Falcon Models FA723001 USAF North American F-86D Sabre Fighter - 75th Fighter Interceptor Squadron "Tiger Sharks", 519th Air Defense Group, Suffolk County AFB, NY, August 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 75th Fighter Interceptor Squadron "Tiger Sharks", 519th Air Defense Group, then deployed to Suffolk County AFB, NY, during August 1953. Special Order!
Wingspan: 6.25 inches
Length: 6.75 inches
Release Date: June 2011
Historical Account: "Flying Tigers" - After World War II, the squadron returned to the United States and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. There the squadron was inactivated on January 5th, 1946. Following a period of activations and inactivations, during which the squadron was assigned to such bases as Northwest Field, Guam, and Howard Air Force Base, Canal Zone, the squadron returned to active duty on January 12th, 1951, as the 75th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron stationed at Presque Isle Air Force Base, Maine. During this period, the 75th served under the Air Defense Command and flew the F-86 with a mission to maintain a high degree of operational proficiency so that it might repel any possible enemy air attack. The squadron left Presque Isle on October 16th, 1952, and was reassigned to Suffolk County Air Force Base, New York, where the squadron remained for three years before returning to Presque Isle.
The squadron continued to fly the F-86 until 1955 when it converted to the F-89. It continued operations out of Presque Isle until later moving to Dow Air Force Base, Maine.