North American F-100D Super Sabre, Pilot Tube Cover

The F-100D was widely used in Vietnam. A typical mission found the F-100D approaching the target at very low altitude at approximately 500 mph. The pilot would then elevate the nose of the aircraft by using a 4G pull up. Partway into the "toss" maneuver, the computer would automatically release the bomb.

The F-100D was equipped with a Minneapolis-Honeywell MB-3 automatic pilot. This device provided the capability to allow the pilot to work with both hands on maps reading or weapons arming while the F-100D flew itself to the target. While flying in formation with other aircraft, the autopilot was not used. By the early 'sixties, the F-100D had been subjected to so many in-service modifications to correct its obvious deficiencies that no two F-100Ds were identical. Over five hundred were lost in accidents between mid-1956 and mid-1970, far more than were lost in combat in Vietnam.

Transferred from the USAF Michigan Air National Guard

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
North American Aircraft Company

Date
1956

Type
CRAFT-Aircraft Parts

Materials
Fabric
Dimensions
92.7 x 9.5cm (36 1/2 x 3 3/4 in.)

The F-100D was widely used in Vietnam. A typical mission found the F-100D approaching the target at very low altitude at approximately 500 mph. The pilot would then elevate the nose of the aircraft by using a 4G pull up. Partway into the "toss" maneuver, the computer would automatically release the bomb.

The F-100D was equipped with a Minneapolis-Honeywell MB-3 automatic pilot. This device provided the capability to allow the pilot to work with both hands on maps reading or weapons arming while the F-100D flew itself to the target. While flying in formation with other aircraft, the autopilot was not used. By the early 'sixties, the F-100D had been subjected to so many in-service modifications to correct its obvious deficiencies that no two F-100Ds were identical. Over five hundred were lost in accidents between mid-1956 and mid-1970, far more than were lost in combat in Vietnam.

Transferred from the USAF Michigan Air National Guard

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
North American Aircraft Company

Date
1956

Type
CRAFT-Aircraft Parts

Materials
Fabric
Dimensions
92.7 x 9.5cm (36 1/2 x 3 3/4 in.)

ID: A19781577022