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Falcon Models Wings of Fame FA723001
North American F-86D Sabre Dog Diecast Model
USAF 519th ADG, 75th FIS Tiger Sharks, Suffolk County AFB, NY, August 1953

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
North American F-86D Sabre Dog   6.75"   6.25"

On December 17th, 1941, the American Volunteer Group aka "Flying Tigers" was officially incorporated into the United States Army Air Force as part of the 23rd Fighter Group. The AVG's 2nd Fighter Squadron then became the 75th Pursuit Squadron and was later redesignated 75th Fighter Squadron. In 1944 the squadron traded its famous P-40 Warhawks for the P-51 Mustang and was flying the P-47 Thunderbolt when it finally left China to return to the US. Stationed primarily at bases on the East Coast of the US, the squadron transitioned through the F-86 Sabre, F-101 Voodoo and A-7 Corsair II before upgrading to the A-10 Thunderbolt II that it flies today from its home at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.

F-86D #51-6160 was operated by the 75th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (as they were then known) in 1953 from Suffolk County Air Force Base, New York. Its fuselage bore the 75th Fighter Squadron "Tiger Sharks" insignia while the engine intake was adorned with a shark's mouth, paying homage to the squadron's rich ancestory and those reknowned shark-mouthed P-40 Warhawks of WWII.

North American F-86D Sabre Dog

Designed to meet a USAAF requirement for a day-fighter/escort fighter/dive-bomber, the F-86 was first flown on October 1st, 1947. The Sabre's swept-wing "flying tail" configuration and a hydraulic flight-control system were some of its many firsts in technology and design that have now become standard for jet-powered aircraft. Armed with six 50 caliber machine guns, the F-86 saw extensive action in the Korean War, where it was often pitted against the MiG-15. The Sabre pilot had to be in visual contact with the enemy in order to attempt a shoot-down, thereby making this aircraft the last true "dogfighter" in Air Force inventory.

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Falcon Models' 1:72 scale F-86D is constructed of almost-solid diecast metal with only the smallest amount of plastic used, giving it a hefty feel. Crisp rivet and panel line details have been cast into the fuselage and accurately sculpted rudder. The hinged canopy opens for an unobstructed view of the cockpit's interior features, such as the pad-printed front and side instrument panels, pilot seat and control stick. The solid metal wing is cleverly fitted to the fuselage, with the seams visible only on the underside. Additional features include afterburner details deep inside the engine's exhaust nozzle while some models include wing mounted fuel tanks and a ventral mounted rocket tray.

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Falcon Models Wings of Fame

The Falcon Models "Wings of Fame" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Falcon Models "Wings of Fame" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic fixed ordnance loads.

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