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Safety Valve: Letters from readers

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Make NCW an aeronautical hub: The F-100 Super Saber has a lot in common with the Cessna Skyhawk. Called the “Hun” because of its F-100 designation, the Super Sabre was introduced in 1956. So was the Skyhawk. They even served together in the Vietnam War, although it was actually the Skyhawk’s predecessor that was the basis for the O-1 Bird Dog Scout Plane. Late in the war, when their roles were taken over by other airplanes, their similarities ended. While the Saber was replaced by more advanced designs which were, in turn, replaced by even more advanced designs, the sturdy little Skyhawk has remained virtually unchanged to this day.

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