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North American Shark F.1

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The failure of the Supermarine Swift and development delays in the English Electric P.1B programme led to an unexpected UK order for the supersonic North American Super Sabre which was eagerly received by an ailing Royal Air Force. The first of 80 F-100K's (service designation: Shark F.1) was received in 1957 and the first squadron to re-equip was No.56 squadron who two years earlier had endured the heartache of operating the Swift F.1 and were soon to encounter teething difficulties with the Shark F.1...









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