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F-86 Sabre Pilots Association

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 1, 2019
1. F-86 Sabre Pilots Association Marker
Inscription.  
Dedicated to all the F-86 pilots who, though heavily outnumbered, battled for and took control of the air over North Korea during the Korean War.

When the first MiG-15s appeared in the skies over North Korea in late 1950, they were vastly superior in appearance to the United Nations aircraft then in use there. In response the U.S. Air Force rushed three F-86 squadrons to South Korea, later to be expanded to four wings. Vastly outnumbered in the beginning, the Sabre pilots took on their adversaries, flying fighter sweeps along the Yalu River border between China and North Korea, known as MiG Alley, and flying cover for fighter-bombers attacking North Korean targets. The MiGs flew from sanctuary bases in China, which were not allowed to be attacked.

The MiG-15 and the F-86 were roughly equal in air performance. The MiG could climb and accelerate faster and had a more lethal gun package. The F-86 was more maneuverable at high speeds, had a better gunsight and had much longer range. Sabre pilots were better trained, and they adapted to high altitude air combat better than their adversaries, devising air tactics that
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 1, 2019
2. F-86 Sabre Pilots Association Marker
provided greater flexibility and initiative. By the end of the war the ratio of total confirmed F-86 kills to losses was exceptionally high.

The Sabre Pilots Association honors all who flew F-86 combat missions in the Korean War. Meriting special recognition are the following Sabre pilots who attained "Ace" status by destroying five or more enemy aircraft in aerial combat during the war.

[Names and numbers of victories listed]
 
Location. 38° 54.682′ N, 77° 26.536′ W. Marker is in Chantilly, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Air and Space Museum Parkway west of Localizer Road, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly VA 20151, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. F-100 Super Sabre Society (here, next to this marker); The Distinguished Flying Cross Society (here, next to this marker); Piedmont Airlines (here, next to this marker); The Flying Tigers (here, next to this marker); The Tuskegee Airmen (here, next to this marker); Sully Plantation (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Sully Farms (approx. 0.7 miles away); Richard Bland Lee: Gentleman Farmer (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chantilly.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, Korean
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 1, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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