The F-100 Units of USAFE

Author(s): Doug Gordon 

ISBN: 9781781559109
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From the height of the Cold War, this is the story of the iconic F-100 Super Sabre and its pilots—the young men responsible for flying nuclear missions into the Soviet Union.
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  • Explores in depth the collective mindset of the F-100 pilots who knew they had little or no hope of survival if called upon to carry out their mission

  • Includes a detailed analysis of the F-100 Super Sabre units’ role in USAFE, placing the human story of the pilots in its political and military context

  • Illustrated with over 275 rare photographs, many previously unpublished

    The North American F-100 Super Sabre served with the United States Air Forces in Europe for a total of sixteen years at the height of the Cold War.

    The primary mission of the USAFE units that flew the ‘Hun’ was the delivery of tactical nuclear weapons on targets in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The nuclear mission was practised on the gunnery ranges of Europe, the Mediterranean region, and North Africa.

    The pilots, called bomb commanders, sat alert all over Europe to take off at a moment’s notice and fly alone into the heart of enemy territory carrying just one atomic bomb often more powerful than those dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the Second World War.

    These dedicated pilots acknowledged that many of their targets were situated so far away that there would be no prospect of return to their home base and their families and friends.

    The secondary mission of the USAFE F-100 units was to prepare for conventional war. Illustrated with over 275 images, Gordon’s detailed analysis of the F-100 Super Sabre units’ role in the USAFE is vital for all readers interested in the history of this significant aircraft.

    Drawing on the private correspondence of the pilots, this book offers a unique and fascinating insight into the reality of the Cold War for those at its sharp end.

    BOOK ISBN 9781781559109
    FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
    BINDING Hardback with dust jacket (thread sewn)
    PAGES 256 pages
    PUBLICATION DATE 30 November 2023
    ILLUSTRATIONS 120 black-and-white and 155 colour images



    Doug Gordon was born in Orford, Suffolk, and spent his early childhood within sight and sound of the USAF base at RAF Bentwaters. Regular attendance at USAF open houses engendered a passion for aircraft. These early experiences and a move to Farnborough in the early 1960s, with visits to Farnborough air shows, created a foundation for an abiding interest in the military aviation of the Cold War. Gordon regularly publishes articles about the units and aircraft of the Cold War, with a particular emphasis on the USAF.