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Restoration to flight continues on F-86F Sabre 52-5116

Photo: F-86F 52-5116 in the midst of major upgrades. Water bottles are used to keep center-of-gravity forward until engine and tail are re-installed. WITH THANKS TO JOHN GOURLEY


John Gourley of Global Aviation Management in Titusville, Florida has kindly sent us the following update and images on the 10-year restoration of North American F-86F Sabre 52-5116.

The work continues on the world’s only “new” Sabre:

F-86F 52-5116 restoration efforts have been ongoing, as extensive inspections, upgrades, and modernisation of the cockpit are nearing completion. Hydraulic lines have been replaced, the storage capacity of breathing oxygen has been increased, a new instrument panel is being prepared and an entirely new wiring system has been fabricated. The workers and staff at Doug Matthews’ Classic Fighters are excited about the impending maiden flight and evaluation trials soon to begin.

Don Swickert checks the fit and ease of movement of the reconditioned canopy. It was then removed for painting and installation of specific components. Both photos – Classic Fighters/John Gourley



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