POSTED: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 8:10pm
UPDATED: Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 5:48pm
It was the first jet fighter to exceed the speed of sound in level flight…
It was in the Air Force inventory from 1954 to 1979, and spawned organizations of people who flew it, or just love it.
And it is coming to Gilmer…
The Flight of the Phoenix Museum has grown a lot in the last few years, and there is a new exihibit coming that in its day, was just a bit faster than this.
It is the F-100 Super Sabre, and soon, there will be five of them at the Museum…
“We got together and decided we’re going to get a bunch of F-100’s atogether and put them in Gilmer, Texas," says Anne Coleman of the Friends of the Super Sabre Group, who revere the old 'Hun." "Yes, I am a “Hun” daughter.”
Her dad was a Super Sabre pilot, in fact, the F-100 on display at the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler, was donated by her family, and is painted in her Dad’s colors.
Steve Dean is a former Air Force pilot, and Viet Nam vet, and after a luncheon with economic development representatives from the area, he told us about his plans…
“We were notified that our first airplane is ready, or being made ready in the boneyard in Tucson," says Dean. "And we have another airplane up at Shepherd Air force Base. Then the third airplance is over at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois. We’re looking forward to those three in the next 12 months, probably.”
From the Stearman biplane, to the AT-6 trainer, to the Cessna T-50 multi-engined trainer, the Flight of the Phoenix Museum has changed a lot.
But soon, it will become positively supersonic.
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