F-100 Maintenance in the 'Old Days'

By Tom Suglio

The following information is what I remember about maintaining the F-100C/D/F models we had at Luke AFB, Arizona. We had approximately 100 F-100s of all three models. I worked on F-100s from July 1966 till they were all sent to the Guard Units or Davis-Monthan AFB, about 1972, was the end of anymore F-100s assigned,. However, I continued working on F-100s that came through transit for the next few years.

It would be my assumption that the F-100 did not change from those days, this would include any F-100s built under license to NATO countries. The maintenance manuals should be the same as USAF. I doubt that aircraft of this era would have a lot of CSTO (Country Standard Technical Orders) changes, unless it had to do with flight operations.

The information I will be giving you is based on having de-briefed aircrews and having been a member of the flight control rigging team to keep our F-100s flying as designed. A lot of this information will not be found in any maintenance manuals, it came about by a lot of trial and errors, in some cases, even loss of an aircraft.

The F-100 is not one of the most forgiving airplanes that was ever developed, so with that said, anyone who bends wrenches on this aircraft has to have two things; 1 100% confidence and attention to detail as to what you are doing to this aircraft and what the result will be, and 2 always keep in the front of your mind that if you deviate from design specs, you are more than likely going to kill somebody. Again , this airplane is not forgiving.

Pilot reported flight control discrepancies:

Primary and Secondary Flight Controls: