F-100D Thunderbirds








F-100D Thunderbirds
Major Neil Eddins, 1967
 
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General Background
The North American F-100 Supersabre served the USAF from 1954 to 1971 and the ANG until 1979. The F-100 commonly referred to as the “Hun”, a shortened version of “one hundred” was the first US fighter capable of attaining supersonic speed in level flight. The Hun was used extensively as close-air-support in South Vietnam.

The Aircraft
In early 1964, the Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team began replacing their F-100Cs with Republic F-105 Thunderchiefs. This turned out to have been a mistake. A major F-105 flying accident in May of that year caused the USAF to decide to re-equip the Thunderbirds with eight F-100Ds modified for demonstration purposes. The USAF Thunderbirds flight demonstration team operated F-100Ds from July of 1964 until November of 1968, when they started to convert to the F-4E Phantom.

Specifications:
Crew: 1

Dimensions:
Length: 50 ft (15.2 m)
Wingspan: 38 ft 9 in (11.81 m)
Height: 16 ft² 2¾ in (4.95 m)
Wing area: 400 ft² (37 m²)

Weight:
Empty weight: 21,000 lb (9,500 kg)
Loaded weight: 28,847 lb (13,085 kg)
Maximum take off weight: 34,832 lb (15,800 kg)

Engine Performance:
Powerplant: 1× Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21/21A turbojet
Dry thrust: 10,200 lbf (45 kN)
Thrust with afterburner: 16,000 lbf (71 kN)
Aspect ratio: 2 3.76
Drag area: 5.0 ft² (0.46 m²)
Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0130

Performance:
Maximum speed: 750 kn (864 mph, 1,390 km/h)
Range: 1,733 NM (1,995 mi, 3,210 km)
Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,000 m)
Rate of climb: 22,400 ft/min (114 m/s)
Wing loading: 72.1 lb/ft² (352 kg/m²)
Thrust/weight: 0.55
Lift-to-drag ratio: 13.9

Armament:
Guns: 4× 20 mm (0.787 in) M39 cannon
Missiles: 4× AIM-9 Sidewinder Missiles or GAM-83 Bullpup Missile
Bombs: 7,040 lb (3,190 kg) of weapons, including:
• Conventional bombs
• Mk. 7 nuclear bomb
• Mk. 28 nuclear bomb
• Mk. 38 nuclear bomb
• Mk. 43 nuclear bomb
• Mk. 57 nuclear bomb
• Mk. 61 nuclear bomb