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Check Six: Transporting Aircraft to Hawaii – 66 years ago

August 24, 2019

Hawaii Air National Guard Photograph | click to enlarge

Tuesday’s post about the 199th Fighter Squadron entering the jet age brings up a good question. How did these jets with limited flight range and no air refueling capability get to Hawaii?

F-86E Sabres and T-33 Shooting Stars were transported to Hawaii on an aircraft carrier. This carrier was probably a “jeep” or support carrier used in World War II. The planes were encased with a protective wrapping to protect them from the salt air during the voyage from the West Coast.

When you enlarge the photograph, you can see the F-86s and T-33s in their cocoon wrapping. It appears the Navy places with the folded wings are unwrapped.

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