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The F-86 Sabre was the first swept-wing jet fighter. It carried a single pilot and was designed by North American Aviation of Inglewood, California. The F-86D was an all-weather interceptor version of the famous F-86A. The F-86A demonstrated it's superiority over the MiG 15 during the Korean War. For much of the 1950s, the F-86D was the backbone of United States mainland defense. The F-86D Sabre set two world's speed records. The first was 698.505 miles per hour on November 19, 1952. The second was 715.697 miles per hour on July 16, 1953. Both records occurred at a 3-km course at Salton Sea, California.
In early 1961, the West Covina Junior Jaycees were planning several improvements to Palm View Park. They received a generous offer from North American Aviation of manpower and equipment to transport the F-86D Sabre from Ontario International Airport to West Covina. Arriving at West Covina, it would be presented to the city by the United States Air Force and the Jaycees. The Jaycees cut through substantial red tape in obtaining the plane and securing the proper permits and permission to place it in the park. The Sabre's electronics and jet engine (General Electric J47-GE-17B) were removed in anticipation of the move. In May 1961, the Sabre was finally on its way. It's final trip was by road--compliments of the North American Aviation transportation department.
In service to our country.
The above photo of the Palm View Park Sabre Jet was taken in July 1955 during a rocket meet in Yuma, Arizona.
Special thanks to Elliott P. Smith, former 1st Lt USAF and Airborne Electronics Officer of the 326 FIS at Grandview AFB.