DescriptionThe North American F-100 Super Sabre was a supersonic jet fighter aircraft that served with the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1954 to 1971 and with the Air National Guard (ANG) until 1979. The first of the Century Series collection of USAF jet fighters, it was the first USAF fighter capable of supersonic speed in level flight. The F-100 was originally designed as a higher performance follow-on to the F-86 Sabre air superiority fighter. On 16 April 1961 six Super Sabres were deployed from Clark Air Base in the Philippines to Don Muang Airfield in Thailand for air defense purposes; the first F-100s to enter combat in Southeast Asia. From that date until their redeployment in 1971, the F-100s would be the longest serving US jet fighter bomber to fight in the Vietnam War. Serving as MIGCAP escorts for F-105 Thunderchiefs, MISTY FACs, and Wild Weasels over North Vietnam, and then relegated to close air support and ground attacks within South Vietnam. Shown here: Former Navy A-4 Pilot Dean 'Cutter' Cutshall's F-100 is a two-seat 'F' model similar to the one flown by Day in Vietnam. The first F-100s were built in the early 1950s and Cutshall's 'Hun' (nicknamed for Hundred) first flew on March 7, 1957. The Pratt & Whitney J-57 engine equipped with afterburner produces 10,200 lbs. of thrust and can push the supersonic jet up to speeds of 875 mph or mach 1.3. The F-100 can climb at a rate of 18,100 ft. per minute.