the north american yf-100, the 60th anniversary of her first flight.

NA YF-100


Today is a milestone in aviation history with the first flight of North Americans YF-100 from Edwards Air Force Base…

The YF-100A first flew on 25 May 1953, seven months ahead of schedule. It reached Mach 1.05 in spite of being fitted with a de-rated XJ57-P-7 engine. The second prototype flew on 14 October 1953, followed by the first production F-100A on 9 October 1953. The USAF operational evaluation from November 1953 to December 1955 found the new fighter to have superior performance but declared it not ready for widescale deployment due to various deficiencies in the design.

A wicked looking fighter and this was one of my first model kits that I built as a kid.

5 Responses to “the north american yf-100, the 60th anniversary of her first flight.”

  1. May 26, 2013 at 1:10 am

    We just don’t make these kinds of engineering breakthroughs anymore….. :(

  2. May 26, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Ah, the Super Sabre. Sweet. (gotta love Wikipedia, it makes us sound smarter ;))

    I love jet designs from back then, they’re so sweet. They all had that aerodynamic, sleek look to them. Of course, that’s because they were breaking speed records with practically every jet that was invented back then. It’s definitely a great era for flight. :D

    So, do you think, when they got done with their flight, the pilots went to go see It Came From Outer Space? ;)

  3. May 27, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    The F-100 is my favorite century series fighter. The Kansas Air Guard flew huns back in the day. Gorgeous aircraft even 60 years later!

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