North American F-86D/L Sabre Dog (ADC Interceptor Series) (Volume 1)
The height of the F-86D era was a high point in Air Force colors and markings. The squadrons complemented the polished aluminum airframe with large areas of color, often times covering the entire vertical tail. In addition to squadron, group, or wing markings, many Sabre Dogs also had personal names and nose art appied, drawing from popular cartoon figures and celebritites, as well as wives and girlfriends. The design of the F-86D lent itself well to the application of sharkmouth designs, and many units carried those in all shapes and sizes. This first book in the ADC Interceptor Series documents these colors and markings, for both USAF and foreign operators. With over 200 profile illustrations and dozens of color photographs, this is the most thorough reference on the colors and markings of the F-86D/L available.
F-86 Sabres of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing (Frontline Colour)
The 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing (FIW) was sent to Korea in December 1950 expressly to deal with the threat posed by the all-new MiG-15 fighter that had made its combat debut the previous month. It remained the sole Sabre wing in-theatre for a full year, its pilots tangling with Russian-flown MiGs up over the Yalu River on a near-daily basis. Through sheer skill and superior machinery, the 4th FIW prevailed, and the skies over North Korean remained firmly in UN control. This book includes numerous photos of aces and their aircraft, as well as extensive first-hand accounts.
North American Sabre Jet F-86D/K/L - Part.1 (Air Force Legends)
The second book in the Air Force Legends series is the North American F-86D/K/L "Sabre Dog". The importance of this single seat all-weather bomber/interceptor has been always overshadowed by the Korean War vintage F-86A/E/F series of day fighters. Production of F-86D's alone accounted for 2,506 aircraft. Although un-glamorous compared to its day fighter brother, the "Dog" was responsible for several world speed records. The F-86D/K.L will be covered in two volumes; this, the first, will cover its design, testing, and structures. The second volume will cover squadron service and markings, both foreign and domestic.
Behind the Scenes of the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing - April-May, 1952 Suwon, Korea
Just in from Rare Aviation, this DVD covers life on 51st Fighter Wing at Suwon in Korea during April and May of 1952. It runs over an hour. The DVD is split into fifteen distinct sections, and begins on 16 April 1952 with a short film on dust control, with troops digging and planting trees outside what appears to be the base chapel. Like most excerpts, there is no sound, but unobtrusive background music accompanies each film. Next up, taken on the same day, we see General Stearley arriving at Suwon in a B-17 to be greeted by Col. Francis Gabreski, the base - and 51st FW - commander. This film is introduced with two scrolling biographies of both Stearley and Gabreski - a nice inclusion and one that can be easily read as the 'scrolling' is not too fast. Short clips of the Mess Hall, Weather Station (30th Weather Sqn) and Motor Pool (51st Motor Vehicle Sqn) follow, all acompanied by restrained backing music. For many, the highlight of this DVD will be the Sabre footage, and there is plenty of it. First you get an 'On the Ramp' section from 30 April 1952, and there are an abundance of Sabres on view, and even the following '51st Air Police Sqn, May 1, 1952' section has plenty of Sabre action too; I particularly liked the landing views of the aircraft, which are quite unusual to see, ...
During the height of the Cold War, the United States started to develop and expand its air defense capabilities to knock down Russian Air Force nuclear-armed bombers flying over the North Pole, across Canada, and into the northern United States to attack US military targets and major cities. The Air Defense Command created air command centers, radar stations, ground observer corps, and fighter-interceptor squadrons. The 54th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (54th FIS), based at Ellswortjh AFB, South Dakota, protected the Strategic Air Command's assets at Ellsworth AFB (nuclear alert bombers and tankers and intercontinental ballistic missiles). From 1951 to 1960, the men of the 54th FIS protected North America from possible air attack by long-range Russian Air Force bombers. The threat was deemed real at the time, only later shown to be less serious as the CIA overflew the Soviet Union with high-flying Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance aircraft.
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North American F-86D Sabre radar interceptors, 498th Squadron from the late 1950's. Very funny!
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