North American F-86F Sabre – MiG Poison, 67th FS, Hagerstrom, Korean War
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale US35803: North American F-86F Sabre “MiG Poison” of 18th FBG, 67th FBS, flown by James Hagerstrom, USAF, Osan, South Korea, 1953. From the Corgi Aviation Archive Legends collection with fixed lowered undercarriage in a diorama blister with stand. Intended primarily for US only issue, so very few have come to the UK.
Length 6.75 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
When the 18th FBG converted from F-15 Mustangs to the F-86F in late 1952, several experienced pilots from the veteran Sabre-equipped 4th and 51st FIWs were transferred in to help with the jet conversion. One of these was Maj James Hagerstrom, who proceeded to add 6.5 MiG-15 kills to the two he had previously scored with the 4th FIW. He was the 18th FBG’s sole Sabre ace. Designed to meet a USAAF requirement for a day-fighter/escort fighter/dive-bomber, the F86 was first flown on October 1st, 1947.
The North American F-86 Sabre (sometimes called the Sabrejet) was a transonic jet fighter aircraft. Produced by North American Aviation, the Sabre is best known as America’s first swept wing fighter which could counter the similarly winged Soviet MiG-15 in high-speed dogfights over the skies of the Korean War. Considered one of the best and most important fighter aircraft in the Korean War, the F-86 is also rated highly in comparison with fighters of other eras. Although it was developed in the late 1940s and was outdated by the end of the 1950s, the Sabre proved versatile and adaptable, and continued as a front-line fighter in numerous air forces until the last active operational examples were retired by the Bolivian Air Force in 1994.
Its success led to an extended production run of more than 7,800 aircraft between 1949 and 1956, in the United States, Japan and Italy. Variants were built in Canada and Australia. The Canadair Sabre added another 1,815 airframes, and the significantly redesigned CAC Sabre (sometimes known as the Avon Sabre or CAC CA-27), had a production run of 112. It was by far the most-produced Western jet fighter, with total production of all variants at 9,860 units.