on late production aircraft. First flight: March 1954; 476 built.


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


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

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


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

First flight: 7 March 1957; 339 built.


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


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


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.


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.


Unbuilt all-weather export version for Japan


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


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


Unbuilt version with simplified avionics for NATO customers


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

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