North American F-86A Sabre – Paul’s MiG Killer, 336th FIS, 4th FIW, USAF, Joseph Fields, Kimpo, Korean War 1952
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale Legends US35807: North American F-86A Sabre “Paul’s MiG Killer” of 336th FIS, 4th FIW USAF Joseph Fields, Kimpo, South Korea, 1952. Intended primarily for US issue. Hard to find.
Length 6.75 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
Joe Fields’ F-86 wore perhaps the largest shark’s mouth seen on a Sabre during the Korean War. Sharks’ mouths had been popular on F-80s and F-51s early in the war, but were removed in deference to local sensibilities, with a fear that pilots of aircraft which crash-landed wearing such devilish markings might receive an unfriendly reception. This aircraft survived the war and later served with the 123rd FIS, based at Portland International Airport, Oregon.
Designed to meet a USAAF requirement for a day-fighter/escort fighter/dive-bomber, the F-86 was first flown on October 1st, 1947. The Sabre’s swept-wing “flying tail” configuration and a hydraulic flight-control system were some of its many firsts in technology and design that have now become standard for jet-powered aircraft. Armed with six 50 caliber machine guns, the F-86 saw extensive action in the Korean War, where it was often pitted against the MiG-15. The Sabre pilot had to be in visual contact and within gun range of the enemy in order to attempt a shoot-down, thereby making this aircraft the last true “dogfighter” in Air Force inventory.