assigned to the 113th Fighter Squadron and the 85th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
-- 1951 through 1959
This F-51D was assigned to the 85th FIS
Serial number: 44-63788 It was destroyed in
a fatal crash in Europe in 1988.
WWII markings of 85th Fighter Squadron
P-51H (not an 85th aircraft) Picture of assigned H model not available
similiar to assigned aircraft. Looking for
Concerning F-86D/L assigned to the 85th... Duncan Curtiss, noted researcher and author recently sent the following information. Thanks Duncan.
F-86D equipment of 85th FIS comprised 8 F-86D-20, one F-86D-30 and 18 F-86D-35
aircraft (a total of 27). The first was assigned to 85th FIS straight from North
This batch of aircraft were retained by 85th FIS until July 1954 when they began to be ferried out to McClellan AFB for slotting into the Project Pull-Out conversion line (to bring them up to a common F-86D-45 standard).
In their place, 24 Pull-Out converted F-86D-31 aircraft arrived (serial numbers included in the range 51-5995 to 6141), and these were retained until May and June 1955, when they were reassigned to McClellan AFB and North American at Fresno for overhaul.
The third batch of F-86Ds operated by 85th FIS were F-86D-41s, similarly Pull-Out converted aircraft, this time with serials in the 52-3598 to 3897 range. (I don't know why the squadron completely re-equipped with similar aircraft at this point, but I'd like to know) . The F-86D-41s were retained until March 1957 when all the survivors were routed into the
The fourth and final allotment of Sabres to 85th FIS were a mixture of F-86L-45, 50, 55 and -60 aircraft, delivered from June 1957. When the Sabres were phased out, most were transferred out to Texas ANG squadrons in June/July 1959.
Hope this helps sort dates out, etc. I'm currently working on my third F-86 book - detailing all F-86D/K/L squadrons. Any help (especially photographs and recollections) would be gratefully received.
the only full color picture of assigned F-86D known
to exist. Help !!
detail graphic. Early F-86D. Courtesy of Duncan Curtis
Depicts aircraft assigned 1/Lt Frank Hannold c1953
on F-86L in 1959. Courtesy Duncan Curtis
ramp at Scott. It was assigned to 1/Lt Robert Lynch.
Bob's helmet, as painted by art students, is on windscreen.
is a model made by Bob Archibald.
Picture courtesy of Harry Bell, L-20 Crew Chief