Thank you vicinolf for the nice photo of the North American F-86s being ferried to Germany. Do you see the airplane on the runway behind the F-86s? That's Boeing B-29. I'm thinking he is about to takeoff. Greenland is beautiful!
Do you know when this photo was taken?
Don, Thanks for your comment. The photo was taken in 1953 while we were involved in a feasibility study to see if it was possible to move large numbers of fighter aircraft from the U.S. to Europe. Due to range limitations, several refueling. stops had to be planned. I had made three crossings prior to this one and was leading the48 aircraft wing to Germany.
If you are interested, I have several pix that i would be happy to email to you.
Thanks for your response. F86s were probably the first jet fighter I was really aware of growing up. I would love to see your pictures, if you don't mind.
Recently met a man who was a navigator on C47 during the Berlin Airlift and heard some pretty interesting stories from him. I've known him for years, he'd just never talked about it before.
BASED ON THE PAINT SCHEMES, I BELIEVE THIS WAS THE 21ST FIGHTER BOMBER WING HEADED TO CHAMBLEY FRANCE. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE WINTER OF 1953/1954.
IN 1956 I LANDED AT NARSARSUAQ DURING A DELIVERY FLIGHT OF 12 F-86s TO MADRID SPAIN.
I WOULD APPRECIATE A COPY OF THESE PHOTOS.
Send me an emailand I'll return a few photos.
Vicinolf, Thank you very much for posting your excellent pic. To cross the Atlantic on the Sabres had to been an exciting an amazing adventures. I'd to know which route did you use for if you dont mind. Best Regards, Daniel Urquiola
Due to the somewhat limited range of the 1950's fighters we started our flights in Bangor, Maine then on to Goose Bay, Labrador, BW1(Narsarsuaq), Greenland, Keflavik, Iceland, Prestwick, Scotland and then to our final destinations. It could take as little as 4 days or as long as 4 weeks, depending on weather conditions.
Thank you for the answer! I'll try to fly it on Flight Simulator.
Does your simulator allow you to fly up the fjord from the ocean to the airport. That is a truly "interesting" trip the first time you make it.
Sir, Vicinolf. Just now I'm planning your entire large route. There are legs of no more than 700 Nm.
I'd love to get in touch with you, if you don't mine. email@example.com
Very interesting! I saw some F-86s, but nothing like that! Best regards, André.
A very historic photograph especially in colour,and shows the number of aircraft involved in these long, and potentially hazardous ferry flights. Well done to Vic for recording these historic events, I wish there were more like him.
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Photo taken in Narsarsuaq, Greenland
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