|Hal Cusick, 23.01.2015|
Squadron-mate with Art Connor who was first USAF Sq. pilot to fire the mouse, at Yuma, 1954. We were 440th FIS "Mad Dog" Geiger then Europe. Excellent, fast, good instrument and formation airplane. Many early airplane problems were resolved in the -35s we flew four years Europe (Landstuhl and Erding). I had no engine or systems problems xcpt loss of one pod and one loss of instruments. Before getting -35, flying night take-off to East over rising residence area from Geiger without A/B was a thrill, could have flown Sandy Claus wing! HC
|Art Connor, 23.01.2015|
One of the initial 440th FIS pilots flying the F 86D @ Geiger AFB WA. Deployed with the squadron to +Landstuhl and subsequently to Erding Germany, rocketry @ Wheelus AFB Libia. Instructed @ Moody AFB using the F 86L. Superb weather aircraft.
|Nate Melber Jr., 14.01.2015|
Melber Jr.I was station at McChord field in Washington State with the 317 FIS.from Aug 1953 to Jan.1957.I was a Crew Chief on F-86D`s we were a Air Defense Command,and we received a new series of F-86 each year I was there. The tail # I was Crew Chief on was 377,I can`t member the later two.We took the rocket compaction twice a Yuma Arz.With our F-86`s.We had a great bunch guys,we were like one big family
|Nate Melber Jr., 14.01.2015|
|Joe Watkins, 24.12.2014|
I was a fuel control specialist with the 440th FIS at Landstuhl in 1955 and we moved to Erding in 1956 and I returned to the states in 1958. Reenlisted and went to Sioux City, IA and worked on the D until they were phased out. Went on to data processing and then computers. SAGE and AUTODIN Systems. Transfered to the Army in 1968 as a CWO and retired after Vietnam in 1974. Hosted a 440th FIS reunion here in New Orleans in 2003. Love to hear from any of the old gang.
|tom yeoman, 19.11.2014|
Iwas stationed at landstuhl AFB Grmany from 1954 to 1955 as a crew chief on F86D FU-906 I was on the carrier USS Tripolie with 42 F-86D on the flight deck from San Diago to Saint Naser France we unloaded the birds and flew them to Landstuhl AFB Germany. Dischared in Sept. 1955
|John Coffey, 16.11.2014|
I was stationed at Oscoda AFB with the 63rdFIS 1951 - 1953. With the 63rd I was in the comm. shop. After making S/Sgt I was X-ferd to the 71st FIS at Greater Pittsburgh Airport. There I was shop chief of Elec.Engine Control (EEC) on the very first F-86Ds to go tactical. I see that later EEC became EFC. I remember that any time an engine burped all fingers pointed @ EEC. Then later it was found to be mechanical on the engine.
|Cecil Bail, 03.11.2014|
worked on the F 86 D at Okinawa (Naha)16th FIS 55-57 Good aircraft at that time. worked on F 102 , F104 later big challenge compaired to the 86 D
|Robert Wray, 29.10.2014|
I was in the Radar Shop of the 513th FIS from January,1956, to April,1958,at RAF Manston, England. The squadron was equipped with F-86Ds, and moved to France in April,1958.
|A/1c Gerald J. Campbell, 12.08.2014|
I was with the 526FIS from 1954-1956 worked as a Electronic Fuel Control Tech.The F86D was a great aircraft to work on & the pilots loved to Fly.
|harland gibbs, 27.06.2014|
In Erding from June 1952-Oct 1955 (3.5 years). Loved the Area and Munich esp. I was in In 11th Comm Maint Sq. Have a Photo book for year 1952 of the Base Personnel. Anyone around from that time?
My first assignment out of basic was the 440FIS at Erding Air Base, Germany. Arrived in July 1959 and departed for 496 FIS in Jan 1960. The Sabre Jet F86D was a cool bird. German Air Force had control of the base but they also had F86 birds and we would borrow parts from each other if we had to get an airplane operational that was AOCP/ Aircraft Out of Commission for Parts. Three minutes flying time from the Czech border. A great place to be stationed. Only one hour from Munich!
|art dessenberger, 19.05.2014|
I was with the 496th from Calif to France to Landstuhl. Crew chief on FU 940, Great ship, great crew and pilots and great times.
|Johnny Carrouth, 27.12.2013|
I was in EFC shop 41st FIS Yokota, Japan in 1955/56. Was EFC Shop Chief when we moved the 41st to Guam. Spent 7 days on Iwo Jima on the refueling/repair team during the transfer to Guam. From Guam went to FMS at McGuire AFB, N.J. Went to Aviation Cadet Program, graduated in 1959 and went to F-86L training at Perrin AFB, GA. Never got to fly the L in an active squadron as the "needs of the Air Force" changed and we all went to SAC myself in B-47's. Later got to fly the F-102 at Perrin and Goose Bay.
|Marvin McClain, 27.12.2013|
I worked as an electric technician on the F86D simulator at Tyndall AFB, FL in the 1956 - 1957 timeframe. When the simulator was not in use for its true purpose, training interceptor pilots, I logged many hours "flying" it as part of the required maintenance. I became so good on the simulator, I think I just might have been able to fly the real thing.
|Wally Moffett, 04.11.2013|
I was stationed at Chitose Jan. 1955 to Jan1956 and was a RADAR crew chief for that time. There for the cross over of F-86 F to D and building of the 339th Squadron with 86-D's. Left when my father passed away. I haven't attended any of the re-unions and was really sorry this year as it was in my home town Duluth/Superior. If anyone wishes to reach me I live in Boulder Colo., and you have my e-mail. My best to you all, young and old (like me).
|Jerry Markland, 01.11.2013|
I was stationed at Chitose AFB, Japan 339th FIS from 1954-1956 and I never served with a greater bunch of men in my entire service tour of duty. I was a crew chief on a F86D. I would like to hear from anyone that was there when I was stationed there. I've attened one of the get togethers they have each year and I had a great time with the old gang. My health has prevented me from attending any other ones but I highly recommend that you go for you will have a great time.
|Gene Kershner, 31.10.2013|
Anyone who flew or maintained the F-86 in the 339th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in Chitose, Japan during the mid and late 1950's--There is an association that meets each year to swap tales. Please contact Robert Murphy at 386-364-1454
|Doug Potoczak, 10.09.2013|
My father wqas a mechanic for the F86D at Gieger Field in Washington state. Looking for any info about Geiger field in 1951-53 and any manuals on the F86D. Dad died in 1996. Trying to tell his grandchildren about his service.
|Gary Janney, 27.08.2013|
Was with the 514FIS Manston England 1957-1958. The 514FIS was re-assigned to Ramstein AB, Germany and I remained until the unit was deactivated in 1961. Was assigned then to the 526FIS until returned to the US. What a great ground of men and women I served with in the 514FIS. Now retired living in Fayetteville, NC.