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USAF North American F-86F-1-NA Sabre Jet Fighter - Lt. James L Thompson, "The Huff", 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing, Korea, 1951 (1:72 Scale)
USAF North American F-86F-1-NA Sabre Jet Fighter - Lt. James L Thompson, "The Huff", 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing, Korea, 1951

Hobby Master USAF North American F-86F-1-NA Sabre Jet Fighter - Lt. James L Thompson, "The Huff", 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing, Korea, 1951




 
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Hobby Master HA4301 USAF North American F-86F-1-NA Sabre Jet Fighter - Lt. James L Thompson, "The Huff", 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing, Korea, 1951 (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-86F-1-NA Sabre Jet Fighter that was piloted by Lt. James L Thompson, and nicknamed "The Huff", which was attached to the 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing, then deployed to Korea during 1951. Special Order!

Dimensions:
Length: 6.75 inches
Wingspan: 6.25-inches

Release Date: September 2013

Historical Account: "Claims and Counter Claims" - By the end of hostilities, F-86 pilots were credited with shooting down 792 MiGs for a loss of only 78 Sabres, a victory ratio of 10:1. More recent research by Dorr, Lake and Thompson has claimed the actual ratio is closer to 2:1 The Soviets claimed to have downed over 600 Sabres, together with the Chinese claims, although these are thought by some to be an overcount as they cannot be reconciled with the 78 Sabres recorded as lost by the US. A recent RAND report made reference to "recent scholarship" of F-86 v MiG-15 combat over Korea and concluded that the actual kill:loss ratio for the F-86 was 1.8:1 overall, and likely closer to 1.3:1 against MiGs flown by Soviet pilots. Of the 41 American pilots who earned the designation of ace during the Korean war, all but one flew the F-86 Sabre, the exception being a Navy Vought F4U Corsair night fighter pilot.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Interchangeable landing gear
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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