The jet was installed at Bonsall Park in 1973. In 1971 it had been removed from active use by the Air Force and placed into the National Museum of the United States Air Force Static Display Program. In 2011 it received a complete facelift that involved removing the old paint and finish and applying a new high-tech paint and updated identification.
Highlights of the F-100 Super Sabre
- The F-100 officially entered USAF service on September 27, 1954, with 479th Fighter Wing at George Air Force Base, California
- On September 4, 1955, an F-100 won the Bendix Trophy, covering 2,235 miles at an average speed of 610.726 mph.
- The first F-100D flew on January 24, 1956, piloted by Daniel Darnell.
- On December 26, 1956, two F-100Ds became the first-ever aircraft to successfully perform buddy refueling.
- On May 13, 1957, three F-100’s set a new world distance record for single-engine aircraft by covering the 6,710 mile distance from London to Los Angeles in 14 hours and 4 minutes. The flight was accomplished using in-flight refueling.
- On August 7, 1959, two F-100Fs became the first-ever jet fighters to fly over the North Pole.
- In Foreign Service, Royal Danish Air Force and Turkish Air Force F-100s soldiered on until 1982.
Jet Maintenance Funding
Help support the upkeep and maintenance of this important
military icon. A special fund has
been established dedicated to preserve and maintain the jet for
future generations to enjoy
To make a donation, please contact Michelle Yates at 623-930-2044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2011 Rededication Pin!
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the F-100D Super Sabre LA-54 281