The two seat F-100 "Super Sabre" fighter, built by North American, was the first operational aircraft capable of
flying faster than the speed of sound (760 mph) in level flight. It
made it's initial flight on May 25, 1953 and the first production
aircraft was completed in October 1953. North American built 2,294
F-100's before production ended in 1959. The F-100 was also used by the
French, Turkish, Danish and Taiwanese air forces.
Designed originally to destroy enemy aircraft in aerial combat, the
F-100 later became a fighter-bomber. It made its combat debut during the Vietnam conflict where it
was assigned the task of attacking such targets as bridges, river barges, road junctions, and areas being
used by infiltrating enemy soldiers.
The F-100C, which made its first flight in 1955, featured such advances as an in-flight refueling system,
provisions for extra fuel drop tanks and bombs under the wings and an improved electronic bombing
The F-100D, which made its first flight on Jan. 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.
Source and Link: U.S.A.F. Museum.
(Scale: 1/48, Length: 12.5", Wing Span: 10")