F-100D

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F-100D
f-100d.png
Cockpit
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
9.7/9.7/9.7BR
1 personCrew
9.6 tEmpty weight
16.7 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
14 700 mCeiling
sec24.0/24.0/0.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
Pratt & Whitney J57P21Engine
JetType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1 361 km/hStructural
447 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 х 20 mm M39A1 cannonWeapon 1
800 roundsAmmunition
1 500 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
6 х 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombSetup 1
10 х 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombSetup 2
8 х 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombSetup 3
4 х 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombSetup 4
76 х FFAR Mighty Mouse rocketsSetup 5
4 х 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
14 х FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 6
2 х AGM-12B Bullpup rocketsSetup 7
2 х AGM-12B Bullpup rockets
4 х 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 8
4 х AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missilesSetup 9
4 х AIM-9E Sidewinder air-to-air missilesSetup 10
Economy
390 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 010 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png16 010 / 21 037/12 140 / 15 951/3 370 / 4 428Repair
290 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 010 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 600 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.26 Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage F-100D.jpg


The F-100D is a rank VI American jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic" and was one of the first three jets to feature guided air-to-air missiles, the other two being the MiG-19PT and the Javelin F.(A.W.) Mk.9. The F‑100D is, as of 1.87, the top-rank aircraft in the American fighter line-up.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 10668 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
1,441 1,431 14 700 40.6 42.1 65.9 64.4 1,400
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 10,668 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ? 14 700  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
1 361 447 620 ~11 ~4.5
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 640 < 540 < 610 > 300
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
0 m 4205 kgf 6518 kgf

Survivability and armour

The F-100 has a strong fuselage, being able to take multiple hits and still return to base. The wings of the F-100, not so much. A wing hit can make it extremely hard to manoeuvre, and when the plane is turning, they are a huge target because of their large size. The engine can take a few hits, but the performance is reduced by a significant amount. Like most jets, you don't want to get hit in the rear.

Armour, on the other hand, is very limited to pilot protection, with a 64 mm bulletproof glass directly in front of the pilot, and a steel 12.7 mm plate behind the pilot.

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: M39A1 (20 mm)

The F-100D has four M39A1 20mm cannons with 800 rounds in total. These cannons are very effective, often causing critical hits with only a few bullets or outright shooting down the aircraft. In addition, they almost never overheat, so that combined with the high ammo count makes liberal usage of them preferred. Although other cannons do more damage, the high Rate-Of-Fire combined with the high velocity and large ammo count makes these guns very easy to use.

Suspended armament

The F-100D is an excellent Ground Attacker. It is capable of carrying up to 6,000 pounds of ordinance. It can carry a wide range of Rockets and Bombs, including AGMs. The cannons, although not the best, are decent at damaging and destroying lightly armoured tanks.

The AIM-9Es are also excellent at both tracking and getting the enemy to manoeuvre and bleed energy. The F-100 gets 4 missiles, something its rivals cannot get.

Usage in battles

The F-100D requires speed to work. The F-100 has some bad flying characteristics at low speeds, and that includes flying like a rock with wings. At high speeds, the F-100 is a breeze to fly because of its all-flying tail and boosted controls. It has a massive angle of attack, so once you get on someone's six, there's pretty much no escape. Best way to use the F-100D is to start climbing. 5,000 meters is usually a good altitude to climb to. Since you can outclimb most subsonic aircraft in the game, BnZ tactics should be used. Climb high, make a pass, then climb away. Be extremely careful to not bleed energy and don't turn when subsonic planes are around, they will be able to outmanoeuvre the F-100D.

Against the F-100's biggest foe, the MiG-19, turning isn't a bad idea if you keep your energy up. You bleed a lot of speed in a turn, so extreme pulls aren't recommended. The MiG-19 will rip easily at high speeds, something the F-100 doesn't have a problem with. However, the MiG-19 accelerates faster than the F-100D at all speeds and altitudes so it can slip away easily. In the best case scenario, bait the MiG-19 for a teammate, as the MiG-19 can't do much against two F-100s.

Overall to get this bus to perform, it must be at high speeds. Keep your energy up.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Auto control available
Not controllable
Auto control available
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Compressor M64 LAU-3A
II New Boosters Airframe Offensive 20 mm M64/2 AGM-12B Bullpup
III Wings repair Engine M117 AIM-9B
IV G-suit Cover New 20 mm cannons M65 AIM-9E

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Excellent guns that have both high muzzle velocity, rate of fire, plenty of ammo (200 RPG), and pack a good punch with high-explosive shells.
  • Can carry a wide array of suspended armaments of bombs, rockets and missiles.
  • Its air to air missiles(AIM-9B and E) have a longer reach than the missiles on the MiG-19PT
  • Fast and out-accelerates both MiG-15 and MiG-17's

Cons:

  • Thoroughly unmanoeuvrable at slow speeds, and does absolutely not lend itself to traditional turning dogfights
  • Suffers from severe lockup past the Mach 1 mark
  • Bleeds a lot of energy when trying to turn around at high speed
  • While fast, it still accelerates a lot slower than MiG-19PT

History

By the mid-50s, jet aircraft had become robust machines which had obtained sufficient combat experience for the next step into a fundamentally new age: the era of supersonic speed. Supersonic fighters were developed by both of the main opposing nations of the Cold War. In parallel with the development of the MIG-19 in the USSR, American aircraft designers were putting the finishing touches on their own design for a supersonic fighter. The F-100 Super Sabre entered serial production somewhat later than its Soviet counterpart, but it needed just as many improvements and upgrades.

The F-100’s main problems were its high failure rate and the shortcomings of its control systems. In addition, a fighter-bomber version was also being developed based on the Super Sabre: the F-100D, which featured an increased vertical and horizontal fin area and expanded capabilities with regard to suspended weaponry. In the end, it was the D version that became the most widespread modification of the single-seat Super Sabre thanks to its improved control and excellent combat abilities as either a fighter-bomber or pure fighter. In terms of suspended weaponry, the F-100D was able to carry over twenty extremely varied weapon load-outs, from traditional high-explosive bombs and rockets to air-to-air rockets and nuclear bombs.

- From Devblog

Media

An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


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