After more than one ‘operational’ year, the F-86F “Sabre” already would be replaced by the supersonic F-100C “Super Sabre”.

The F-100 was a very good looking machine, which could go faster than sound in the horizontal position.         The enormous power of it’s

Pratt & Witney J-57 P-21A engine made it fly with a top-speed of more than 1300 km/ph. The only ‘disadvantage’ was the overwhelming

noise when the afterburner was put on just before takeoff.       The F-100 “Super Sabre” could go more than 21 kilometers up into the sky.

With the  arrival  of the F-100C, the runway  of  Soesterberg A.B.  first had  to be  lengthened up  to more  than 3 kilometers  during 1956.

So, at the end of August 1956, the 32nd F.D.S. was fully equipped with the F-100C.    By 1957  the strength  had gone up to 24 machines.

Besides the 24 F-100C models, the squadron received a few F-100F two-seater (trainer) versions.

On july 8, 1958 the name was changed from 32nd Fighter Day Squadron to 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron.

1959 Was the year, in which a crown and a wreath with twelve oranges were added to the Squadron’s insignia.    At first  the F-100’s flew

with the three green bands on the tail, but (also) in 1959 the tails were painted  in the colours of the Dutch flag: red, white and blue (see

pictures below) and the squadron’s insignia could be found on the left side of the fuselage, beneath the cockpit.

32nd Fighter Squadron II

At the pictures above, taken at the M.L.M. (at Kamp Zeist), we can see the colour-sceme, as worn by the

F-100’s of 32nd T.F.S. from 1959 on. This aircraft, which represents ‘FW-871’ (54-1871), is in fact an ex-

                          Armée de l’Air F-100D-version “Super Sabre” with serial number 54-2265.

“Delta Daggers”           of 32nd F.I.S.

Picture of an F-100C seen from below. In the four years the 32nd T.F.S. was flying the F-100 “Super Sabre”, nine accidents occured in which five machines were lost. 

                                                                                                                       Photo: Postcard. coll. C. Vermolen.

In 1959, the squadron received two T-33A “T-Birds”. They too were flying with the red, white and blue tail. Also in 1959  it was announced 

that the next year, in1960,  the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron  was to receive  a new  type of  aircraft:  the Convair F-102A “Delta Dagger”.

Because  this machine  was especially designed  for the interception role, 32nd “Tactical Fighter Squadron” was changed to  32nd “Fighter Interceptor Squadron” in July 1959. Within five months the conversion of the crew to the complex F-102 was completed and so at the end

of 1960, the squadron was at full strength with 21 machines  (amongst which, were two TF-102A two-seaters).   

These machines wore the same red, white and blue tail.

In 1965 one horizontal green band (between white linings) appeared on the tail.  In this band, at the left

side, the Squadron’s insignia  was visible and  at the same spot  on the right side, the insignia of the 86th

Air Division. The black & white photo’s above were taken at Soesterberg A.B. in 1966.                        

                                                                                                                                           Photos: D. Heinen, coll. C. Vermolen.

In the second half  of the  nineteen sixties, the U.S. ‘first line’ combat aircraft  were to be camouflaged,  due to  the experiences  that were

made during the Vietnam War, into brown and green camouflage-colours.     From November 1965 on, the F-102’s of the 32nd F.I.S. were

gradually camouflaged too.

When an F-102 of the 32nd F.I.S.  was going to be camouflaged, the FC-code (buzz number) and the green

band with the squadron’s insignia first were removed. This aircraft, 56-1032 was flown by the commander.

Though the F-102’s  sometimes were replaced  by aircraft with other serials, the squadron normally had 21

“Delta Daggers” in use.     Photo: D. Heinen, coll. C. Vermolen.

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In 1963 however the red, white and blue colours on the tail were removed and were now only to be found

on the speed-brake flaps. Later, on the port-side of the tail, the squadron’s insignia and on starboard-side

the insignia of the 86th Air Division could be found (picture on the left). 

The “T-Birds” did fly longer with the red, white and blue colour sceme.   The pictures above probably were

taken somewhere in 1964/65 at the American side of Soesterberg A.B. (Camp New Amsterdam).

Photos: KLu. Post Card. Gebr. Spanjersberg, coll. C. Vermolen.

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