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Check Six – Late 1950s: Scramble at the Alert Pad

June 3, 2021
Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

This undated photograph shows pilots and mechanics responding to a scramble alrert at the Alert Pad – now more formally as the Alert Facility. Mechanic Arthur Lee and pilot Robert “Deano” Hinkley, Sr., are sprinting to their aircraft for launch.

There were two North American Aviation F-86L Sabre Interceptors on 5 minute launch response. The 199th Fighter Squadron flew F-86L from 1958-1961, when they converted to Convair F-102A Delta Daggers.

Thanks to Randall Lum for identification help.

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