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F-86F Sabre: Longstanding symbol of U.S.-Japan alliance

An F-86F Sabre displays both 13th and 14th Fighter Squadron colors on its tail as it sits in Risner Circle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. By mid-1953, Fifth Air Force described the aircraft as the most-suitable fighter-bomber during the Korean War. The aircraft didn’t have operating problems and was noted for its stability at high altitudes. The aircraft remains emblazoned today with both 3rd Air Wing and 35th Fighter Wing shields, symbolizing the U.S.-Japan alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo)

An F-86F Sabre displays both 13th and 14th Fighter Squadron colors on its tail as it sits in Risner Circle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. By mid-1953, Fifth Air Force described the aircraft as the most-suitable fighter-bomber during the Korean War. The aircraft didn’t have operating problems and was noted for its stability at high altitudes. The aircraft remains emblazoned today with both 3rd Air Wing and 35th Fighter Wing shields, symbolizing the U.S.-Japan alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo)

An F-86F Sabre sits in Risner Circle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. The F-86F model began production in 1952. Both U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force units at Misawa AB utilized the aircraft until 1979. The aircraft downed 14 MIGs for every one F-86 lost in combat during the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

An F-86F Sabre sits in Risner Circle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. The F-86F model began production in 1952. Both U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force units at Misawa AB utilized the aircraft until 1979. The aircraft downed 14 MIGs for every one F-86 lost in combat during the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

An F-86F Sabre dedication plaque sits in Risner Circle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. After the first Combined Air Festival in 1980, the Japanese and American base commanders decided to use the F-86 as a symbol of the Japan-U.S. friendship. Service members from Hamamatsu Air Base, Japan, dissembled the aircraft and it arrived at Misawa AB on July 3, 1981, to be reassembled and displayed. Engraved on this plaque is the statement, “This aircraft is dedicated to the friendship between the Japanese and American peoples. May it live forever.” (U.S. Air Force photo)

An F-86F Sabre dedication plaque sits in Risner Circle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. After the first Combined Air Festival in 1980, the Japanese and American base commanders decided to use the F-86 as a symbol of the Japan-U.S. friendship. Service members from Hamamatsu Air Base, Japan, disassembled the aircraft and it arrived at Misawa AB on July 3, 1981, to be reassembled and displayed. Engraved on this plaque is the statement, “This aircraft is dedicated to the friendship between the Japanese and American peoples. May it live forever.” (U.S. Air Force photo)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chad Usher, the 35th Fighter Wing public affairs NCO in charge, poses for a photo in front of an F-86F Sabre at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. The F-86F played a significant role in the Korean War in 1952 by downing 14 MIGs for every one F-86 lost in combat during the war, paving a way for Airmen serving at Misawa AB today. (U.S. Air Force photo)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chad Usher, the 35th Fighter Wing public affairs NCO in charge, poses for a photo in front of an F-86F Sabre at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. The F-86F played a significant role in the Korean War in 1952 by downing 14 MIGs for every one F-86 lost in combat during the war, paving a way for Airmen serving at Misawa AB today. (U.S. Air Force photo)

An F-86F Sabre displays its tail number and a "USAF" marking in Risner Circle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. The aircraft could climb 6,000 ft per minute and reached a maximum speed of 690 mph. The model began production in 1952, and both U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force units at Misawa AB utilized the aircraft until 1979, downing 818 MIGs during the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo)

An F-86F Sabre displays its tail number and a "USAF" marking in Risner Circle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. The aircraft could climb 6,000 ft per minute and reached a maximum speed of 690 mph. The model began production in 1952, and both U.S. Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force units at Misawa AB utilized the aircraft until 1979, downing 818 MIGs during the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo)

An F-86F Sabre sits in Risner Circle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. After the first Combined Air Festival in 1980, the Japanese and American base commanders decided to use the F-86 as a symbol of the Japan-U.S. friendship. Service members from Hamamatsu Air Base, Japan, dissembled the aircraft and it arrived at Misawa AB on July 3, 1981, to be reassembled and displayed. (U.S. Air Force photo)

An F-86F Sabre sits in Risner Circle at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. After the first Combined Air Festival in 1980, the Japanese and American base commanders decided to use the F-86 as a symbol of the Japan-U.S. friendship. Service members from Hamamatsu Air Base, Japan, disassembled the aircraft and it arrived at Misawa AB on July 3, 1981, to be reassembled and displayed. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A dedication date displays on the F-86F Sabre plaque at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force and U.S. Air Force dedicated an F-86F in Risner Circle, Sept. 6, 1981, as a symbol of friendship between the two nations. Hamamatsu AB, Japan, service members disassembled the aircraft and reconstructed it at Misawa AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

A dedication date displays on the F-86F Sabre plaque at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Dec. 18, 2018. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force and U.S. Air Force dedicated an F-86F in Risner Circle, Sept. 6, 1981, as a symbol of friendship between the two nations. Hamamatsu AB, Japan, service members disassembled the aircraft and reconstructed it at Misawa AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sadie Colbert)

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.