Fonthill Media | The F-100 Units of USAFE

Reviewed by Kevin Williams

Publisher: Fonthill Media
Author(s): Doug Gordon
Publishing date: 2023
ISBN: 978-1-78155-910-9 (Hardcover)
Pages: 208

Fonthill Media was previously an unknown entity to me, but my first impressions are very favorable indeed.

I've been a longtime fan of the F-100, and for that matter the entire Century series of jets, so this book seemed a natural for me to take a look-see. Used initially as a high speed interceptor, it soon became apparent that the Super Sabre had other uses as well, from level bomber to close air support and even as a Wild Weasel (SAM suppression) aircraft. The fact that the MOANG (Missouri Air National Guard) also flew them around here in St Louis when I was a young man, is just icing on the cake for me. Nothing quite like a few Super Sabres passing over the house, all bedecked in their cool SEA schemes.

This book obviously places much emphasis on F-100s specifically flown by the USAFE (US Air Force Europe), and as such covers the aircraft in that theater quite well, though the Super Sabres flown by several other nations also get some minor coverage as well.

The Super Sabre was much appreciated by the grunts in the Vietnam war, as it's excellent close air capabilities were well needed and used.

Numerous publications have been produced over the years dealing with the excellent North American designed and built F-100 Super Sabre, and this volume adds quite nicely to that body of work.

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Lots of data is offered up here; from initial design concepts and philosophy through final manufacturing methods and derivatives. All in all, the Super Sabres have served this nation well, being flown by the US Air Force to great effect, delivering performance and firepower where needed.

For those of us with a taste for larger scale aircraft models, the Trumpeter kit is still the best bet, and although not perfect, can, with a little help, be built into quite an impressive display.

For those with a passion for the venerable F-100, I can highly recommend this volume. Buy a copy, you will not be disappointed.


On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this book as a solid 10, no question about it. Topping out at a very respectable 208 pages of fascinating F-100 data and photos, it is highly recommended.

My review copy compliments of Casemate Publishers. Thanks a ton to Casemate, it's truly an outstanding reference book on this outstanding aircraft, really top-notch stuff.

© Kevin Williams 2024

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This review was published on Friday, April 19 2024; Last modified on Sunday, April 21 2024