F-86F Sabre: Longstanding symbol of U.S.-Japan alliance
By Senior Airman Sadie Colbert, 35th Fighter Wing
/ Published January 09, 2019
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --
Risner Circle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, displays the F-86F as a static aircraft today.
After the first Combined Air Festival in 1980, the Japanese and American base commanders dedicated an F-86F as a symbol of the U.S.-Japan friendship.
The F-86F Sabre began production in 1952, and gained popularity during the Korean War. It displayed a superior ability to survive, had no operating problems and effectively stable at high altitudes. By mid-1953, Fifth Air Force described it as the most suitable fighter-bomber in Korea, downing 818 MIGs during combat.