North American F-100D Super Sabre (41871 / FW-871) as used by the US Air Force at the Military Aviation Museum, Kamp Zeist (the Netherlands)
The North American F-100 Super Sabre was an American supersonic jet fighter aircraft that served with the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1954 to 1971 and with the Air National Guard (ANG) until 1979. The first of the Century Series collection of USAF jet fighters, it was the first USAF fighter capable of supersonic speed in level flight. The F-100 was originally designed by North American Aviation as a higher performance follow-on to the F-86 Sabre air superiority fighter. Adapted as a fighter bomber, the F-100 was supplanted by the Mach two class F-105 Thunderchief for strike missions over North Vietnam. The F-100 flew extensively over South Vietnam as the air force's primary close air support jet until being replaced by the more efficient subsonic LTV A-7 Corsair II. The F-100 also served in other NATO air forces and with other United States allies. In its later life, it was often referred to as the "Hun", a shortened version of "one hundred". The F-100D is a single-seat fighter-bomber with more advanced avionics, larger wing and tail fin and landing flaps. Its first flight was on 24 January 1956 and 1274 where built.
This North American F-100D Super Sabre has a fake United States Air Force (USAF) registration 41871 (54-1871) and FW-871;
its previous identities include: 54-2265 (United States Air Force) and 42265 (French Air Force)
It started in the United States Air Force (USAF) but was moved to the French Air Force as 42265. On 30 March 1976 it flew from Châteaudun Air Base in France to the RAF Wethersfield Air Base in the United Kingdom, where it was returned to the USAF. It was repainted in USAF markings and became a gate guardian at the RAF Wethersfield Air Base. On 20 January 1988 it was airlifted to the RAF Bentwaters Air Base in the United Kingdom and was destined for AMARC (Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center), to be held in storage on behalf of the USAFM (United States Air Force Museum). However in 1996 it was moved to the Military Aviation Museum (MLM) in the Netherlands. Where it received a new painting schema, as it flew from 1956 until 1960 with the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron of the US Air Force in Europe (USAFE) based at Soesterberg Air Base.