f86s being ferried to Germany

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clouddancer on December 5, 2007

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!

Donald M. Hall on December 4, 2008

Do you know when this photo was taken?

Thanks.

Don Hall Yreka, CA

vicinolf on December 4, 2008

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.

Vic

Donald M. Hall on December 5, 2008

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.

Don

samherron on January 10, 2009

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.

vicinolf on January 10, 2009

Send me an emailand I'll return a few photos.

vmatloff@roadrunner.com

daniel adrian Urquio… on May 25, 2009

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

vicinolf on May 25, 2009

Hi Daniel, 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.

Vic

daniel adrian Urquio… on June 21, 2009

Thank you for the answer! I'll try to fly it on Flight Simulator.

vicinolf on June 21, 2009

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.

daniel adrian Urquio… on June 21, 2009

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. daniel.a.urquiola@gmail.com

André Bonacin on July 6, 2010

Very interesting! I saw some F-86s, but nothing like that! Best regards, André.

GEMAC44 on September 8, 2010

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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