• Short Summary

    The F-100 "Supersabre"
    has retired from the war. For past six years U. S. Air Force?

  • Description

    The film shows F-100s in various
    phases of readiness for the return trip to the U. S. The strike scenes were
    taken from stock footage of earlier missions.

    F-100's on airstrip and ordnance being loaded
    11 ft

    Pilots receiving briefing
    16 ft

    on bombing and strafing missions
    55 ft

    landing and taxiing
    75 ft

    F-100's being serviced
    for return to the U. S.
    105 ft

    Equipment and
    personnel boarding C-141 for return to U. S.
    116 ft

    C-141 takeoff
    122 ft

    F-100's take off
    142 ft

    F-100's being refueled in flight
    148 ft


    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The F-100 "Supersabre"
    has retired from the war. For past six years U. S. Air Force F-100 Supersabres
    have been engaged in interdiction and close support missions in Southeast Asia.

    The 35th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) with four assigned Tactical Fighter
    Squadrons containing the last F-100's in Southeast Asia commenced standdown on
    25 June in preparation for the Wing's inactivation, scheduled for the latter
    part of July. All F-100's assigned to the wing will redeploy during July to the
    United States. Inactivation of the wing will result in a reduction of
    approximately 1700 Air Force spaces in the Republic of Vietnam.

    At one time there were 15 F-100 squadrons in Vietnam, including four Air
    National Guard units. Now the last F-100 unit in Southeast Asia, the 35th TFW is
    coming home from its base at Phan Rang. Since its arrival in Vietnam in 1966,
    the 35 TFW has taken part in every major campaign, flown over 214, 850 combat
    sorties and been awarded three Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, the Vietnamese
    Gallantry Cross with Palm and the Daedalian Maintenance Award for 1968.

    The wing's F-100s will be assigned to USAF Air National Guard Units. Prior to
    their departure from Vietnam, the aircraft were completely gone over, repainted
    and put in top condition.

    The 35th TFW itself will be inactivated. Two of its squadrons, the 352nd and the
    615th will inactivate with the wing while the remaining two squadrons, the 612th
    and 614th will transfer their designations to other USAF units.

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