Falcon Models FA723003 USAF North American F-86D Sabre Fighter - 357th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Nouasseur Air Base, French Morocco, 1953 (1:72 Scale)
"My God, we simply have to figure a way out of this situation. There's no point in talking about 'winning' a nuclear war."
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower
The first swept-wing airplane in the U.S. fighter inventory, the F-86 scored consistent victories over Russian-built MiG fighters during the Korean War, accounting for a final kill ratio of 10-to-1. Interestingly, all 39 United Nations jet aces won their laurels in Sabres.
Four models of the plane (F-86A, E, F and H) were designated day fighters or fighter bombers, while the F-86D, K and L versions were touted as all-weather interceptors. Successive models of the daylight versions - all designed to destroy hostile aircraft in flight or on the ground - were equipped with more powerful engines and armament systems that ranged from iron bombs and rockets to machine guns and cannon. The three interceptor versions, on the other hand, were equipped with black radome noses, replacing the yawning jet intakes of the other models.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a USAF North American F-86D Sabre Jet that was attached to the 357th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, then deployed to Nouasseur Air Base, French Morocco.
Wingspan: 6.25 inches
Length: 6.75 inches
Release Date: November 2011
Historical Account: "Breathing Fire" - The 357th reactivated in November 1952 as the 357th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Portland International Airport, Ore., flying the F-86 Saber Jet. In 1953, the unit was ordered to Nousasseur Air Base, French Morocco, North Africa, to provide air defense for American facilities in Morocco. The squadron was inactive from March 1960 until reassignment to the Tactical Air Command as the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron, George Air Force Base, Calif., July 1962, flying the F-105 Thunderchief.