North American F-100D Super Sabre – EC 4/11 “Jura” French Air Force 1978
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA2106: F-100D Super Sabre of EC 4/11 Jura, French Air Force. Production run of 911 models, of which very few came to the UK. Boxes not 100% perfect but models are new.
Length 7.75 inches Wingspan 6.5 inches
In 1973 the French Air Force created the squadron EC 4/11 “Jura” equipped with 12 F-100Ds. They were based near the Red Sea at Air Base 188, in the French protectorate of Djibouti. On May 24,1978 Jura’s F-100Ds had flown 100,000 hours so to commemorate this an aircraft was painted with a shark’s mouth. It was so popular that the remaining 11 F-100Ds were given the same paint scheme and were referred to as the “Sharks of the Red Sea”. The F-100Ds were replaced by Mirage IIIs in 1978.
The North American F-100 Super Sabre served the USAF from 1954 to 1971 and the ANG until 1979. The F-100 commonly referred to as the “Hun”, a shortened version of “one hundred” was the first US fighter capable of attaining supersonic speed in level flight. The Hun was used extensively as close-air-support in South Vietnam. The F-100 suffered from landing gear and
brake parachute failures plus electrical problems. 500 of the 1,274 F- 100Ds that were built were lost mostly due to these failures.