F-100D S/Sabre 55-2817

Peter Hill, Aberdeenshire













Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: A formation of four U.S. Air Force North American F-100C Super Sabres (S/N 54-2105, 54-2102, 54-2107, 54-1796).


four sabres in flight.


Photo: U.S Air Force photo no. 060905-F-1234S-064 [Public Domain]






Aircraft Type and Background


USAF North American F-100D Super Sabre / 55-2817



(Fighter - Bomber)


Developed from the the North American F-86 Sabre, the F-100 Super Sabre1 was the first USAF jet to be able to fly faster than the speed of sound in level flight. A number of variants existed, and they were used between 1954 and 1971.


In addition to its nuclear bomb armament and four 20 mm cannons, the Super Sabre could be equipped to fire rockets and missiles, including the heat-seeking GAR-8 Sidewinder. [Boeing data]


The jet fighter was originally powered by a Pratt & Whitney J57-P-7 axial-flow engine. Later models of the F-100 were powered by a Pratt & Whitney J57-P-21A engine. Both were two-stage turbojet engines with afterburner, rated in the 10,000-pound thrust class. [Boeing data]


The F-100A entered service with the USAF in September 1954; being assigned to 479th Fighter Wing / Flying Training Group at George AFB, California.


However, earlier North American Aviation variants of the F-100 suffered from some very serious defects, including structural failure and instability problems leading to loss of control. A large number of F-100s were lost in accidents (rather than combat), and many pilots died in non-combat operations while flying the F-100 Super Sabre.



Footnote 1


North American F-100 Super Sabre: North American Aviation was later taken over by Boeing, who continued to produce later variants of the F-100 Super Sabre fighter.



BELOW: North American F-100D Cockpit


super sabre cockpit.


Photo: Original work of the US Federal Government. [Public Domain]






Aircraft Accident Details


This F-100 Super Sabre experienced engine failure while flying over northern Scotland. However, the pilot was able to eject successfully before the aircraft crashed on Peter Hill.






Aircraft Pilot Survivor


The U.S.A.F. pilot of this aircraft ejected safely. However, his name is not known.





Crash Site Photos


BELOW: The general debris field showing assorted small pieces of wreckage from the F-100D Super Sabre jet fighter.


general debris field.


Photo: © 2014 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Another view of the debris field as it was in 2014.


another view of debris field.


Photo: © 2014 Neil Daniel



BELOW: The debris field from a different angle, showing some larger wreckage sections.


some larger wreckage sections.


Photo: © 2014 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Some of the debris showing signs of fire damage.


fire damaged debris.


Photo: © 2014 Neil Daniel



BELOW: A casting from the F-100D Super Sabre.


metal casting from super sabre.


Photo: © 2014 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Closer view of casting from Super Sabre 55-2817, showing manufacturer's embossed stamps.


embossed stamps on casting.


Photo: © 2014 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Metal plates from the aircraft.


metal plates from aircraft.


Photo: © 2014 Neil Daniel








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Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 7 August 1969


Accident Site:

Peter Hill (617m)


Nearest road: B974. (Then, by unclassified roads and tracks.)


Region: Aberdeenshire


Nearest town or village:

Bridge of Dye

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(Glen Dye).


From Banchory, via B974 South to Bridge of Dye, or from A90 then North on B974 to Bridge of Dye


Nearest large towns:

Stonehaven (E) or Brechin (S)


OS Grid Ref. 44 590900


GPS Ref: N/A


Present Condition: Some small wreckage parts remain at the crash site.




Other air crash sites in this vicinity:


1) RAF Hawker Audax K7376  at  Hill of Edendocher.



2) RAF Miles Master T8684 at Hill of Edendocher.



3) RAF Miles Master AZ333 at Tipperweir (hill).



4) RAF Airspeed AS10 Oxford at Meluncart.





Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: 55-2817


Operator: RAF (Hosting USAF 493 TFS; 48 TFW Lakenheath)


Operating Station: RAF Lakenheath


Station Location: Lakenheath, Suffolk, England.


Current Station Status: Operational Military Air Station.


Current Station Name: RAF Lakenheath (Hosting USAF 48th Fighter Wing.)




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