Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA2119 F-100D Super Sabre 0-63390, Turkish Air Force November 10, 1971 First Lieutenant GÜROL. Buy online at Flying Tigers.
The “D” variant was the ultimate version of the F-100 with 1,274 aircraft being produced. The production of the F-100 ended in August 1959. The F-100D arrived in Southeast Asia in 1962 with its primary mission being close air support and ground attack within South Vietnam. This role was eventually taken over by the A-7 Corsair II.
The aircraft became affectionately known as “The Hun”, short for “one HUNdred”. The last F-100 left Vietnam in July 1971 but not before 242 of these aircraft was lost. The “Hun” was eventually replaced by the F-4 Phantom II and the F-105 Thunderchief.
In the early 1950s Turkish Air Force (Türk Hava Kuvvetleri) began receiving F-100 Super Sabres and in 1972 when the USAF phased out their F-100 Super Sabres from their active service a large number of aircraft went to ANG units, Denmark and Turkey. Over the years the Turkish Air Force (Türk Hava Kuvvetleri) received approximately 206 F-100D and F variants. In 1974 the Turkish F-100s saw heavy use during the conflict between Turkey and Greece over the ownership of Cyprus. The last Turkish F-100D was retired in 1982. This F-100D is ex-USAF 401ST TFW, # 56-3390 / 0-63390 .
F-100D Super Sabre
113. Filo “Pirates”, Turkish Air Force
Lt. Azmi GÜROL
10th November 1971, Malatya – Erhaç AB
In the early 70s, First Lieutenant Azmi GÜROL was an F-100D pilot in the Turkish Air Force 7th Main Jet Base, 113. Filo “Pirates”(In 1972 was changed to 171. filo.) In Malatya Erhaç.
On November 10th, 1971 First Lieutenant GÜROL took-off as formation leader for shooting practice. He flew F-100D 56-3390. The first shot hit the targets. After the second shot the plane malfunctioned while conducting a standard reverse maneuver. First Lieutenant GÜROL heard heavy scrapings and noise and started to do emergency landing procedures. On final approach while the landing gear was opening, a second explosion was heard. His aircraft was out of control. First Lieutenant GÜROL ejected and landed safely but 56-3390 crashed and burned. In 1988, Azmi GÜROL retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel and then he flew as captain pilot on Turkish Airlines. In 2006, Azmi Gürol passed away in age 61.