F-100 Super Sabre
The mighty "Hun"

    I will not try and post a detailed history of the Hun (too many others have done that better), but will post photos with limited text.  Most photos are museum survivors, with a few additional aircraft in storage.  As time goes by I will add details and more photos.  Some of that will depend on digitizing old photos and shooting new ones.  In the meantime please enjoy!

    The second YF-100A (52-5755) is on display in the "Century Circle" just outside the main gate at Edwards AFB.  This photo was taken late in the day 4 November, 2012.
    On display at Lackland AFB is this very early F-100A (52-5759), photographed in September, 2000.

    52-5773 is another F-100A, this one being displayed outside the Confederate, er, sorry, the "Commemorative" Air Force" in Midland, TX in September, 2007.  Note that all of these aircraft are missing the nose probes.  That seems to be rather common with Huns on outdoor display.

F-100A 53-1533 Melrose, NM

F-100A 53-1600 Tucumcari, NM

    Photographed on September 23, 2011 F-100A 53-1533 is painted in the markings of the 27th Tactical Fighter Wing and displayed in Melrose, New Mexico.  The 27th flew F-100D and F-100F versions of the Hun, not F-100A models.

    F-100A 53-1600 is on display in Tucumcari, NM.  Photographed the same day as 1533, it is not in nearly the same condition.

    The Grissom Air Museum has F-100C 53-1712 on display in what appear to be spurious 323rd Fighter Bomber Wing markings.  This aircraft was with NACA from September, 1956 until March, 1957 and according to the museum's website: "
The last pilot to fly our aircraft was Neil Armstrong who ferried JF-100C Serial No. 53-1712 to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ, for storage following the completion of inertial roll coupling flight research earlier that month."

    This F-100C (53-1716) was displayed at Luke AFB in 1982 as a Skyblazers member (54-2009).  By 2005 she was repainted in a drab SEA scheme and carried 58th TFTW markings.

      The 188th TFS, New Mexico Air National Guard, was one of the last units to fly the F-100C, converting to the A-7D in 1973. F-100C 54-1752 as it appeared at MASDC in 1979 with the "Tacos" wheeled road runner on the tail.  This aircraft was later repainted as "54-1753" in the markings of the 322nd Fighter Day Group before being placed on display at Dyess AFB.  The two middle photos of her were taken in August, 2001 and the last one in May, 2010.
   Many of the aircraft on display at Dyess were repainted, or touched up for the open house in 2010.

    The actual "753" as displayed at the National Museum of  the United States Air Force (NMUSAF). This aircraft was christened the "Susan Constant" while with the 322nd Fighter Day Group, Foster AFB, Texas.  This aircraft has left the Air Force Museum and by 2004 was on display at the Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham, Alabama where unfortunately this colorful scheme has deteriorated considerably.

    Good Huns gone bad...  F-100C 54-1803, MASDC 1979.  In happier days, she had  served with the NM ANG.  Sometime after this she was exported to Turkey where supposedly she is on display at


    F-100C 54-1823 was christened "Discovery" when assigned to the 322nd FDG and carried that name with the Arizona ANG (152nd TFS) when retired and for many years on display.  In 2008 she was repainted in the markings of the 58th TFTW.

    During 1959 the Thunderbirds made a Far-East tour.  Several F-100s from the 18th TFW  where chosen to be the aircraft used.  F-100D  54-2299 was one of them.  That Hun is now displayed in the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in Palmdale, CA.  She looks pretty attractive in these photos taken in November 2012.

    A popular scheme for preserved Huns is in Thunderbird markings, even though most F-100s painted that way never flew with the team.  It is still a good looking scheme and 55-3503 at the Pueblo Air Museum looks good in the red, white and blue of a partial T-Bird scheme.

    The F-100D displayed at the NMUSAF was assigned to the Thunderbirds and probably carries the most accurate markings of anf Hun in T-bird markings.  55-3754 was flown by the 175th TFS , SD-ANG until retirement in 1977.  She was restored in her Thunderbird markings at Nellis AFB and flown to the museum for display.

     F-100D 56-2912 (Left) as she appeared in 182nd TFS (TX ANG) markings when photographed at MASDC in 1979, when she was being removed from storage for conversion to a QF-100.  In  October 1982 she was at Tyndall AFB (center).  By 1984 912 was based at Holloman AFB. (Bobby Porter)

    F-100D 55-3665 of the 182nd TFS (TX-ANG) at MASDC in October, 1979.  

    The 118th TFS, Connecticut ANG repainted the tan in the camo to form a bird's head as a unique marking.  The F-100D (55-3665) has a more elaborate blue eyed bird, while the F-100F (56-3801)  is slightly more plain.

    F-100D 55-2809, ex 175th TFS, SD ANG, on display at the 1982 Davis Monthan open house..  This aircraft was being "prepped" for QF-100 conversion.
    F-100D 56-2826, 113th TFS, Indiana ANG, MASDC 1979.

    F-100D 56-2827 184th TFS Arkansas ANG. MASDC 1979.
    F100D 56-2920 107th TFS, Michigan ANG. MASDC 1979.



     F-100D 56-2978, 182nd TFS, TX ANG.  This aircraft had been "Spraylated" and is now being prepared to go into the QF-100 program..  MASDC 1982.
    F-100D 56-3000 of the 182nd TFS, TX ANG.  This bird had carried colorful markings as "Triple Zilch" with the 20th TFW during the 1960s.  Her last  station was Kelly AFB, where she is shown in May, 1980
...and again in 1982.


      F100D 56-3093 128th TFS, Georgia ANG.   An inscription on the nose of 093 reads "X THUNDERBIRD NO. 1", but in actuality it never served with the Thunderbirds.  At some point the tail was damaged and replace with the tail of  a former T-Bird number one aircraft.  The green bird on the nose is a 49th FIS zap.  She was also zapped by 434 Squadron as well.

    Another F-100 that has travelled after retirement is 56-3154.  Having served with the 182nd TFS she was placed on display at the Southwest Aerospace Museum outside of Carswell AFB in Fort Worth.  When that museum closed she was loaned to the Lonestar Air Museum in Galveston, Texas.  The photo to the left was taken at the old location in March, 1988 and the second at the new location in December, 1999.

    The Wings Over The Rockies air museum has 56-3417 displayed in 354th TFW markings.  A very nice looking restoration that is only missing the afterburner petals to be complete. The display has been added to as time has gone by.  In the two photos on the left taken in August, 2008 is a B43 thermonuclear bomb (displayed beneath the aircraft), one of the nukes the F-100 carried during the Cold War.  The next photo, taken in September, 2010, the nuke has been moved, drop tanks added and the nose cowling opened.
    Displayed near this Super Sabre is a metal model of an F-100 built by the Colorado Air National Guard.

    During the Viet Nam War the F-100F was selected for Forward Air Control role and several were converted for the Misty FAC mission, 56-3837 among them.  The aircraft was assigned to the 37th TFW and is now on display at the NMUSAF.

    The Hun was reaching the end of its service life with the Air National Guard when 56-3840 was photographed at Luke AFB in September, 1979.  This F-100F was proudly serving with the 113th TFS (Indiana ANG) at the time, but in a short while would be retired to MASDC.
     In this May, 2008 photo 56-3982 has been nicely restored and is on display at the Big Spring, TX airport.  This is the location of the former Webb AFB which closed in 1977.
    In contrast is 56-3855, an incomplete example on display at the Las Cruces International Airport (LRU) outside of Las Cruces, NM.  By April, 2010 this airframe had been moved to the Oakes Municipal Airport at Oakes, North Dakota.

    The ultimate Warbird... F-100F 56-3844 (N26AZ), painted in the markings of the 188th FIS, NM ANG.  This Hun is based at the El Paso International Airport.  (Photo: Jack Callaway)  3844 has later repainted in Thunderbird markings as in this 2005 photo.  In 2011 she was sold to the Collins Foundations and is sometimes flown at airshows.

    Another Hun on the civil registry is this F-100F, 56-3948.  The first photo shows her at Mojave, California in 1989 after importation for the QF-100 program.  She was not converted and was later sold on the civilian market.  The second photo was taken by Jack Callaway at the El Paso International Airport in March, 1999.  She still carries the registraion of N2011V.

    The same F-100F one year apart:  56-3904 at Holloman AFB in October, 1991 while part of the QF-100 program and a year later at Holloman while flying with the U.S. Army for use in missile development.

    56-3905 was another two seat Hun operated by the Army, photographed at Holloman in October, 1993.  After the end of the F-100 drone program some airframes became display aircraft. 

    This two seater (56-3812) is displayed in Duncan, AZ.

    Flight Systems inc operated several F-100s for target duties.  F-100F 56-3971 (N419FS) was photographed in formation with a Flight Systems F-86F (N89FS) at Holloman AFB in October, 1988 and again on the ground in October, 1995.

    F-100C 54-1951 of the 4758th Defense Systems Evaluation Squadron over Southern New Mexico.  The 4758th DSES flew F-100Cs and Fs (along with B-57s) from Biggs AFB until 1966.  The Huns were a common site in the skies over El Paso during that time and flew over my house when I was a small child.  One of my earliest airshow memories is of my brother threatening to stuff me into the intake of a Hun.  (USAF)

What started as the F-100B, became the F-107A.

     F-107A 55-5118 at the Pima Air & Space Museum and   55-5119 at the United States Air Force Museum.
Three aircraft were built, but 55-5120 was destroyed during testing.

      During the time frame that many of these photos were taken, the storage facility at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, was referred to as the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center (or MASDC).  Sometime in the 1980s the name became the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC).  More recently it has changed to 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group  (AMARG).  This is what many people call "the Boneyard".  The photos on this page and others that show MASDC in the caption were taken there.

There are more F-100 photos posted on Photobucket, including some details.


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