F-84B (46-663, and originally a “P-84”), 49th Fighter Squadron, Jet. Nicknamed “Itsy Bitsy II”, it was the personal jet of George Laval, a former P-38 pilot known for his colorful painted aircraft. This one is pretty tame compared to his WWII birds.
F-86F (52-4850), 366th Fighter Bomber Wing, England AFB.
F-82F (46-453), 319th Fighter Squadron (All-Weather), Moses Lake AFB.
F-89C (51-5826), 107th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Michigan Air Guard.
F-100C (54-1980), “Skyblazers” Demonstration Team.
RF-84F (52-7265), 407th Strategic Fighter Wing, Great Falls AFB. This aircraft is on display at the Chino air museum.
F-100C (53-1777), 450th Fighter Day Squadron, Foster AFB.
F-102A (54-1390), Air Research Development Command.
F-86A (48-184), 71st Fighter Squadron, Jet, March AFB. Note the extra large “ferry” fuel tanks and the faired-over gun ports. This plane had a short life: delivered in the summer of 1949, it crashed in September that same year.
F-105B (57-5803), Air Research Development Command. This aircraft can be seen today at the March Field Museum, CA.
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Really liking the older first gen jets of the USAF that you post 👍🏻
Hey Joe — Plenty more to come.