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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.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 10668 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 10,668 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 640||< 540||< 610||> 300|
|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.
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.
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
|Not controllable|| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
| Not controllable
Auto control available
|Separate|| Not controllable
|II||New Boosters||Airframe||Offensive 20 mm||M64/2||AGM-12B Bullpup|
|IV||G-suit||Cover||New 20 mm cannons||M65||AIM-9E|
Pros and cons
- 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
- 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
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
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|F-4||F-4C Phantom II|
|F-80||F-80A-5 Shooting Star · F-80C-10 Shooting Star|
|F-84||F-84B-26 Thunderjet · F-84G-21-RE|
|F-86||F-86A-5 Sabre · F-86F-25 Sabre · F-86F-2 Sabre · F-86F-35 Sabre|
|F-89||F-89B · F-89D|
|F9F||F9F-2 Panther · F9F-5 Panther · F9F-8 Cougar|
|Other||P-59A · F3D-1 · F2H-2 Banshee · FJ-4B · FJ-4B VMF-232 · F-100D|
|B-57||B-57A Canberra · B-57B Canberra|