F-100 SUPER SABRE
The F-100 was the first fighter to attain level supersonic flight, achieving this on its maiden flight on 25 May1953. The aircraft’s claim to fame was as a superb close air support aircraft during the Vietnam conflict. The Museum’s F-100 (54-2613) was one of 68 aircraft given to the French Air Force under the Military Assistance Programme and was returned to United States control in 1977 and stored at RAF Sculthorpe. The Museum was informed that it was a suitable recipient to receive the aircraft in late 1978. Today the aircraft is dedicated to the US Air National Guard and is depicted as one flown by Capt. John M. Haley, 174th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Iowa Air National Guard, during the squadron’s tour in Vietnam.