USAF Century Series of Fighters: F-100 to F-106

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I'm working on a history of the USAF Century Series of Fighters: F-100 to F-106. Here's an appendix showing contract dates and numbers related to these aircraft. I realize some others were built but they went to foreign air forces and they are not included within this list. Any additions/corrections will be most appreciated. -SP

Chronological Order of USAF Contract and Production Data: U.S. Air Force Aerospace Defense Command and Tactical Air Command F-100 to F-106 Aircraft

05/06/53, YF-100-NA, 2, AF6545, 52-5754 and 52-5755
05/06/53, F-100A-1-NA, 10, AF6545, 52-5756 to 52-5765
05/06/53, F-100A-5-NA, 13, AF6545, 52-5766 to 52-5778
05/06/53, F-100A-10-NA, 40, AF6545, 53-1529 to 53-1568
05/06/53, F-100A-15-NA, 40, AF6545, 53-1569 to 53-1608
05/06/53, F-100A-20-NA, 100, AF6545, 53-1609 to 53-1708

05/28/53, F-101A-17-MC, 29, AF8743, 53-2418 to 53-2446

06/12/53, YF-102-CO, 2, AF5942, 52-7794 and 52-7795
06/12/53, YF-102-CO, 8, AF5942, 53-1779 to 53-1786
06/12/53, YF-102A-17-CO, 4, AF5942, 53-1787 to 53-1790
06/12/53, F-102A-5-CO, 4, AF5942, 53-1791 to 53-1794
06/12/53, F-102A-10-CO, 3, AF5942, 53-1795 to 53-1797
06/12/53, F-102A-15-CO, 5, AF5942, 53-1798 to 53-1802
06/12/53, F-102A-20-CO, 9, AF5942, 53-1803 to 53-1811
06/12/53, F-102A-25-CO, 7, AF5942, 53-1812 to 53-1818

06/04/54, YRF-101A, 2, AF8743, 54-149 and 54-150

06/30/54, F-100C-1-NA, 70, AF26962, 53-1709 to 53-1778
06/30/54, F-100C-1-NA, 30, AF26962, 54-1740 to 54-1769
06/30/54, F-100C-5-NA, 45, AF26962, 54-1770 to 54-1814
06/30/54, F-100C-15-NA, 45, AF26962, 54-1815 to 54-1859
06/30/54, F-100C-20-NA, 111, AF26962, 54-1860 to 54-1970
06/30/54, F-100C-25-NA, 150, AF26962, 54-1971 to 54-2120

07/19/54, TF-102A-CO, 20, AF23903, 54-1351 to 54-1370
07/19/54, F-102A-30-CO, 13, AF23903, 54-1371 to 54-1383
07/19/54, F-102A-35-CO, 17, AF23903, 54-1384 to 54-1400
07/19/54, F-102A-40-CO, 7, AF23903, 54-1401 to 54-1407

08/03/54, XF-104-LO, 2, AF23362, 53-7786 and 53-7787

03/30/55, F-104A-LO, 17, AF27378, 55-2955 to 55-2971

05/31/55, F-100D-1-NA, 12, AF29150, 54-2121 to 54-2132
05/31/55, F-100D-5-NA, 19, AF29150, 54-2133 to 54-2151
05/31/55, F-100D-10-NA, 70, AF29150, 54-2152 to 54-2221
05/31/55, F-100D-15-NA, 82, AF29150, 54-2222 to 54-2303
05/31/55, F-100D-20-NA, 100, AF29150, 55-3502 to 55-3601
05/31/55, F-100D-25-NA, 100, AF29150, 55-3602 to 55-3701
05/31/55, F-100D-30-NA, 113, AF29150, 55-3702 to 55-3814

06/27/55, YF-105A-1-RE, 2, AF22512, 54-098 and 54-099
06/27/55, F-105B-1-RE, 4, AF22512, 54-100 to 54-103
06/27/55, F-105B-5-RE, 1, AF22512, 54-104
06/27/55, JF-105B-1-RE, 1, AF22512, 54-105
06/27/55, F-105B-5-RE, 2, AF22512, 54-106 and 54-107
06/27/55, JF-105B-1-RE, 1, AF22512, 54-108
06/27/55, F-105B-5-RE, 2, AF22512, 54-109 and 54-110
06/27/55, F-105B-6-RE, 1, AF22512, 54-111
06/27/55, JF-105B-2-RE, 1, AF22512, 54-112

06/30/55, F-100C-10-NH, 25, AF28736, 55-2709 to 55-2733
06/30/55, F-100D-35-NH, 10, AF28736, 55-2734 to 55-2743
06/30/55, F-100D-40-NH, 40, AF28736, 55-2744 to 55-2783
06/30/55, F-100D-45-NH, 80, AF28736, 55-2784 to 55-2863
06/30/55, F-100D-50-NH, 45, AF28736, 55-2864 to 55-2908
06/30/55, F-100D-55-NH, 46, AF28736, 55-2909 to 55-2954

06/30/55, F-102A-41-CO, 23, AF29264, 55-3357 to 55-3379
06/30/55, F-102A-CO, 10, AF29264, 55-3380 to 55-3389
06/30/55, F-102A-45-CO, 37, AF29264, 55-3390 to 55-3426
06/30/55, F-102A-5-CO, 38, AF29264, 55-3427 to 55-3464
06/30/55, TF-102A-CO, 28, AF29264, 55-4032 to 55-4059

09/29/55, F-101A-20-MC, 6, AF23393, 54-1438 to 54-1443
09/29/55, F-101A-25-MC, 9, AF23393, 54-1444 to 54-1452
09/29/55, F-101A-30-MC, 13, AF23393, 54-1453 to 54-1465
09/29/55, F-101A-35-MC, 20, AF23393, 54-1466 to 54-1485
09/29/55, F-101C-40-MC, 8, AF23393, 54-1486 to 54-1493
09/29/55, RF-101A-20-MC, 3, AF23393, 54-1494 to 54-1496
09/29/55, RF-101A-25-MC, 11, AF23393, 54-1497 to 54-1507
09/29/55, RF-101A-30-MC, 11, AF23393, 54-1508 to 54-1518
09/29/55, RF-101A-35-MC, 3, AF23393, 54-1519 to 54-1521

03/02/56, F-104A-1-LO, 7, AF30756, 56-730 to 56-736 (used for test purposes)
03/02/56, F-104A-5-LO, 11, AF30756, 56-737 to 56-747
03/02/56, F-104A-10-LO, 16, AF30756, 56-748 to 56-763
03/02/56, F-104A-15-LO, 25, AF30756, 56-764 to 56-788
03/02/56, F-104A-20-LO, 37, AF30756, 56-789 to 56-825
03/02/56, F-104A-25-LO, 52, AF30756, 56-826 to 56-877
03/02/56, F-104A-30-LO, 5, AF30756, 56-878 to 56-882
03/02/56, F-104C-5-LO, 56, AF30756, 56-883 to 56-938
56-939 to 56-956 cancelled (RF-104A)
03/02/56, F-104B-1-LO, 6, AF30756, 56-3719 to 56-3724

03/15/56, F-102A-51-CO, 16, AF31174, 56-957 to 56-972
03/15/56, F-102A-55-CO, 72, AF31174, 56-973 to 56-1044
03/15/56, F-102A-60-CO, 92, AF31174, 56-1045 to 56-1136
03/15/56, F-102A-65-CO, 97, AF31174, 56-1137 to 56-1233
03/15/56, F-102A-70-CO, 41, AF31174, 56-1234 to 56-1274
03/15/56, F-102A-CO, 57, AF31174, 56-1275 to 56-1331
03/15/56, F-102A-75-CO, 98, AF31174, 56-1332 to 56-1429
03/15/56, F-102A-80-CO, 89, AF31174, 56-1430 to 56-1518
03/15/56, TF-102A, 63, AF31174, 56-2317 to 56-2379

03/29/56, F-100D-60-NA, 60, AF31311, 56-2903 to 56-2962
03/29/56, F-100D-65-NA, 60, AF31311, 56-2963 to 56-3022
03/29/56, F-100D-70-NA, 120, AF31311, 56-3023 to 56-3142
03/29/56, F-100D-75-NA, 124, AF31311, 56-3143 to 56-3266

03/30/56, F-100D-80-NH, 56, AF31388, 56-3351 to 56-3406
03/30/56, F-100D-85-NH, 57, AF31388, 56-3407 to 56-3463

04/16/56, F-106A-CO, 17, AF30169, 56-451 to 56-467

05/24/56, F-100D-90-NH, 80, AF31311, 56-3267 to 56-3346

05/29/56, F-100F-1-NA, 5, AF31863, 56-3725 to 56-3729
05/29/56, F-100F-5-NA, 40, AF31863, 56-3730 to 56-3769
05/29/56, F-100F-10-NA, 105, AF31863, 56-3770 to 56-3874
05/29/56, F-100F-15-NA, 145, AF31863, 56-3875 to 56-4019

06/30/56, F-101B-30-MC, 1, AF29841, 56-232
06/30/56, F-101B-40-MC, 5, AF29841, 56-233 to 56-237
06/30/56, F-101B-45-MC, 3, AF29841, 56-238 to 56-240
06/30/56, F-101B-50-MC, 5, AF29841, 56-241 to 56-245
06/30/56, F-101B-55-MC, 5, AF29841, 56-246 to 56-250
06/30/56, F-101B-60-MC, 7, AF29841, 56-251 to 56-257
06/30/56, F-101B-65,-MC, 11, AF29841, 56-258 to 56-268
06/30/56, F-101B-70-MC, 12, AF29841, 56-269 to 56-280
06/30/56, F-101B-75-MC, 19, AF29841, 56-281 to 56-299
06/30/56, F-101B-80-MC, 29, AF29841, 56-300 to 56-328

12/04/56, F-104B-5-LO, 9, AF33701, 57-1294 to 57-1302
12/04/56, F-104B-10-LO, 9, AF33701, 57-1303 to 57-1311
12/04/56, F-104B-15-LO, 2, AF33701, 57-1312 and 57-1313
12/04/56, F-104D-5-LO, 7, AF33701, 57-1314 to 57-1320
12/04/56, F-104D-10-LO, 8, AF33701, 57-1321 to 57-1328
12/04/56, F-104D-15-LO, 6, AF33701, 57-1329 to 57-1334

12/14/56, F-102A-90-CO, 86, AF33695, 57-770 to 57-855
12/14/56, F-102A-95-CO, 54, AF33695, 57-856 to 57-909

12/26/56, F-106A-CO, 18, AF30169, 56-229 to 56-246

12/26/56, F-104C-10-LO, 21, AF33700, 57-910 to 57-930

12/31/56, F-106A-CO, 54, AF33808, 57-2453 to 57-2506

03/25/57, F-101C-40-MC, 5, AF29841, 56-001 to 56-005
03/25/57, F-101C-45-MC, 14, AF29841, 56-006 to 56-019
03/25/57, F-101C-50-MC, 13, AF29841, 56-020 to 56-032
03/25/57, F-101C-55-MC, 7, AF29841, 56-033 to 56-039
03/25/57, RF-101C-60-MC, 18, AF29841, 56-040 to 56-057
03/25/57, RF-101C-65-MC, 29, AF29841, 56-058 to 56-086
03/25/57, RF-101C-70-MC, 28, AF29841, 56-087 to 56-114
03/25/57, RF-101C-75-MC, 21, AF29841, 56-115 to 56-135
56-136 to 56-154 cancelled; reason and variant unknown
03/25/57, RF-101A-35-MC, 7, AF29841, 56-155 to 56-161
03/25/57, RF-101C-40-MC, 12, AF29841, 56-162 to 56-173
03/25/57, RF-101C-45-MC, 13, AF29841, 56-174 to 56-186
03/25/57, RF-101C-50-MC, 12, AF29841, 56-187 to 56-198
03/25/57, RF-101C-55-MC, 23, AF29841, 56-199 to 56-221
03/25/57, RF-101C-60-MC, 10, AF29842, 56-222 to 56-231

06/03/57, F-106B-CO, 34, AF33808, 57-2514 to 57-2547

06/04/57, F-101B-80-MC, 16, AF33708, 56-247 to 56-262
06/04/57, F-101B-85-MC, 45, AF33708, 56-263 to 56-307
06/04/57, F-101B-90-MC, 50, AF33708, 56-308 to 56-357
06/04/57, F-101B-95-MC, 50, AF33708, 56-358 to 56-407
06/04/57, F-101B-100-MC, 45, AF33708, 56-408 to 56-452

06/25/57, F-106B-CO, 7, AF30169, 57-2507 to 57-2513

06/28/57, F-105B-10-RE, 9, AF32216, 57-5776 to 57-5784
06/28/57, F-105B-15-RE, 18, AF32216, 57-5785 to 57-5802
06/28/57, F-105B-20-RE, 38, AF32216, 57-5803 to 57-5840

03/28/58, F-101B-105-MC, 45, AF34918, 58-259 to 58-303
03/28/58, F-101B-110-MC, 39, AF34918, 58-304 to 58-342

04/30/58, F-106A-CO, 40, AF34814, 58-759 to 58-798
04/30/58, F-106B-CO, 5, AF34814, 58-900 to 58-904

06/27/58, F-100F-20-NA, 29, AF35160, 58-1205 to 58-1233

12/08/58, F-105D-1-RE, 3, AF34752, 58-1146 to 58-1148
12/08/58, F-105D-5-RE, 25, AF34752, 58-1149 to 58-1173

03/03/59, F-100F-15-NA, 9, AF35160, 58- 6975 to 58-6983

Following Aircraft Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) - Unknown Dates and Contract Numbers

FY59, F-106A-105-CO, 29, 59-001 to 59-030
FY59, F-106A-110-CO, 28, 59-031 to 59-059
FY59, F-106A-120-CO, 26, 59-060 to 59-086
FY59, F-106A-125-CO, 24, 59-087 to 59-111
FY59, F-106A-130-CO, 23, 59-112 to 59-135
FY59, F-106A-135-CO, 12, 59-136 to 59-148
FY59, F-106B-75-CO, 11, 59-149 to 59-159
FY59, F-106B-80-CO, 6, 59-160 to 59-165
FY59, F-106A-CO, 59-166 to 59-204 (cancelled)
FY59, F-106B-CO, 59-205 to 59-240 (cancelled)
FY59, F-105D-5-RE, 40, 59-1717 to 59-1757
FY59, F-105D-6-RE, 116, 59-1758 to 59-1774
FY59, F-105D-RE, 59-1775 to 59-1816 (cancelled)
FY59, F-105D-6-RE, 10, 59-1817 to 59-1826
FY59, F-105E-RE, 26, 59-1817 to 59-1842 (cancelled)

FY60, F-105D-6-RE, 13, 60-409 to 60-426
FY60, F-105D-10-RE, 108, 60-427 to 60-535
FY60, F-105D-RE, 60-536 to 60-546 (cancelled)
FY60, F-105D-10-RE, 12, 60-5374 to 60-5385

FY61, F-105D-15-RE, 65, 61-041 to 61-106
FY61, F-105D-20-RE, 54, 61-107 to 61-161
FY61, F-105D-25-RE, 58, 61-162 to 61-220
FY61, F-105D, 61-221 to 61-260 (cancelled)

FY62, F-105D-25-RE, 20, 62-4217 to 62-4237
FY62, F-105D-30-RE, 38, 62-4238 to 62-4276
FY62, F-105D-31-RE, 134, 62-4277 to 62- 4411
FY62, F-105F-1-RE, 35, 62-4412 to 62-4447

FY63, F-105F-1-RE, 106, 63-8260 to 63-8366
 
I forgot to mention that an appendix will cover the non-production Century Series aircraft: XF-103, F-107A, F-108A, XF-109, and F-110A. -SP
 
Steve Pace said:
I forgot to mention that an appendix will cover the non-production Century Series aircraft: XF-103, F-107A, F-108A, XF-109, and F-110A. -SP

That was one of my concerns... ;)

But F-110A... non-production? What about the F-4C? ;D
 
You're right about the F-4C going into production and it will be touched upon but if I do a chapter on the the F-4C - formerly F-110, it'll fall out of the realm of the Century numbered types. -SP
 
I remember, years ago, seeing mention of a ground attack F-102 variant after it had "passed its prime". The designation given was "F-102X" but that could've been disinformation. Do you have anything about such a study?
 
elmayerle said:
I remember, years ago, seeing mention of a ground attack F-102 variant after it had "passed its prime". The designation given was "F-102X" but that could've been disinformation. Do you have anything about such a study?

If it's the same F-102X, it is mentioned in the chart attached. It was redesignated as F-102C before being cancelled.
 
Here's a rare photo of F-101A numbers one (background) and two. -SP
 

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Sounds like a great book; your other books that I have are excellent.


How are you going to handle the F-111; it is certainly in the Century Series and the designation did not change like the F-110.






Wes W.
 
Hi Wes - Thanks for your kind words and of course the F-111 and FB-111 are included. -SP
 
Steve,


I have read and totally enjoyed these books by you: X Fighters, Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, XB-70, Edwards AFB Flight Test Center, SR-71, Lockheed Skunk Works, and X Planes at Edwards. I am sure this new book will be equal or surpass the others.


When will it be out? Do you consider the F-117 as part of the Century Series, since it came out of the non-standard designation area?




Wes W.
 
Thanks so much, Wes.
In no way is the F-117 part of the Century Series. In my eyes (and many other eyes) the Century Series include the F-100 through F-106 only. In my forthcoming book, however, I've included the F-107 since it was in direct competition with the F-105; it didn't go into production however. The F-103 is part of the Century Series too but as you know it didn't go into production either.
It should be published by Father's Day.
Happy Holidays!
-SP
 
Your comment about the Century Series ending at F-106 is interesting. Setting aside the F-110/F-4 issue, I would think that the F-111 is a legitimate member of the Century Series "club": The designation follows the F-110, over 500 were built and it was in service for about 30 years.




Wes W.
 
Thanks for your continued interest, Wes. In my book the F-110/F-4 and F/FB-111 will be covered in Chapter 6: Supersonic Wonders and Doublesonic Sensations. -SP
 
tigercat2 said:
Do you consider the F-117 as part of the Century Series, since it came out of the non-standard designation area?

That would be very surprising I think, because then you'd have to cover ALL the non-official, non-standard YF-11* designations: the MiGs, Sukhois, secret prototypes, etc. and that would reach well beyond the scope of the book's subject, don't you think? Especially since the F-117A never was a fighter nor meant to be one (they kept the designation from the YF-117A prototypes and dropped the "Y" because it was convenient; don't forget either that the YF-117D was Tacit Blue, not sequential and not a fighter either...
 
tigercat2 said:
Your comment about the Century Series ending at F-106 is interesting. Setting aside the F-110/F-4 issue, I would think that the F-111 is a legitimate member of the Century Series "club": The designation follows the F-110, over 500 were built and it was in service for about 30 years.




Wes W.

F-111 has never been considered part of the Century series AFAIK. F-100 - XF-108 (or XF-109 if one wants to reach).
 
One plane that belongs there is the YF-12 interceptor, imho. At least it's got to be borderline.
 
tacitblue said:
One plane that belongs there is the YF-12 interceptor, imho. At least it's got to be borderline.

The "Century" fighter designations were all allocated during the 1950s, except for the F-111.

The F- designations of the tri-service system, allocated in 1962, were for all existing fighters of the Air Force and Navy.
Only two previously undesignated types were made part of that sequence, the F-5 and F-12.

This being said, I think that if one type could be made an honorary member of the Century club, it should be the F-5.
It co-existed with the Century series for nearly 8 years, from 1955 to 1962, without any other designation than "N-156F".
As evidence of this I refer you to the excellent book United States Army & Air Force Fighters 1916-1961 published by Harleyford in 1961 (see attachment).

Although ordered in 1960, however, he F-12 didn't fly until 1963 so it can hardly be made part of the Century series.
 

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I know this has been covered before, but if the Tri-Service scheme had not been forced upon the services (apparently because McNamara got hopelessly confused over the F4H-1 and the F-110A being the same aircraft), any idea on what the Freedom Fighter would have been called had the "old" scheme continued, or if the Freedom Fighter had received a designation in the late 50's early 60's before Sep 62?
Perhaps it would have been the F-112.




Wes W.
 
Chronologically the YF-5A flew before the F-111A (1963 vs. 1964) and the N-156F (YF-5A prototype) flew some four years earlier. My story - sticking to it! -SP
 

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