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Glendale AZ  85302
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F-100 super sabre jetF-100D Super Sabre
"The Hun" Jet

This Air Force jet is proudly displayed at Bonsall Park, 59th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. This very jet served at Luke Air Force Base from 1962-1969 where it was responsible for training young fighter pilots.

The jet at Bonsall Park was manufactured by North American Aviation in Inglewood, California, and delivered to the USAF August 1956. Its history is as follows:

  • August 1956: Sacramento Air Material Area at McClellan AFB in California
  • October 1956: 2723rd Air Base Squadron (Air Material Command) at Kisarazu Air Base in Japan
  • December 1956: 8th Fighter-Bomber Wing (Pacific Air Force) at Itazuke Air Base in Japan with deployments to Misawa Air Base and Kadena Air Base in Japan and Kunsan Air BAse in Korea
  • July 1958: 8th Tactical Fighter Wing (Pacific Air Force) at Itazuke Air Base in Japan with deployment to Osan Air Base in Korea
  • May 1959: 18th Tactical Fight Wing (Pacific Air Force) at Kadena Air Base in Japan with deployment to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii
  • December 1959: 4520th Combat Crew Training Wing (Tactical Air Command) at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada
  • September 1962: 4510th Combat Crew Training Wing (Tactical Air Command) at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona with deployment to England Air Foce Base in Louisiana
  • October 1969: 58th Tactical Fighter Training Wing (Tactical Air Command) at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona
  • April 1970: 114th Tactical Fighter Group (Air National Guard) at Sioux Falls municipal airport
  • November 1971: Dropped from inventory to museum status

bonsall park jet

The jet was installed at Bonsall Park in 1973. In 1971 it had been removed from active use by the Air Force and placed into the National Museum of the United States Air Force Static Display Program. In 2011 it received a complete facelift that involved removing the old paint and finish and applying a new high-tech paint and updated identification.

Highlights of the F-100 Super Sabre

  • The F-100 officially entered USAF service on September 27, 1954, with 479th Fighter Wing at George Air Force Base, California
  • On September 4, 1955, an F-100 won the Bendix Trophy, covering 2,235 miles at an average speed of 610.726 mph.
  • The first F-100D flew on January 24, 1956, piloted by Daniel Darnell.
  • On December 26, 1956, two F-100Ds became the first-ever aircraft to successfully perform buddy refueling.
  • On May 13, 1957, three F-100’s set a new world distance record for single-engine aircraft by covering the 6,710 mile distance from London to Los Angeles in 14 hours and 4 minutes. The flight was accomplished using in-flight refueling.
  • On August 7, 1959, two F-100Fs became the first-ever jet fighters to fly over the North Pole.
  • In Foreign Service, Royal Danish Air Force and Turkish Air Force F-100s soldiered on until 1982.
 

Jet Maintenance Funding

Help support the upkeep and maintenance of this important
military icon. A special fund has
been established dedicated to preserve and maintain the jet for
future generations to enjoy

To make a donation, please contact Michelle Yates at 623-930-2044 or email myates@glendaleaz.com.

Get Your Commemorative
2011 Rededication Pin!

For a donation of $5 or more,
you can receive this pin featuring
the F-100D Super Sabre LA-54 281

commemorative pin

Warren Rice with the F-100 Super Sabre

In December 2011, the jet received a facelift including new paint and identification numbers. Pilot Warren H. Rice attended the ceremony. He flew the very plane displayed at Bonsall Park and he loved flying it. He had over 200 missions with the F-100D during the Vietnam War.

 

 

 

 

Warren H. Rice with the plane he
flew during the Vietnam War.

 
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