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Old 18th Jan 2021, 20:25
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They visited Hurn on Maintenance. Would have been 1986 summer, one melted a van parked behind. Engineer accidentally hit reheat during a ground engine run. I was on my aerodrome course at the NATS air traffic college. Loud boom was heard one lunchtime and then flames. We thought something had crashed, airport fire service deployed, then the following day I was told what had happened.
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Old 19th Jan 2021, 19:44
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Originally Posted by pulse1 View Post
Those Tracor F100's seemed to get around. There was one in the FRA hangar at Bournemouth back in the early 80's.
There was a proposal to fit them with the Universal Drone Pack, I believe...
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Old 20th Jan 2021, 09:15
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The last time I saw the F-100 flying was an example from Tracor at Fairford, RIAT 1997. It was also the first time I saw a proper Eurofighter Typhoon or EF2000.

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Old 21st Jan 2021, 12:20
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Last one I saw was in Denmark late 70's during a Standards Nav Ex to Copenhagen in a Puma with Dick Langworthy as Captain.. we landed for fuel and taxied past one with the back end off having runs I think, lots of discussions as to what it was as the angle it was parked didn't help identify it.
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Old 21st Jan 2021, 15:20
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lots of discussions as to what it was
Mid 70s, AzANG operated two ex-Tbird F-100Fs for the Guard training school, both without guns, replaced with ballast and painted completely flat silver. For grins, took one thru NAS Lemoore one morning on an out and back from TUS with a student in training. Climbing down the ladder, the young wide-eyed Navy kid on the transient line crew asked me, "Is this a MiG?"

There was a wealthy dual-citizenship (So. Africa/US) guy who owned a flyable ex-Danish F-100F and kept it at El Paso Intl in 2003. Beautiful machine painted in Tbird display colors. Talked to his civvy crew chief at the time who said the guy's intent was to trade it in on a 2-seat F-106B. Right.

The rich guy also owned the only existing example of the old McDonnell 4-engine biz-jet which competed for sales with the Lockheed Jetstar....and lost. Evidently, his intention at the time was to restore it to a reliably flyable condition for trips between the US and So Africa.
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Old 21st Jan 2021, 20:06
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The McDonnell 220 is still at El Paso - wish I'd known when I passed through there 20 years ago...
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