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Just a little exercise in nostalgia - a couple of nights ago here there was a fine colourful sunset with an airliner drawing a golden contrail out to the west. This formed the inspiration for this image - along with all the memories of the quiet beauty of such high altitude flight, long before the skies became crowded with commercial stuff - so the archive trawl came up with these F86 images and a suitable sky. The lyric just adds the final touch - if you can remember it you are of a certain age!!
One of the real classics of the early jet age the F86 (Sabre) saw much operational action in Korea and continued in front-line service well into the 1950�s. As elegant in design as it was capable in performance the Sabre remained a favourite with many Air Forces. The RAF took delivery of over 450 with the RCAF another enthusiastic user - there are numerous examples still flying, out of the 7,800 built, all in the hands of warbird restorers. The aircraft in the image flies regularly at the Duxford airshows.
January 10th, 2012
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