An evolution of the F-86 Sabre, the F-100 was the first American military aircraft that could break the sound barrier in level flight. With its first flight in 1953, it launched the so-called "Century Series" of jets. Unfortunately, as experience with supersonic flight was still low in the early 1950s, the plane suffered from "inertia coupling" at high speeds which could cause the pilot to quickly lose control of the plane during maneuvers. Modifications were eventually made, but the plane retained a relatively high accident rate. Slated to be retired in 1960, the needs of the Vietnam war kept the Super Sabre in service, and it saw extensive action there. The plane was in use with Air National Guard units in the US through 1979.
The F-100 seen flying over a beautiful, snowy mountain range in this pre-Vietnam scene is "Triple Zilch," flown by Captain Raymond Toliver in 1958. The plane's nickname comes from its "FW-000" numbering. Toliver was a squadron commander during WWII, was stationed in Japan following the war, and after his retirement authored a number of books on famous warplane pilots.
This original painting is acrylic on heavy art board. The board measures 54cm x 39cm, and the painted area is approximately 45cm x 34cm.