North American F-100C Super Sabre

A picture of the North American F-100C Super Sabre

Developed as a fighter-bomber from the F-100A, the F-100C prototype first flew in March 1954.  A long list of improvements included greatly increased fuel capacity, in-flight refueling, six hard points under the wings for carrying bombs or drop tanks, and the Low Altitude Bombing System (LABS) which allowed the aircraft to carry and deliver nuclear weapons.  Over four hundred and seventy “C” models were built.  Super Sabres flew extensively in Vietnam and continued in Air National Guard service until 1979.  Many F-100s were converted to QF-100 drones for use as remotely piloted targets.

Service History

Built by North American Aviation, Inglewood, California and delivered to the USAF on November 10, 1955.

November 1955          322nd Fighter-Day Group, Foster AFB, Texas with deployments to Landstuhl AB, Germany and Wendover AFB, Utah.

September 1957          450th Fighter-Day Wing, Foster AFB, Texas.

May 1958                    To North American Aviation, Inglewood, California.

October 1959              4520th Combat Crew Training Wing, Nellis AFB, Nevada with deployment to Luke AFB, Arizona.


38 ft 9 in.


47 ft 5 in.


16 ft 2 in.


35,618 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

822 MPH

Service Ceiling

46,900 ft


1,451 miles


One Pratt & Whitney J57-P-39 with 14,800 pounds of thrust



North American

4510th Combat Crew Training Wing, Luke, AFB, Arizona, 1968


Serial Number

January 1963               To North American Aviation.

April 1963                   4510th Combat Crew Training Wing, Luke AFB, Arizona.

June 1964                    184th Tactical Fighter Group, Kansas Air National Guard, McConnell AFB, Kansas with deployment to Cannon AFB, New Mexico.

July 1968                    4510th Combat Crew Training Wing, Luke AFB, Arizona.

February 1969             354th Tactical Fighter wing, Kunsan Air Base, Korea.

June 1969                    121st Tactical fighter Group Ohio Air National Guard, Lockbourne AFB, Ohio.

July 1969                    162nd Tactical Fighter Group, Arizona Air National Guard, Tucson International Airport, Arizona.

May 1972                    To Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona for storage.

September 1973          Dropped form USAF inventory.

May 1976                    Loaned to Pima Air & Space Museum by the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

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