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.