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F-86 At The Aviation Heritage Museum

 

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27/11/2013 - Received email from Leone that a F-86 was at a salvage yard. Turns out it was at the Perth Metals Recycler at 12 Whyalla in Willetton. Talked to Matt Sharkey and arranged to see it. Made a deal for $2k for the aircraft. Told him that I would let him know by Friday. That is when they were going to scrap it. It was going to be turned into little square Aluminium blocks. Talked to President of RAAFA, Graeme Bland about acquisition of F-86. Positive. Talked to CEO John Murray and he was positive. Called Matt and he had three other customers want it, I told him we would take it. 

28/11/2013 - Received permission from CEO to go ahead with the purchase. Got cheque from CEO. Went to the salvage yard with Malcolm Sweetman (Team Leader of the workshop to meet with Goldstar Transport to discuss move. Paid the money and got donation form signed. Goldstar will pick up tomorrow and deliver it to the Museum. 

29/11/2013 - Goldstar transport picked up the F-86 from the salvage yard in Willerton on two trucks.  They had arranged for a crane to meet them at the Museum. The plane was off loaded without incident into the side yard off the South Wing.

4/11/2013 - A sign up list was put on the front desk appealing for volunteers to joon a committee and or a restoration group for the F-86. Information on the craft was collected by Mike Mirkavic.

6/12/2013 - The workshop guys moved the wings to the East side of the Museum to allow access to the Museum through the East gate. Maintenance covered the fuselage with a tarp.

 

 

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Comments 6

Guest - Terry Fletcher on Thursday, 05 December 2013 16:14

Hi - Terry from the United kingdom - saw a tweet that someone was looking for the history of this F-86 aircraft - wondered if your folk had seen this forum link when the aircraft arrived in Perth in 2008

Follow the thread right to the end
http://avcom.co.za/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=37048

Hope this helps
Terry

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Hi - Terry from the United kingdom - saw a tweet that someone was looking for the history of this F-86 aircraft - wondered if your folk had seen this forum link when the aircraft arrived in Perth in 2008 Follow the thread right to the end http://avcom.co.za/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=37048 Hope this helps Terry
Guest - MOnique Lyons on Monday, 23 December 2013 20:27

Hi guys, well done on saving one of our Sabres!

I'm in the UK now, but used to volunteer at the SAAF Museum in Cape Town where another CL13B '372' was restored to static condition.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/297613867602/

Good luck and please keep us updated on the progress!

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Hi guys, well done on saving one of our Sabres! I'm in the UK now, but used to volunteer at the SAAF Museum in Cape Town where another CL13B '372' was restored to static condition. https://www.facebook.com/groups/297613867602/ Good luck and please keep us updated on the progress!
Guest - Don Christopher on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 01:06

I am happy to see that this old bird is in good hands and saved from the scrap heap. She was built in the Canadair plant in Montreal in 1952, took flight for the first time 11.5.52, TOS by the RCAF 14.8.52 and SOS 18.6.54 . She flew for both RCAF 413 and 421 Sqns after which she went to Greece. All info taken form Larry Milberry's book, The Canadair Sabre. Good luck!!

Don C

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I am happy to see that this old bird is in good hands and saved from the scrap heap. She was built in the Canadair plant in Montreal in 1952, took flight for the first time 11.5.52, TOS by the RCAF 14.8.52 and SOS 18.6.54 . She flew for both RCAF 413 and 421 Sqns after which she went to Greece. All info taken form Larry Milberry's book, The Canadair Sabre. Good luck!! Don C
Guest - Bill Gorin on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 08:11

Hello from Texas! I am with the Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth, Texas USA. Learned of your Sabre on Warbird Information Exchange http://warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=51693 We have a large stockpile of North American F-86F parts that we are trying to sell. Some of them might be useful on your Sabre. Please email me at if you are interested and I will send you a list of parts and some photos of the parts. We have elevators, rudder, wings, too many parts to list here. These are for sale, not a donation as we too are a non-profit aviation museum.

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Hello from Texas! I am with the Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth, Texas USA. Learned of your Sabre on Warbird Information Exchange http://warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=51693 We have a large stockpile of North American F-86F parts that we are trying to sell. Some of them might be useful on your Sabre. Please email me at if you are interested and I will send you a list of parts and some photos of the parts. We have elevators, rudder, wings, too many parts to list here. These are for sale, not a donation as we too are a non-profit aviation museum.
Guest - Angelo Calleja on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:40

Good to know that the aircraft did not go to scrap, an F-86 will be of interest in this country
at Queensland Air Museum we got A94-935

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Good to know that the aircraft did not go to scrap, an F-86 will be of interest in this country at Queensland Air Museum we got A94-935
Guest - spotpro on Friday, 08 January 2016 21:16

Curious to know how a south African air force aircraft donated to kempton school in gauteng gets to end up in oz ... Very curious

Please contact Chris teale at saaf museum if u need more info on the aircraft +27215086911

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Curious to know how a south African air force aircraft donated to kempton school in gauteng gets to end up in oz ... Very curious Please contact Chris teale at saaf museum if u need more info on the aircraft +27215086911