Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Guardian of Iowa City

The entrance to 42N country's Iowa City Municipal Airport is guarded by this static display from over a half century ago. Flying just a few feet above the ground is a Korean War vintage F-86 Sabre fighter. Some 9,500 of these jets were produced in the 1950s and only 15 remain flyable today. 

I discovered the jet on this site in the late 1970s. On one occasion some anti-war vandals sprayed orange paint on the jet during some protest during that era. Today the newer paint scheme looks good while the whole display could use a good washing. 
Photos displayed here are from the latest 42N camera upgrade and were taken by the junior team member on a shakedown tour of Iowa City sites (airport and grain mills.) Know that.