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F-100D Super Sabre
Unidentified: Unknown Crash Circumstances

F-100D Super Sabre - (photo courtesy of USAF)
We stumbled across this crash site while looking for a WWII T-6 Texan crash.  It was late in the day, so we had no chance to explore it thoroughly.  Thanks to Brad Gray for going out later and finding the impact site and main debris field. 

This F-100D Super Sabre is in the White Tanks NW of Luke AFB.  A few weeks later, we went back out to sniff around some more, and the pictures here are from that trip. 

We still have not identified this beautiful bird.  We found nothing but "223"-prefixed part numbers so we know it is an F-100D built 1954-to-1956.  (thanks very much to Craig Fuller's amazing Part # Reference available free at AAIR: http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/partmanu.htm).

WE NEED HELP IDENTIFYING THIS AIRCRAFT !

[as of March 2008, we have tentatively identified this wreck as F-100D serial 56-3139, crashed 29 July 1966, 12 miles West of Luke AFB in the White Tank Mountains.  Pilot Major Thomas B. Stables safely ejected.  On a functional check flight following an engine change out of Luke AFB, aircraft experienced loss of oil pressure and flame-out. Pilot bailed at approximately 11,000'.  Aircraft was completely destroyed.]

Thanks very much to Louie Alley at USAF Safety Center for helping us ID this one.

Fuel Quantity Gauge - surprisingly intact, F-100D crash, super saber crash, white tank mountains, F-100 crash site, Vietnam-era plane crash, century series jet crash, Arizona jet crash, Arizona plane crash
Fuel Gauge
We found this smoke grenade, and a second one, a short distance from the main crash site.  They were smaller than the regular Army M-18 smoke grenades as far as we could tell (possibly from a pilot's survival kit?). F-100D crash, super saber crash, white tank mountains, F-100 crash site, Vietnam-era plane crash, century series jet crash, Arizona jet crash, Arizona plane crash
Smoke grenade
20mm Cannon Breech, F-100D crash, super saber crash, white tank mountains, F-100 crash site, Vietnam-era plane crash, century series jet crash, Arizona jet crash, Arizona plane crash
Cannon
Pieces of panel, showing Boost Pump placards, F-100D crash, super saber crash, white tank mountains, F-100 crash site, Vietnam-era plane crash, century series jet crash, Arizona jet crash, Arizona plane crash
Panel
It's hard to read in this image, but the wording says "This Side Up" in very large letters, F-100D crash, super saber crash, white tank mountains, F-100 crash site, Vietnam-era plane crash, century series jet crash, Arizona jet crash, Arizona plane crash
"This Side Up"
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Take a look at this for us!
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Lots of parts scattered around
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Engine Parts
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More panels
754 in-flight, f-100 Super Sabre crash site in arizona
754 in-flight
We found two smoke grenades above the main crash area, both were smaller than the Army M-18 smoke grenades you usually see (possibly from a pilot's survival kit, but we’re not sure), F-100D crash, super saber crash, white tank mountains, F-100 crash site, Vietnam-era plane crash, century series jet crash, Arizona jet crash, Arizona plane crash
Another rusted-out smoke grenade
"223" tells you it's an F-100D, These parts helped identify her as a "D' model F-100, F-100D crash, super saber crash, white tank mountains, F-100 crash site, Vietnam-era plane crash, century series jet crash, Arizona jet crash, Arizona plane crash
These parts helped identify her as a "D' model F-100
Circuit Board - As they say, "a nice little pile of uselessness right now.", F-100D crash, super saber crash, white tank mountains, F-100 crash site, Vietnam-era plane crash, century series jet crash, Arizona jet crash, Arizona plane crash
Circuit Board
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