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December 19, 2008
F-86 Sabre Jet Arrives At The Valiant Air CommandThe Valiant Air Command is pleased and excited to announce that a world famous F-86 Sabre jet is now based at it's Titusville Warbird Musuem. This particular F-86 was built in 1953 and initially served in the USAF, before being transferred to Argentina; where it served from 1960 until 1988. At that time it was purchased and lovingly restored by Mr. Tom Righetti, who has since passed away. The aircraft is now owned by his wife and is flown to many airshows around the country by Mr. Dale Snodgrass. The Valiant Air Command is honored to have this F-86 loaned to us for public display
The North American F-86 Sabre was arguably the most successful and elegant American fighter of the 1950s. F-86 pilots established a kill ratio of nearly 10:1 over the MiG-15 and it became known as the MiG killer. Of the 40 American pilots who earned the designation of ace during the Korean war, all but one flew the F-86 Sabre. So come out and see this truly magnificent machine and veteran of the Korean War.
Nearly 10,000 F-86s in 11 different variants were produced and operated by 96 allied countries. U.S. production of the Sabre jet ended in December 1956; with the last F-86 leaving USAF active units in 1958. However, the F-86 continued to fly as a front line fighter for years in many countries and in the Bolivia until 1994.
The Valiant Air Command is located at the Space Coast Regional Airport at 6600 Tico Road in Titusville. Our website is www.vacwarbirds.org and our phone number is 321-268-1941.
For more information:
Colonel Terry Yon, USA (Ret)
Public Relations Officer
Valiant Air Command