A vintage Sioux City jet was repainted to its previous Vietnam Era glory to be displayed in D.C.

The F-100 is set to be displayed in Washington D.C.

Sioux City, Iowa - A vintage Sioux City aircraft recently got a bit of a face-lift from the Iowa Air National Guard. It's been newly painted to look like an F-100 flown in the Vietnam War. This plane didn't see any battle action per say, but it did see simulations.

This is an F-100 Super Saber jet that has been refurbished to look like one of the F-100's that flew Misty Missions in the Vietnam war.

"This plane was used as a fast-forward air controller. What they would do is fly low and fast, get the bad guys to shoot at them, and mark the targets. Then they would call in bombing strikes to get the bad guys," says David Miller, Paint Facility Manager.

Although this jet looks ready to go, the inside of the plane has been gutted. The body of the plane was repainted to resemble the original camouflage coloring of Vietnam Era. Details on the plane display the original Sioux City numbers and actual names of the captains who flew the F-100's on the Misty Missions.

"It was for the Misty that they flew in Vietnam. That's why the tail is 'HE' and that's why you see the blue names next to the canopies of actual Misty pilots that flew the Misty Missions in Vietnam," says David Miller, the Paint Facility Manager.

The names and numbers aren't the only interesting tidbits of this F-100.

"It was designed as a slick-wing fighter like this to go supersonic and it was just the new technology at the time that allowed it," says Scott Plambeck, Vice Wing Commander at the 185 Air Refueling Wing.

The F-100 jets were the first planes with the ability to go travel faster than the speed of sound.

The Iowa Air National Guard paint facility has painted over 650 planes since 2000. It took them only two weeks to rebuild and paint this plane to it's completion.
 


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