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North American F-86 Sabre Dog

F-86L Sabre, an early fighter, painted in the markings of the 37th Fighter Intercept Squadron of the 14th Fighter Intercept Wing based at Ethan Allen Air Force Base in Burlington, Vermont. Later model F-86 featured a radar nose above the jet intake. Crews often referred to these as Sabre Dogs because the long nose could sniff out prey much like hunting dogs.

Northrop F-89 Scorpion
F-89J Scorpion, an early jet fighter purpose built as an all-weather interceptor. It is painted in the markings of the 59th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Goose Bay Air Base, Labrador. The Scorpion was the first fighter to carry a nuclear weapon.

North American F-100 Super Sabre
This F-100D is painted in the markings of the Thunderbirds Air Force Demonstration Team. The Super Sabre flew with the Thunderbirds for 8 years. As a follow-on to the F-86 Saber, it was able to fly supersonic. The F-100 distinguished itself in Vietnam, where 242 of the aircraft were lost in over 350,000 combat flights.

McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
The F-101 Voodoo was built by McDonnell prior to its merger with Douglas Aircraft. This example is a F-101F, a dual control trainer, which served with the 4440th Air Defense Group based at Langley AFB. The Voodoo has distinctive wing-root air intakes. This is to make room for an internal weapons bay in front of the engines.

Republic F-105 Thunderchief
This Republic F-105D Thunderchief was on display at Langley AFB, but was moved to Air Power Park sometime in the later 1990s or early 2000s. The Thud, as it is commonly called, is the largest single engine aircraft to have been used by the military.

LTV A-7 Corsair II
The LTV A-7 Corsair II is a subsonic strike aircraft that was initially deployed by the US Navy. It was later adopted by the Air Force. This A-7E was operated by VA-37, known as the Ragin’ Bulls. Note the bull painted on the tail. They flew the Corsair II from 1966 to 1990, when they upgraded to the F-18 Hornet. The Corsair II uses a high-bypass turbofan jet engine that is very quiet and relatively fuel efficient.

The photo below is a McDonnell RF-4C Phantom. While the fighter version of this aircraft were widely used, the recon version was also very successful. It could carry a variety of cameras in three different stations in the nose. The recon Phantom served from the mid-1960s into the mid-1990s. The ZZ tail code signifies Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.

McDonnell F-4 Phantom

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