Who were the F86 Sabre Pilots Association?



"One of the most successful jet fighters of all time was the North American F-86 Sabre, the scourge of MiG pilots in the Korean War and the first swept wing fighter to fly for America. The day fighter and all weather versions of the aircraft were used in almost all Western countries, remaining in front line service for almost 20 years. Under license, it was built in Canada, Australia, Japan and Italy. The first prototype flew on Oct. 1, 1947 but it had been under development since 1944. The Sabre was an immediate success and went into service in February, 1949. When the Sabres arrived in Korea to meet the MiG threat, the bandits never knew what hit them."

Sabre drivers were proud of their steed and in 1981 formed a "Fighter Jocks" organization called, not surprisingly, the "F-86 Sabre Pilots Association." Membership was limited to those jocks who have flown the F-86 aircraft. All F-86 Wings of the Korean war are heavily represented as were the units in CONUS, Europe, Far East, ANG and Reserves.

This membership in its prime hit over 1,700 members world wide.

They were an international association with members representing 7 countries. Three of their members became Chief of Staff of the Air Force for their respected countries.

It was a 'Jock's Club' so they made no effort to cater to the elite. They acknowledged and congratulated all on their achievements but retain the camaraderie shared by airmen. Without a doubt, it was a premier retired fighter pilots organization.

Their stated goals of the association at that time was to perpetuate the history of the F-86 Sabre, the units to which she belonged and the pilots who flew her. A second goal was to link old Sabre jocks with their buddies. The third goal was to perpetuate an accurate, patriotic portrayal of our national history and heritage. They conducted numerous projects to achieve these goals.

They would publish three issues of their magazine "Sabre Jet Classics" each year.

They had reunions in Las Vegas approximately every 2 years. In 1997, about 1,000 people participated at the reunion.
They showed all that they knew how to party.



US Air Force 70 Years Poster



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Sabre Jet Classics Magazines

SPA Prose and Poetry

Additional SPA Articles

Sabre Photos from SPA.ORG


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F-86 Video Links

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4th Fighter Interceptor Wing Yearbook 1953-1954


Below is the link to the yearbook of the years 1953-1954. If anyone has the 1952-1953 year, the webmaster would be interested in the 336th section.

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Click on the above image to download. Note: 150 mb size.

To view the 1954 full 336th Fabulous Rocketeers squadron photo with names, click here.



A Nickel on the Grass


A Nickel on the Grass: The Real Story




Latest SabreJets Classics Magazine


To view the final SabreJet Classics (Volume 24, Number 2), click on the above photo.



Notice: SPAADS Reunion 2018

The National & Vancouver Committees extend an warm invitation to F-86 Sabre Pilots and their significant others to attend our 2018 reunion.

(Sabre Pilots Association of Air Division Squadrons)

Friday September 7th to Monday September 10th, 2018

To register, click here for information: SPAADS2018

SPAADS (pdf reunion form)

SPAADS 2018 Website



F-86 Sabre Veterans Deactivate 35-Year Association

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By Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs / Published May 05, 2017

Throughout the storied past of Army Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force, many aircraft have laid the foundation for today’s fleet of air power.

The F-86 Sabre, or SabreJet, is one of the cornerstones upon which the modern Air Force was built since its inaugural flight on Oct. 1, 1947.

The F-86 Sabre Association met on April 24 on the flightline here to pay homage to this retired jet and the Airmen who flew it for the last time.

"The first forming of the association took place in 1981, when three of our pilots got together and realized we needed to have a reunion and an organization," said retired Lt. Col. J.R. Alley, F-86 Sabre Association president. "It started to grow and grow into the mid-90s and it became more organized. We grew in personnel from that small amount in the mid-90s to almost 2,000 worldwide."

The F-86 Sabre was originally designed as a high-altitude fighter, making it highly valued during the Korean War. Subsequently, it was redesigned as an all-weather interceptor and fighter bomber.

"In that era, (the Air Force) had 300 F-86s at that time," said Alley. "It was a different mindset of flying, very aggressive, and you had to do everything better, tighter and faster than the other guy."

The first Sabre arrived at Nellis for testing and training in 1949 and was assigned to the 3525th Aircraft Gunnery Squadron. By late 1950, an average of 27 F-86s were on base.

In early January 1952, after being sent back to the factory for modifications, the F-86 was fully implemented into the Combat Crew Training School. The Nellis training mission grew and implemented pilots from the Royal Air Force, becoming the pride of Air Training Command until the aircraft was removed from Nellis in June 1966.

Soon after the end of the F-86 at Nellis, production halted on the jet in December 1966.

The organization's members travelled to Nellis to have one last reunion before disbanding after 35 years.

"The average age of the group is now around 86 to 87 (years old), the World War II guys who flew in Korea are up in their 90s, and the ones who actually flew in the Korean War are in their late 80s," said Alley. "So this will be our last reunion, and we are going to stand down. It’s been tremendous to come out and have Nellis put this on for us."

While the F-86's operational days came to an end, the jet has found its home with the Air Force Heritage Flight, performing at air shows around the country.

"We always like to look back at our heritage," said Alley. "What we were and how we have come along the way. If you forget that then you start losing things."



Wilf Hardy


A painting by Wilf Hardy (7 July 1938 - 2016).

Wilf presented his artistic abilities in painting aerial combat scenes. A tremendous job above of F-86's in Korea!



F-86 Sunset Flight Demonstration

Published on Jul 22, 2016

The Planes of Fame Air Show 2016 featured a sunset solo aerobatics performance by Tommy Williams in the Planes of Fame Air Museum F-86F during the Friday performance.

Planes of Fame Air Museum
Where Warbirds Fly



Dedication to all F-86 Pilots



Heritage Flight

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Massey
Sabres FU-756 FU-834 FU-666

Three F-86 Sabres and an F-22 Raptor fly in formation during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

Steve Hinton, Ed Shipley and Dan Friedkin leading the F-22 Raptor.



RoCAF Photos and Information Circa 1955


To view RoCAF photos and information, click on the above photo.



Canadian CL-13 MK-5



F-86 Sabre Historical Web Ring Guide
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Sabre Pilots Association

Duncan's Sabre Website

Every Man A Tiger

S/N 52-4539 Website

Sabre Website Links

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All information is listed for historical and educational purposes. The F-86 Sabre Pilots Association will stand down after being organized 35 years ago.My mission is to return this website to preserve the history of the F86 Sabre jet and the men who flew them for current and future generations.

To contact the webmaster, or to post comments/links on this website; email me at: eric@yocumusa.com

Website created: September 14, 2017