Supersonic in the Super Sabre in 1957

The North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre was the USAF’s first supersonic fighter and The Aeroplane gave a first-hand account of flying in this fighter after John Fricker was taken aloft. His revealing report was published in the June 28, 1957 edition

OPERATIONAL TWO-SEATHER. – Intended for all normal operational roles as well as for high-speed training, the N.A. F-100F Super Sabre is surprisingly tractable for its weight and performance. FW-730, “The Spirit of St. Louis II”, is the sixth production F-100F. Photograph copyright "The Aeroplane”
OPERATIONAL TWO-SEATER. – Intended for all normal operational roles as well as for high-speed training, the N.A. F-100F Super Sabre is surprisingly tractable for its weight and performance. FW-730, “The Spirit of St. Louis II”, is the sixth production F-100F. Photograph copyright "The Aeroplane”

The F-100 was developed from the F-86 and was the world’s first jet fighter capable of flying supersonically in level flight. A total of 2,294 Super Sabres were manufactured and the type served the USAF from 1954 until 1971 though was retained by the Air National Guard until 1979. The F-100 also flew with the air forces of Denmark, France Turkey, and Taiwan.

 

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