F-86L Sabre No. 51-3004 USAF
The F-86L Sabre is an all-weather variant of the original
F-86A, which gained fame in the skies over Korea in the early 1950s. The
radar-equipped F-86L is substantially different from earlier
Sabres. The F-86 began development in March 1959, with the
first flight occurring on December 22nd that same year. Eventually 2,504
airframes were built.
The Sabre on display was manufactured by North American
Aviation at Inglewood, California, was accepted by the USAF on February 27,
1953 and continued in service until about March 1962. The aircraft was
assigned to Air Training Command units at Tyndall AFB, Florida and Perrin AFB,
texas. This airframe was returned to the manufacturer where it was modified to
F-86L specifications. The colors and markings are for the 37th
FIS/14th FIW at Ethan
Allen AFB, Vermont.