Old Warden has certainly moved on since I last visited as a child in the seventies..... jets..... It's great that they have managed to keep this icon airworthy. Much respect to them. Great capture by the way
I'm not going to argue with that, I could even go as far to say they are the best looking of all aircraft types. These aircraft have all the graceful lines that made their piston predecessors so special, without interrupting those lines for a big engine and prop up front. I am more of a prop enthusiast than jet, however these early classics are my exception. I would also tie in the F-84 (Straight winged varant) and the Glostor Meteor with the Sabre and Hunter too.
I did a little snooping around the net and found this quote from a story about her restoration. Hope this helps?
"Eventually, F-86 wings with leading edges were found at another surplus dealer. Removal of the leading edges and installation on `178 was a giant undertaking. In the process, it was discovered that the slats were incompatible with the configuration of '178s wing. The restoration team (Ben Hall and four dedicated associates) decided that the leading edges should be installed with the slats permanently secured in the "Closed" position. They fashioned a procedure to do this, and for good measure, a mid-wing airflow `fence' was added. This resulted in an F-86A with a wing that resembled the F-86F '6-3 hard wing'."
Here's the full website if you want to read the rest. [link]
OK Thanks for the link. To me it looks funny seeing an early F-86 w/ a "6-3" wing. If you can find one, I recommend you get a copy of Ray Wagner's old F-86 book. I have had one since the 1970's. A good reference for the Sabre is [link] . A good explaination of the wings is located [link] .
Thank you very much! Yes he certainly does, there is always a topside pass or two. It's great to see such a beautiful aircraft displayed in a way which really shows it off.
Sadly it looks as though we are going to loose her soon though. It will be a sad day if and when she leaves these shores. I still remember seeing her paired with the MiG-15, and later the T-33. I guess we are just going to have to hope somebody this side of the Atlantic buys her.