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Edwards AFB in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

YF-100A “Super Sabre”

North American

 
 
YF-100A “Super Sabre” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 21, 2012
1. YF-100A “Super Sabre” Marker
Inscription. The F-100 was the USAF’s first operational aircraft capable of flying faster than the speed of sound (760 mph) in level flight. The prototype YF-100A made its initial flight on 25 May 1953 and the first production aircraft was completed on October 1953. Several world records for speed were set by F-100s flying from Edwards AFB. In October 1953, the prototype set a world speed record of 755 mph at low altitude and in 1955 an F-100C set a high altitude world speed record of 822.135 mph. Designed originally to destroy enemy aircraft in aerial combat, the F-100 later became a fighter-bomber. North American built 2, 294 F-100s before production ended in 1959. The USAF flew F-100s in Vietnam and many were flown by foreign Air Forces including Denmark, Taiwan and Turkey.

The YF100A was the second of two prototypes built, making its first flight in October 1953. It is the oldest Super Sabre in existence. The aircraft was on display on a pedestal at Keesler AFB, MS for over 35 years and was acquired by the AFFTC Museum in 2001. It was restored by the 412th Test Wing Surfaces Team in 2007.

On Loan from the National Museum of the USAF
 
Erected by Air Force Flight Test Museum.
 
Location. 34° 52.264′ N, 117° 59.465′ 
YF-100A “Super Sabre” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 21, 2012
2. YF-100A “Super Sabre” Marker
W. Marker is in Edwards AFB, California, in Kern County. Marker is on South Rosamond Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in Century Circle Air Force Flight Test Center just outside the West Main Gate Edwards AFB, Ca. Marker is in this post office area: Edwards CA 93524, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. F-101B • “Voodoo” (here, next to this marker); TF-102A • “Delta Dagger” (within shouting distance of this marker); F-104A • “Starfighter” (within shouting distance of this marker); F-106B • “Delta Dart” (within shouting distance of this marker); F-105D • “Thunderchief” (within shouting distance of this marker); YC-15 (within shouting distance of this marker); YA-10B Prototype number 73-1664 (approx. 4.9 miles away); NF-4C - "Phantom II" (approx. 4.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Edwards AFB.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMilitary
 
YF-100A “Super Sabre” and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 4, 2012
3. YF-100A “Super Sabre” and Marker
YF-100A “Super Sabre” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 4, 2012
4. YF-100A “Super Sabre” Marker
Century Circle Air Force Flight Test Center image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 4, 2012
5. Century Circle Air Force Flight Test Center
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 405 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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