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Check Six – Late 1950s: F-86L Sabre Interceptors

January 30, 2021
Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

Beginning in 1958, the 199th Fighter Squadron received North American F-86L Sabre Interceptors. These upgrades of the original F-86D Sabres included new electronics, extended wingtips and wing leading edges, revised cockpit layout, and an uprated engine. Additionally, the “L” model could integrate with Control Interceptor station radar and could operate 24/7/365 in all weather conditions. There were 981 upgraded “L” aircraft. 

The squadron flew F-86Ls until 1961 when they completed the conversion to Convair F-102A Delta Daggers. 


For those too young: The “TH” on the fuselage represents Territory of Hawaii Air National Guard. Hawaii became a state on August 21, 1959.

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