Two more photos from Flt Lt Roy French
Acording to Roy’s logbook, these were taken on a “fun flight” in September 1953; this would have been just before his return to England. Roy is flying F-86F-1 52-4345, an early narrow-chord/slatted-wing F-86F, while the two he photographed are later 6-3 “hard wing” F-86Fs. This puts closed to the “expert” statements that “all F-86Fs were upgraded with the new wing leading edge.” Also of note is the fact they are all carrying the “Misawa tanks.” As you can see from the photo of ‘345, these tanks were considerably larger than the standard drop tanks.
Sure would be nice if some enterprising aftermarket guy would do Misawa tanks for Sabres.
1 additional image. Click to enlarge.