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Check Six – Late 1950s: Event Formation

September 7, 2021
Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

This undated photograph show members of the 199th Fighter Squadron and associated support units in formation. The formation was in Area 65 of Hickam AFB where the Hawai‘i Air National Guard facilities were located. There are F-86L Sabre Interceptors in the background. This photograph was taken between 1958 and 1961 when the 199th Fighter Squadron flew “Ls”.

The 199th Fighter Squadron joined the jet age in 1954 when it finally retired its aging F-38 Thunderbolts. Many F-86E Sabres were available after the close of the Korean War.

The squadron stood runway alert as part of the air defense forces in Hawai‘i beginning in 1954. Alert pilots were on duty from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset each day. Beginning in 1958, the squadron received F86L Sabre Interceptors which could be controlled by Ground Control Interceptor station radars and could operate 24/7/365 in all weather conditions.

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