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Robert Wray, e-mail, 29.10.2014 00:13

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, e-mail, 12.08.2014 17:32

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, e-mail, 27.06.2014 05:37

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?


Buddy, e-mail, 28.05.2014 19:15

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, e-mail, 19.05.2014 06:44

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, e-mail, 27.12.2013 00:59

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, e-mail, 27.12.2013 00:53

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, e-mail, 04.11.2013 18:52

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, e-mail, 01.11.2013 22:26

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, e-mail, 31.10.2013 23:51

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, e-mail, 10.09.2013 08:10

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, e-mail, 27.08.2013 06:53

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.


Gary Janney, e-mail, 27.08.2013 06:53

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.


william (Bill) owens, e-mail, 04.06.2013 03:16

Crew Chief #044 25th.FIS Okinawa-Tiawan 1957-58 Naha.Hometown Longview,Texas l never got a purple heart,but l did get V.D.once.


william (Bill) owens, e-mail, 04.06.2013 02:53

Crew Chief-25th FIS F-86d #56044 (044 )Okinawa -Tiawan 1957-58


Vernon Shaw, e-mail, 18.05.2013 02:03

Served as e-4 fire control tech 1955-1959. 45th FIS Ellsworth AFS 1956-1957 2712 EQRS Tachikawa AB, Japan 1957-1959


Larry Bryant, e-mail, 08.05.2013 07:42

I was Communications and Nav Tech on The F86D with the 465th and 318th FIS at McCord AFB Wasington


deaftom, e-mail, 25.04.2013 06:20

My father flew the Sabre Dog in the early to mid-1950s, first out of Marietta near Atlanta, Georgia, then from Sioux City, Iowa before converting to the B-57. Unfortunately, I don't know which squadrons he was with.


Clark, e-mail, 26.03.2013 20:14

I worked on the F-86D while in the 40th Fighter Intercepter sq. at Yokota AFB, Japan.(1955 - '57) Do you have any info on the organization when it was equipped with this aircraft?


Dave Werner, e-mail, 27.02.2013 14:15

With the 339th Chitose then 25th Naha 57-58 then Soiux City Ia


petronella (Patti) hattensperg, e-mail, 26.02.2013 14:34

i am looking for anyone who was stationed at Erding AFB with the 440th FIS in 1959 March thru December.
I am interested in finding anyone who knew a woman by the name Alouisa Hattensperger (Louise) who used to go to a place called the "roxy" Please call me at 412-773-2805 Thank you.


Don Toews, e-mail, 21.02.2013 23:56

Worked radar shop flight-line & 100 hr. inspection dock with 339th at Chitose during 1957. Winter short fly-days because of snow, but told to relax for long summer hours, then ran low on fuel for summer so had Wednesdays and weekends off for "recreation." Sent to 16th at Naha when Chitose was returned to Japanese Air Defense. Too short in Naha to go with 16th to Taiwan during the uprising there. Finally sent to Moody at Valdosta, Georgia.


John W. Hynds, e-mail, 17.01.2013 01:24

I was with the 47th FIS as a radar tech from June 1955 to Aug 1958. Was stationed at Niagra Falls. Would love to hear from anyone who is still around from the group. Also any info on reunions etc. Have been looking for a pin of the F86D.


Ex MSGT Jim Albrecht, e-mail, 08.12.2012 02:13

I was Tower Chief at Erding AFB, Germany '55 thru '58 1236th AACS Detachment I was there when Erding was returned to the German Luftwaffe and I trained about twelve former Luftwaffe pilots in Air Traffic Control procedures. Anybody around remember me?


Arthur Sommerfield, e-mail, 09.10.2012 00:21

Was a crew chief on them in 1955-56-57 with the 16th FIS at Naha, Okinawa. They were a good aircraft at the time but worked on some even better ones during my Air Force Carreer which ended in 1974.


Leon Coleman, e-mail, 25.08.2012 17:49

I was a CC in the 94th FIS at George (52-54), crewed a D (53-54). Joe Lynch put on a demo for the pilots, doing a 180 slo roll at about 50' in after burner and climbed out inverted at the end of the runway. Amazing demo of plane & pilot.


WALTER HUNT, e-mail, 29.06.2012 14:30

I WAS ASSIGNED F-86D FIS 497TH SPOKANE WASH. THEN TO MADRID SPAIN TORRIJON AB SAC WITH F86D CHANGE OVER TO F102'S JET ACFT. MECH. DOCKS HYD. SHOP FINALLY ALERT HANER


domenickj, e-mail, 11.06.2012 02:07

I worked IEC at Stewart AFB in 1955. We received an entire squadron, I think about 30 aircraft. Within one month every one was out for bad IEC, Air Force had failed to train IEC techs. Unit asked for volunteers from jet mechanics, engine shop, radar and electricians. I signed up ,GE sent a very smart guy by the name of Don Willets to our base, he trained us with a black board and chalk to be IEC technicians. Within a couple weeks we had all the birds back in the air. Our run up area was about a mile from flight line. I asked if I could be checked out to taxi, the squadron commander a man by the name of Ratty said okay. For the next two years me and my shop mates spent almost every day in the run up area. It was a great education and fun job.


Jerry Holloway, e-mail, 30.05.2012 01:25

I was in the 357 from fall of 55 to spring of 57. I think 403 was my ship with the nose art of ( Myassisdragging) in old Engish letters. The guy before me was a guy named Joyce from NC.
Major Dillde was CO? His ship had white stripe on the nose. When I arrive built the hangers from a pile of metal laying on the ramp. Those were the good old days.I am in Georgia and would like to hear you.


Dave Despres, e-mail, 15.03.2012 03:46

I was with the 496th at Landstuhl/Hahn '56-'58. I was in Periodic Inpections during my short tour in Germany...


John Tahaney, e-mail, 28.02.2012 06:28

I was a Flight Simulator Specialist on the F-86D at Perrin AFB '55-'56 before being shipped to Clark in the Philippines, then to Chitose, Japan with the 339 FIS. I left Japan in November '57. I'm a member of the 339th organization and we have a reunion yearly.


Johnny Housiaux, e-mail, 24.02.2012 07:35

I was in the 68th FIS as a crew chief from 1954 till 1958. I crewed 006 for Lt (then) Shulstad and 093 for Lt WK Walker. Wonderful memories from a midair collision of 2 aircraft over the end of the runway to oh so many hours on the alert pad on the end of the runway.I believe the pilot of our trainer in that collision was Lt Brummel. If there are any of you that were there then contact me at my email address.


jack stapleton, e-mail, 15.02.2012 02:43

I was stationed at nouasseur 1956 1958.crew chief on ;several f-86's.Enjoyed the whole time.Went tdy to tripoli two times.Email if you like.


Harry Lanahan, e-mail, 13.02.2012 00:52

47th FIS @ Niagara Falls, 55 57. 357th FIS @ Nouasseur, 57 58. 331st FIS @ Webb AFB, 59. Electronic Fuel Control Tech F86 D,K and L.


Michael borowski, e-mail, 20.01.2012 02:40

Served of Okinawa from 1954 to 1956 electronic fuel control on the f86d fighter 16 fighter.


Joe Crawford, e-mail, 10.01.2012 21:26

16th FIS '56 and '57 - electronic fuel control tech - then 357th FIS at Nouasser AFB.


Jon Jett, e-mail, 03.01.2012 04:16

Iwas station at Erding 440th FIS 1956-1959. Worked in IEC and Engine shop


Jerry Smith, e-mail, 12.10.2011 01:28

54-56 Hamilton AFB, CA. 325th, later renamed 83rd FIS. Sabre knights precision flying team. I was Armament


Ron Biagiarelli, e-mail, 22.08.2011 17:34

I was stationed at Neousseur, Morocco, N. Africa. I was assigned to the 357th FIS. I crewed two A/c, FU-281 & FU-495. 495 came down from Germeny as an replacement aircraft. Anybody out there that was stationed with the 357th, drop me a line.


Sam Matthews, e-mail, 24.06.2011 02:18

I was an Electronic Fuel Control Repairman with the 16th FIS at Naha Okinawa 1956 - 1957. then went to Chanute and became a Field Training Instructor and finished up at Sioux City, IA.


Mark Wood, e-mail, 24.05.2011 20:17

I first encountered the F-86D at Tyndall AFB in 1954. This was Air Training Command and we trained the intercepter pilots for the air defense commands. Later we received a newer version with a slightly longer wingspan designated the F-86L. Fond memories of hot flight lines and long hours.
CMSgt Retired


Art Espinoza, e-mail, 21.05.2011 17:26

I was a structural repair tecnician with the 513th FIS from 1954 to 1957 at RAF Station Manston. Lots of good memories and stories.


harold pete waugh, e-mail, 08.05.2011 22:37

anyone out there remeber my dad? FIS in Manston


Cindy Fielding, e-mail, 09.04.2011 20:52

My dad was stationed with the 496th in 1955 in Germany; the year they won the Hughes Trophy. They are having a reunion next month and would like to have the trophy for a few days. It seems that no one knows where it is. I have already contacted the National AF Museum and a number of other sites; thought I would talk to the people that were there that might know what happened to the trophy. My dad was James F. Ballard. Any thoughts?


deaftom, e-mail, 06.04.2011 03:04

My father flew the F-86D out of Sioux City, Iowa, as his first major posting out of USAF flight training in, I think, 1951. I'm not sure just what he and his fellow interceptor pilots were supposed to be protecting from Soviet bombers coming over the North Pole--the cornfields? Ain't much in Iowa. At any rate, he eventually rotated to Marietta, Georgia, where he converted to the B-57B in 1956.


John Irwin, e-mail, 04.04.2011 17:06

I was a T-33 and Dog instructor at Perrin 1853 through 1956. Sat alert much of the time during 1956 ... we were the only armed interceptors in south-central US.
Biggest problem with the Dog was the limited fuel supply. An intercept mission in mostly AB was a half-hour flight at the most.
The AB was restricted for a time. Taking off at P)errin at over 100 degrees with no AB was a real sphincter tightener. Fortunately the hill at the south end of the runway was not very high.


Darrell Meldrum, e-mail, 18.03.2011 17:04

2 Alert Birds were up on a practice intercept somebody didn't keep good tabs on fuel these were from Ellington AFB TX one Bird landed at College Station the other landed in a field in Iola TX touch down in the middle of a field hit a big pile of dirt bounced over a ditch landed in the middle of a dirt runway went off the end and bogged down pulled it out changed tires brakes brake lines gassed it up Maj.Jack Burden took it off the the 2 lane road wing tips were hanging over both sides Great pilot Just Passed RIP put me on KP once i deserved it


Darrell Meldrum, e-mail, 17.03.2011 17:10

I was crew chief with the Texas ANG Houston from 58 thru 68 we had F86D & L's .Bob Hoover Flew one of our birds for a demo for an air Show slow rolled Gear & Flaps down at 110 Knots looked like it was going to fall out of the air but it didn't 1960 We got F102's big change


Darrell Barr, e-mail, 15.03.2011 07:58

Was stationed at Misawa from May 1956 to Oct 1957. Spent time crewing on the flight line, but enjoyed working the alert pad the best.....good duty...best chow. Can only remember the names of two pilots: 1st Lt. Ange & 1st Lt. Ferry. Later met Captain Ange at Castle AFB when on grnd crew on KC-135s.


Roger Pile, e-mail, 02.03.2011 18:58

Flew the F86D/L with the 85th FIS at Scott AFB from 1956 until it was disbanded in July 1959. Had to eject from one when the oil pump failed and the engine froze before I could get it back on the ground. Landed in Mascoutah,Il about 3 miles from the base. Plane crashed at edge of town, across from a grammar school (which was in session), but there were no injuries to anyone, except my stiff neck from not having my head all the way back when I squeezed the ejection seat trigger.


Rod Martin, e-mail, 28.02.2011 02:26

I, too, served with the 496th at Landstuhl and Hahn, 1956-1958; Then later at George (F-100's). Also had my turn at Wheelus AFB, Tripoli for the training sessions with the tow planes. As an Aircraft mechanic, I thought the Dog was an easy plane to maintain. Enjoyed the nice country side at Hahn too.


RichardDRoyce, e-mail, 19.02.2011 06:41

I enjoyed working on the F86D &F102 At Ethan Allen AFB 1955 until 1959 Winoski,Vt. I retired in 1990 as a CMGT sure miss those days


Don O'Neal, e-mail, 17.02.2011 03:16

I was a Jet engine mechanic on the F-86D in the 37th FIS at Ethan Allen AFB Vermont, from 1955 to 1957.


Dan Vladic, e-mail, 09.02.2011 16:13

Joe Watkins, would like to hear from you give me a jingle


dan vladic, e-mail, 05.02.2011 22:21

i was stationed at landsthul afb 440th fis 1954-1957.was crew chief of fu 899 and fu 900.


Doug Hasert, e-mail, 24.01.2011 21:56

I was in the 440th at Erding Germany in 1957-8 as an aAircraft Electrician, went down to Wheelus as part od Dei,86 FIW. We replaced the 431st. It was a long 10 months working in Wheelus.


John C. Parlapiano, e-mail, 19.01.2011 04:19

I was assigned to the 440th FIS 1956 to 58 at Erding.I was the medic and assigned to the base hospital.I was CQ.


Darrell Barr, e-mail, 31.12.2010 02:33

I was assigned to the 4th F.I.S squadron in Misawa Japan early 1956. Started as asst. crew chief, then crew chief on the F-86D. I spent as much time on alert duty at the new alert hanger on the far end of the runway as I could. The duty was good and the chow was the best on the base. After about 22 months was transferred to KC-135s at Castle A.F.B., Merced Ca. Loved both aircraft, but got to fly with the KC-135s a lot. Would do it again if I could.


Art Benjamin, e-mail, 12.12.2010 21:22

I flew the F-86D in the 25th FIS at Naha Okinawa, '58-60. We deployed to Tainan during the Taiwan strait crisis of '58. Later, I flew STOL U-10's in Vietnam as an Air Commando. Then as an aero engineer & research pilot, was Chief of Test for the F-111, later flew nearly all versions of the C-135. Retired from the 4950th Test Wing at WPAFB in '78.


Dick Coykendall, e-mail, 20.11.2010 00:06

From '52 to '54 at Wright Field I was the technical contract officer on the J47-GE-17 engine on the F86D. We were experienceing a rash of fires due to afterburner fuel supply system failures and I, a lowly 2nd Lt, had to face tough Gen. Al Boyd, then Commander of the R&D organization. The result was two groundings of the Dog, with the cause traced eventually to fuel supply line failure and no air driven pump governing.


Charles Nemejc, e-mail, 10.11.2010 17:29

With the 431st FIS at Wheelus and the F86D. What a plane, enjoyed working on it, and the great people stationed at wheelus 1956-1958...........


Ed Jones, e-mail, 31.10.2010 17:35

What about the other models, such as the F-86F?


Ed Jesse, e-mail, 24.10.2010 03:04

Date, 23.10 2010
Well guys it looks like I am the new guy on the block. I was with the 496th from 56 to 60 in EFC on the 86 and AFCS on the Duce. Many great times and memorial drives back from Koblenz to Hahn. I loved the 86 and marveled at the 102.The best part is remembering all the good times we had back then especially when we get together at out Squardon Reunions at Myrtle Beach.


Bob Smith, e-mail, 19.10.2010 01:21

Served as C/C on F-86D #FU-408 in the 54th Fighter Intercepter SQDN @ Ellwworth AFB; 1953/1956. Ironically I returned 2-weeks after discharge and on the front page of the Rapid City paper was my old airplane in a heap after a crash. Pilot bailed and uninjured.


Joe Watkins, e-mail, 16.10.2010 17:18

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.


CMSgt (Ret) Ed Cherry, e-mail, 10.10.2010 17:26

I was a CC on F-86d's and L's with the Fla ANG 1955-1960. We sent our birds to the bone yard in AZ as we transitioned to F-102's. One on the 51-5915 ended up on a pole in San Carlos, AZ with the original paint and it is still there. You can see it by an image search on google by the number 51-5915.


Edward W (Web) Wallof, e-mail, 05.10.2010 23:18

In 1954, I was based at Itazuke at Fukuoka in Japan when our F-94B's were replaced with F-86D's. We, the 68th FIS, were the first squadron outside the continental US to be equipped with the "D". On our third flight we were required to climb to 45,000ft, point the aircraft toward a spot directly below, light the afterburner, dive straight down until exceeding the speed of sound. After doing this, and starting my pull-out, I noticed the exhaust nozzle indicator indicated fully closed nozzles; however from the obvious lack of thrust and low tail-pipe temperature, I was certain they were fully open . reported the problem and made a "flame-out" type approach and landing. I was met by approximately a dozen tech-reps, who assured me nothing similar to this had ever happened to one of their wonderful aircraft.


Robert Brown, CMGst, USAF (Ret, e-mail, 19.09.2010 01:52

In the latter part of my 1953-1957 tour as advisor to the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) DoD programed a couple squadrons of F-86F. A new base was established for these new aircraft into the RNoAF inventory. In those days when a new type aircraft was being put into place a massive supply support package was set up, called Table II. At the RNoAF main logistics depot I suggested they set up an automatic system of splitting the Table II. One third of each item would automatically go to the new base and two thirds into depot stock. The suggestion was implemented. This also reduced the amount of handling of supplies. By the time the first F86F arrived at it' new base, full supply support was on hand. This generated a favorable comment down the NATO chain of command. I did not remain in Norway long enough to get a full feeling of the performance of the plane but info I received later indicated RNoAF, USAF and NATO was happy with the new addition.


Jerry Holloway, e-mail, 06.09.2010 23:14

I was in the 357th FIS in casablanca in the fall of 1955 until the spring of 1957. I was c/c on a 86 that had nose art with one word in old English . it was MYASSISDRAGGING. I think the number was 403. anybody out there that has been there and done that?


Fritz Mueller, e-mail, 24.08.2010 23:58

I was in the 525th FIS when we transitioned to F-86D. Great bird to work on. Had many good times at Landstuhl and going TDY to wheelus. I was a radar Tech. I am currently in touch with some radar troops and Col. Pickron Sqdn Commander


mac, e-mail, 19.08.2010 16:47

Hi Mac Mccarthy here,was at yokota AFB japan from jan 1955 till june 1956,as a crew chief in the 35th fighter incept.group,and 41st fighter incept Sq.on the F-86Ds,MAC.


Marc McClelland, e-mail, 16.08.2010 18:08

I enjoyed flying both the F-86D and F-86L (The lower picture looks like an L to me. Arn't those wing slats I see?)with the 539th FIS at George in 1956 through '58. I later flew both the F-102 and F-106. We were diaappointed that the YF-12A, which was to be our next generation fighter-interceptor, did not get funded... I retired in '87.


Bob Flink, e-mail, 11.08.2010 19:27

I was with the 496th FIS at Hahn from 1957 to 1960 in the radar shop. I recall the "hanger queen" that Norm Kelley mentioned above and TDYs to Wheelus AFB in Lybia. The tube-based radar of the times required a lot of tuning and troubleshooting. Cross trained but never worked on the F-102.


Norman L Burris, e-mail, 28.05.2010 20:34

I serviced 4 years Aug. 1954 to April 1958 with the 514th FIS Manston England as crew chief on F86D #210033, the F86D was a great aircraft, meet alot of good friends in those four years,


Joe Ho;den, e-mail, 15.04.2010 23:32

Iwas one of the first AF pilots to recieve the full fourty hour course at Tyndall AFB. I was assigned to the 85th FIS at Scott AFB, shortly after completing the school I was sent TDY to ferry F-86D aircrsft from the factory and also the Norton AFB mod line to various bases throughout the US
I was then assigned to Grandview AFB( Richards Gabor)Missouri and flew the D till 1958, one of my favorite airplanes.


Norm Kelley, e-mail, 02.04.2010 23:52

I was with the 496th at Landstuhl in June of 1956 until our move to Hahn at the end of that year and then at Hahn until July of 1960. I was crew chief on the famous "hanger queen" 069, for the few times that it did get off the ground for scheduled test flights. A very memorable experience. The F102 tried to replace the "D" but failed.


Ray Frahn, e-mail, 27.02.2010 03:36

I was stationed at Misawa AFB - Jan 57 to Jan 59. Our 4th Fighter 86Ds won the PACAF Far East Weapons meet at Okinawa and represented the Far East at the Tyndal AFB 1958 Project William Tell. We got our clocks cleaned by a Nat. Guard outfit from Tex. William 'Ted' Twinting was our A&E officer. Fun time, fun aircraft ..


Don Holtz, e-mail, 07.02.2010 23:22

I flew the "D" with the 4th FIS at Misawa Japan, May of '57 to May of '59. Great duty for a brown bar. We fired some dummy rockets at a rag towed by a B-57 one day. My bird swallowed a fin from a rocket. Lucky I was close to Misawa. Landed down wind in the overrun and had to hop over the barrier. It took a few minutes for me to get steady enough to get out of the aircraft. Some fun.


Bob Krischel, e-mail, 12.01.2010 08:14

Ahh, yes the F-86D brings a lot of fond memories. I was with the 514th in England from 1955 until it got moved to Landstuhl AFB Germany. I believe we moved in 1958 and I was there until I got out in 1959. I was also a E-4 (radar) mechanic. I stayed out for 86 days after leaving Germany. Re-inlisted and went to Selfridge AFB, Mich. Went from 86D's to the F-106 A/B. (oh yes, what fast acting doors???)


Marvin Gehle, e-mail, 09.01.2010 05:34

I was a pilot at Naha in the 16th FIS from 1955 to 1956. I had an engine explosion during a flight. I had practiced an engine out flight previously and was able to return to Naha. It flies real good without an engine operating!


Bud (Slim) Reynolds, e-mail, 13.12.2009 19:21

I worked in the hangar doing 100 hour inspections on the F-86D the three years I spent in the 496th FIS in Germany.

We have a 496th reunion every year at Myrtle Beach, the officers and pilots also have a reunion every other year. Contact me if you're interested for more details.


"mac" McFarland, e-mail, 13.12.2009 05:54

I was a crew chief on 125 Jun 56-May 59 with the 496th FIS at Lansthul and then Hahn. The air museum I belong to is restoring a DOG. See www.mapsairmuseum.org


Jack R. Scott, e-mail, 12.11.2009 06:33

I was in the 526th F.I.S 1958-- And in the 514th F.I.S.
1958 TO 1960 -- E-4 fire control system mechanic (RADAR).
The F86D was A very good Aircraft. At Landstuhl A.F.B.and
later changed the name to Ramstein A.F.B. Good duty station.


Cecil Bail, e-mail, 14.10.2009 23:23

1955-1957 Was with the 16th Fighter Sqd. Naha Okniwa. Was an engine maintenance on the Dogs.


Clarence "bud" anderson, 22.08.2009 07:25

the K and l models were armed with 4 2omm cannon instead of the 24 rockets of the d model


Julian Lewis, e-mail, 05.06.2009 07:50

I arrived at the 68th FIS, Itazuke, Japan in November, 1958 and flew the F86D until we received F102s in 1960. My last flight in the F86D was Feb 11, 1960 when I delivered an F86 to the Korean Air Force at Pusan, Korea. At Itazuke we flew the F86D in some of the worse weather in the world and never lost an aircraft for any reason when F100s were dropping from the sky every day. Incidentally, Bob Hoover came to Itazuke and gave a demonstration of flying the F86 I'll never forget.


ron bonifer, e-mail, 16.05.2009 18:54

I WAS IN THE 496TH FIS AT LANDSTUHL CREW CHEIF IREMEMBER HARRY ROSE I THINK HE WAS FROM OHIO I AM FROM JASPER IN I WAS IN THE NCO CLUB THE NIGHT OF THE HUGHES TROPHY PARTY WHAT A PARTY IT WAS.


harry g rose, e-mail, 25.05.2008 20:12

i was ststioned at landstuhl afb germany in 1954 & 1955. i was the crew chief for col fishel during that time. it would be great to hear from anyone from that outfit. the 496th squadron did win the Hughes that year. one of the good parties was held in the NCO club just three days before i went back to the states. i have a few pictures that were taken at club. they show the trophy & the Col pouring champagne for all present. harry rose


Butch Owens, 09.05.2008 07:00

Limited experience at Naha Okinawa.
Scary/Dangerous airplane for ground crews with fast acting doors. I was happy to leave it for the F-102.


Dick Michaud, e-mail, 06.05.2008 06:34

In 1955, the 496th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, of which I was lucky enough to be a pilot, stationed at Landstuhl AFB, Germany, won the Hughes trophy as the outstanding FIS in the USAF. Interestingly, all the while we were losing aircraft due to faulty turbine wheel blades.


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