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Super Sabre Jet at the Museum of Aviation

Here at the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia is an older Air Force jet called the F-100D Super Sabre. This was the first jet plane in the Air Force that could routinely fly greater than the speed of sound in level flight.  Its top speed was 925 mph. It was made by the North American Aviation Company from 1954-1971 and then flew up until 1979 with the Air National Guard. It flew many support missions during the Vietnam war. I remember growing up living on Air Force bases in the United States and Europe and seeing these futuristic jets with their distinctive single intake cowlings painted many different ways and the long stick like proboscis. It was a swept wings and tail fighter that had four 20 mm cannons and could carry nuclear bombs and many missiles including the Sidewinder. I even remember plastic models of this plane being sold for kids.

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