The F-100A first took flight in 1953 and was the United States (US) Air Force’s first operational aircraft capable of flying faster than the speed of sound (760 mph) in level flight. It eventually set the world speed record in 1955. Originally developed as an air-superiority aircraft to replace the F-86, the F-100 evolved into an effective fighter-bomber and flew many ground-attack missions during the Vietnam War.
Serial Number: 52-5777
Manufacturer: North American Aviation
Engines: One Pratt & Whitney J57-P-7 turbojet; 14,800 pounds thrust with afterburner
Wingspan: 47 feet 1 1/4 inches
Length: 38 feet 9 inches
Height: 15 feet 8 inches
Weight: 18,185 pounds (empty); 24,996 pounds (maximum)
Speed: 760 mph at sea level (maximum); 852 mph at 35,000 feet
Range: 358 miles (normal); 1,294 miles (maximum)
Service Ceiling: 51,000 feet
Armament: Four Pontiac M-39 20mm cannon (200 rounds per gun); up to 1,000 pounds ordnance
Cost: $664,000 (approximate)
At the end of 1960, twenty aircraft were assigned to Hill Air Force Base, two of which were F-100s. The F-100A on display was manufactured in 1954 and served on several different bases in the US. In 1961, the aircraft was sent to Utah State University in Logan, Utah, for display and aircraft maintenance education. In 1981, the aircraft moved to Hill Air Force Base for eventual display. Four years later, this airframe was restored to resemble one of the flights-test F-100s once assigned to Hill Air Force Base and is now on display at Hill Aerospace Museum.