Tag: F-100 Super Sabre

Tragic video shows F-100 pilot crashing after fatal “Sabre Dance”
The F-100 jet fighter in this video experiences a pitch-up (AKA the Sabre Dance) and crashes in a fireball. This silent reel of footage comes from the North American Aviation film library and was used for company film productions in the 1960s. The film begins with footage of aircraft assembly and engineers working...
This pilot scored F-100’s only (probable) MiG Kill of the Vietnam War
Capt Don Kilgus pursued a MiG-17 in a steep dive from 20,000 ft down to 7000 ft, firing several bursts from his 20 mm cannons and observing hits on the fighter's right stabilator. Although the F-100's missions flown during the Vietnam War consisted primarily of air-to-ground sorties, for a brief period in 1964-65...
The F-100 Super Sabre in Vietnam and the hazardous 'Night Owl" CAS missions
"The usual method of becoming 'Night Owl Qualified' was strap an aircraft tightly to your body, takeoff with one of the 'veterans', and let him calmly describe what you needed to do and what to watch out for. Those that didn't come back were generally felt to be 'Unqualified'," Jim Wallace, former F-100 pilot Developed as a follow-on to the F-86...
SLUF Vs Hun: former USAF pilot explains why the A-7 outclassed the F-100 in the ground attack role
"The mission was to drop bombs and destroy the target, and the A-7's ability to drop great bombs is unprecedented. It wasn't just more accurate than the F-100....lt was better than any other weapons system designed to deliver ordnance!," Captain Don Cornell The A-7D is a single-seat, tactical close air support aircraft derived from the U.S. Navy’s A-7. The first A-7D...
A quick look at the F-107A Ultra Sabre, the Century Series fighter that never was
After seriously considering the production of the F-107A, the USAF instead chose to buy the F-105 Thunderchief The North American F-107A Ultra Sabre was a mid-1950s development of the successful F-100 Super Sabre. Special features of the F-107A included an engine air intake above the cockpit, an all-moving vertical fin, and a system (called a Variable Area Inlet Duct) that...
When the Hun went Downtown: the story of F-100's only attack on North Vietnamese defenses
The enemy gunners, undaunted by the repeated attacks, had continued to put up a fierce defensive fire. But the elusive tactics of the two Hun drivers had prevented a single enemy shell from finding vitals of their mounts Developed as a follow-on to the F-86 Sabre used in the Korean War, the F-100 was U.S. Air Force's first production airplane...

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