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F-100 Super Sabre
in Turkish Air Force Vol. 1

by Levent Basara

 

 S u m m a r y

Title and Author:

F-100 Super Sabre in Turkish Air Force: Hobbytime Publications

Media:

Softcover 64 Pages

ISBN:

8680157170010

Price:

MSRP: GBP £14.99 from the Aviation Bookshop

Review Type:

First Read

Advantages:

Excellent collection of colour and black and white photographs of F-100 Super Sabres. Will be a very useful modelling reference for those who wish to build a Turkish F-100

Disadvantages:

Limited text (fortunately bi-lingual) but sufficient to convey the point and cover in brief terms the background to Turkish F-100 use.

Conclusion:

Written by a Turkish aviation journalist of long standing, this volume achieves what it sets out to do – that is documenting the F-100 almost 30 thirty years of service in Turkey for both aviation enthusiasts and modellers.


Reviewed by Ken Bowes


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FirstRead

 

About twelve years ago I had the privilege of leading a party of Australian Defence Force Officer Cadets on a battlefield study tour to Gallipoli, a significant national site for both Australia and Turkey. As part of that trip we spent a few days in Istanbul during which I was able to get to the Hava Kuvvetleri Muzesi Komutanligi (the Turkish Air Force Musuem) located on the edge of Istanbul Airport in the town of Yesilkoy (effectively a suburb of Istanbul).

 

 

Amongst the many aircraft on display were a number of F-100 Super Sabres (listed as an F-100C, F-100D and F-100F). As a type I have always admired the F-100. Notwithstanding the initial problems with lateral stability in the A-model, the F-100 became a standby for a number of Air Forces around the world including several NATO countries.

 

 

In Turkish service this was to result in approximately 200 aircraft being operated between 1958 and the late 1980s in nuclear strike, air defence and close air support roles.

F-100 Super Sabre in Turkish Air Force Volume 1 was inspired by the 2011 100th Anniversary of the Turkish Air Force and has been written with the cooperation of Turkish Air Force Command and veterans. Whilst the first twenty or so pages consist of a brief history of the acquisition and operation of the F-100 especially by 111,112 and 113 Filo (Squadron) up to around 1974 when the conflict over Cyprus ended a lot of cooperation between NATO countries and especially the US. The text is bi-lingual and very readable, striking a balance between facts and narratives. Interspersed are a range of photographs covering the very earliest F-100 units with their colour markings whilst the remainder of book covers later service across the 8 front line squadrons eventually equipped with the type.

 

 

All three major sub-types are depicted, ranging from the early delivery’s of F-100D and F types to the later supply of USAF surplus F-100Cs that were withdrawn from use following the Vietnam War. Early photographs are unsurprisingly in black and white whilst those in the later part of the book are printed in full colour. Images are generally A5 size (half page) and printed on high quality paper.

 

 

It is obvious that the author has the enthusiast in mind in the selection of photographs for this book. Most will have some value to a modeller building a replica of a Turkish Air Force F-100, using the Monogram or Trumpeter kits and decals such as those offered by Hannants or promised by Caracal Models. If you have an interest in significant types in unusual colour schemes, then this volume from Hobbytime Publishing should be sought out.

Thanks to Hobbytime Publications for the sample


Review and Reference Photos Copyright 2011 by Ken Bowes
This Page Created on 12 September, 2011
Last updated 12 September, 2011

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