North American YF-100A 'Super Sabre'
| Randy Brown, SMsgt, USAF, Ret|
Fort Worth, TX
| I was the NCOIC of the AR shop, (Aero-repair Heavy Maintenance), March 1986 to December 1987.
We mainly work on the WC-130's and the ABCCC 130's. I also had the unique opportunity to be in charge of the maintenance and care of all of Keesler AFB static display aircraft. They had all been neglected for years. At that time the YF100A was on display in front of one of the student barracks. It was painted SEA green camouflage. Over the years it had been trashed by the students and the environment. The reason that the students could get into it was because it was sitting on two brick stands similar to the wooden one that you see it on in the picture (approx. 5' 6"). All they had to do was jump up and knock out the exhaust plug and climb in. They used it to have relations with the girls, if you know what I mean.
We took it down by lowering the gear, jacking it up and then knocking down the bricks. We then towed it to the sheet metal shop and they started a long restoration. It wasn't until after I move on to a new assignment that they finished the repairs and put it up out on Highway 90. Sometime in 1989 in believe.
I do know that the higher-ups at Keesler were contacted by the Air Force Museum and told that they had done an inspection of all of the statics on the base and that if we didn't get them all back into the condition stipulated in the guidelines and the agreement, they were going to insist they all be returned to the museum for redistribution. So, my shop spent ALL of their spare time working on the statics. I don't remember how many there were but there were a bunch of them.
04/02/2006 @ 13:30 [ref: 13008]
| YF100A 52-5755 is no longer on display at Hwy 90 Biloxi Ms. The Aircraft was removed and taken to Keesler AFB and now sits on the North side parking ramp awaiting it fate. It will probably end up either in a museum or as junk as the weather has taken it's toll.
Also I sent you a picture of F100F 56-3837 you have it listed as 56-3897 under the NJ ANG how about correcting this. QF100F 56-3837 I also sent showing it in drone configuration you have it also shown as 56-3897 under the NJ ANG please correct this.
And up date on 56-3837 is that it is being prepared for shipment from Davis Monthan to the USAF Museum at Wright Patterson AFB OHio for complete restoration. It will probably go on display at Wright Patterson Museum in the spring of 2002 I would guess.
09/10/2001 @ 14:37 [ref: 3159]