The www.supersabre.com website is a project that is designed to honor the F-100 and the people who flew and maintained her. The best way to get that job done is to create a very personal history of the Hun, written by the people who had that all-important hands-on experience. You and the Hun deserve to be remembered in your own words and pictures.
I invite you to try the www.supersabre.com website's database component by clicking on its Database link you see on the left side of the home page, then try a search by contributor to see some examples of stories and pictures that were contributed by former F-100 pilots and Crew Chiefs. For example, you might look at some excellent material provided by contributors Ed Lloyd, Harold Beasley, Don Nichols, Lee Howard, Dick Roussell, Merrill McPeak, Jeff Button, Larry Brown, Bill Hurt, Pete Felts, Larry McCabe, or Albert Smith. (These names represent only a small sample of the many contributors who supplied superb stories and pictures.)
You can also do a search for aircraft after you click on the Database link you see on the left side of the home page. For example, try 56-3867, 55-2951, 56-3066, 56-3318, or 56-3189. (These serial numbers are only a small sample of F-100 pictures that are currently stored in the database. More are coming in each week.)
Try the Video Menu link you see on the left side of the home page to take a look at some short videos. For example, the first video you will see is a good example of an F-100D being launched from a building during the ZEL (Zero Launch) program. Or take a look at the "mini museum" by clicking on the F-100 Building link you see on the left side of the home page.
There are several other links you might want to try out on this www.supersabre.com website, too. For example, I recently added a Restorations link so you can take a look at F-100 parts and pieces that I’m building and/or restoring. For example, click on the Restorations link you see on the left side of the home page and then click on the 200-gallon tank link and scroll down to see a “better than new” 200 gallon drop tank in the very bright “Itazuke Express” colors. You can also click on the Restorations link and then on the Fuselage front section link to see the full-scale F-100 fuselage I am building.
Perhaps you might want to see how the gun blast panels are made … just click on the Restorations link you see on the left side of the home pageand then on the Gun Blast Panels link. Or you can take a look at some of my many 1/48 scale models by clicking on the Scale Models link you see on the left side of the home page.
Why are you an important part of this project? That is an easily answered question. The Super Sabre project will be successful if it taps into the very large reservoir of memories that former F-100 pilots and maintenance personnel have gathered during their service time with the Hun. Therefore, I hope that the database component of this project will reflect the project’s motto: " 100,000 pictures and 100,000 stories ." (Naturally, more is better ….)
Can I persuade you to write a story about yourself? When did you start flying the F-100? Where? What were your first impressions? How did those impressions change as you became more familiar with the airplane? What was a typical take-off like for you? How about a "day in the life" of an F-100 pilot? I'm sure there are many anecdotes that are perfect for this project.
To Crew Chiefs and Technicians ... or
anybody else who ever worked on an F-100:
Can I persuade you to write a story about yourself? When did you start working on the F-100? Where? What were your first impressions? How did those impressions change as you became more familiar with the airplane? What was a typical maintenance day like? What things stand out when you remember your work with the Hun? Any story about your experience with the F-100 is important. How about a "day in the life" of an F-100 Crew Chief? I'm sure there are many anecdotes that are perfect for this project.
Pictures liven up the stories, so if you have some personal photos for use in the database project I'd sure like to use them. (If you send digital images, the greater the dpi -- dots per inch -- count, the better.) If you want me to convert any of your pictures and/or slides to a digital format, I'll be glad to do it ... naturally, you get the originals back. All your contributions will be acknowledged on the www.supersabre.com website.
Many thanks again. I hope that you can help… your stories and pictures make this project possible. (And please try to convince others with F-100 experience to share their stories and pictures.)
P. S. If you use e-mail, please write F-100 Project in the subject line to make sure that I do not accidentally delete your very important message. (Like you, I get a lot of spam, so I tend to use use my "delete" key often.)
If you want to use e-mail to contact me, you can click on this firstname.lastname@example.org link, you can click on the Contact me link shown in the navigation frame on the left side of your screen, or you can click on the Contact me link in the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen.
All of your contributions will be gratefully acknowledged.