Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
North American F-100D "Super Sabre"
Developed as a follow-on to the F-86 Sabrejet used in the Korean Conflict, the F-100 was the world's first production airplane capable of flying faster than the speed of sound in level flight (760 mph). The prototype, the YF-100A, made its first flight on May 25, 1953, at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Of the 2,294 F-100s built before production ended in 1959, 1,274 were F-100Ds, more than all other series combined. The F-100D, which made its first flight on January 24, 1956, was the most advanced production version. Its features included the first autopilot designed for a supersonic jet and a low-altitude bombing system. The Super Sabre made its combat debut in Vietnam, where it was used extensively as a fighter-bomber in ground-support missions such as attacking bridges, road junctions, and troop concentrations.
The aircraft on display (S/N 55-3678) served primarily with the 49th Fighter-Bomber Wing, and the 20th and 48th Tactical Fighter Wings. This aircraft is dedicated to Colonel George "Bud" Day, Medal of Honor recipient.
Span: 38 ft. 10 in.
Length: 54 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 38,048 lbs. loaded
Armament: Four M-39 20mm cannon, two GAM-83A Bulldog missiles, four GAR-8 Sidewinder missiles, rockets, special stores, and/or a maximum of 7,040 lbs. of bombs
Engine: One Pratt & Whitney J-57 of 16,000 lbs. thrust with afterburner
Maximum speed: 926.6 mph
Cruising speed: 590 mph
Range: 1,970.5 miles
Service ceiling: 55,000 ft.
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
Erected by United States Air Force.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Cold • War, Vietnam.
Location. 32° 22.988′ N, 86° 20.716′ W. Marker is in Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Chennault Circle east of Twining Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is in the Maxwell Air Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Republic F-105D "Thunderchief" (a few steps from this marker); 1Lt Karl W. Richter (a few steps from this marker); McDonnell Douglas F-4D "Phantom II" (a few steps from this marker); McDonnell RF-101C "Voodoo" (a few steps from this marker); Monument to Powered Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); North American F-86A "Sabre" (within shouting distance of this marker); British and Commonwealth Pilots Trained in the U.S.A. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boeing B-52D "Stratofortress" (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maxwell Air Force Base.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 571 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2, 3. submitted on April 20, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.