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F-86F on the move


An F-86F Sabre at Sembach in Germany is being moved to Ramstein.

December 8: A North American F-86F Sabre currently on display at Sembach in Germany is being moved to Ramstein Air Base where it once served.

On display at Sembach since 1973, the F-86F flew with the 86th Fighter-Bomber Wing at Ramstein during the 1950s. The move is being handled by the 86th Maintenance Squadron, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron and 786th Civil Engineer Squadron currently based at Ramstein.

“It’s their appreciation of Air Force history and heritage that enabled the rescue of this aircraft,” said James Fitzpatrick, 86th Civil Engineer Group deputy commander. “If not for the love of their craft, confidence in their expertise and willingness to accept the risk of transporting the F-86F, we would have needed to hire a contractor at a cost of several thousand dollars.”

Once at Ramstein, the aircraft will then be refurbished and painted in its original 1952 colours, then placed in one of the larger traffic circles near the Kaiserslautern Military Community Centre.

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