F-100 Supersabre Historical

F-100 Supersabre Historical (HM1XRO)

Location: Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542 Okaloosa County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 27.96', W 86° 33.626'

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The F-100 was the first operational aircraft capable of flying faster than the speed of sound (Mach 1) in level flight. The aircraft made its initial flight on May 25, 1953, and the first production aircraft was completed in October 1953. North American built 2,294 F-100s before production ended in 1959 with the F-100F models.
Designed originally destroy to enemy aircraft in aerial combat, the F-100 became a fighter-bomber. It made its combat debut the Vietnam War where it was assigned the task of attacking such targets as bridges, river barges, road junctions, and cantonment areas being used by infiltrating enemy soldiers. As tactics developed the F-100F became an important aircraft for two new missions — surface-to-air missile (SAM) suppression, known as "Iron Hand", and high-speed forward air control (FAC), known as "Misty FAC".
The F-100c aircraft on display here featured such advances as an in-flight refueling system, provisions for extra fuel tanks and bombs under the wings and an improved electronic bombing system.
This F-100C S/N 54-1986 was last flown by the Armament Development and Test Center at Eglin AFB. This F-100C is being depicted as F-100F S/N 56-3954 flown by Col (then Major) George "Bud" Day. In April, 1967, Major Day was flying a "Misty FAC" mission
when he was shot down. He was captured and held as a Prisoner of War for the next 67 months. On March 4, 1976, Colonel Day was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Gerald Ford.
Manufacturer     North American Aviation
Thrust     One — Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21 Turbojet engine rated at 17,000 lbs of thrust w/afterburner
Length     46 ft 1 in
Height     15 ft 6 in
Wingspan     38 ft 10 in
Weight     21,000 lbs Empty / 34,832 lbs Max
Speed     864 mph Max / 565 mph Cruise
Range     1350 Miles
Ceiling     49,100 ft
Armament     Four — 20mm cannons and Six — pylons for 42 -— 2.75 in rockets or up to 5,000 lbs of bombs
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
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Date Added Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 542195 N 3370505
Decimal Degrees30.46600000, -86.56043333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 27.96', W 86° 33.626'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 27' 57.6" N, 86° 33' 37.56" W
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Area Code(s)850
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Museum Dr, Eglin Air Force Base FL 32542, US
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