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Offline AeroplaneDriver

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Re: Sabre Dog
« Reply #30 on: February 15, 2021, 02:46:50 pm »
The 1964 US Presidential election was a landslide victory for John F. Kennedy.  The outpouring of affection from the nation as he recovered from the November 1963 assassination attempt in Dallas virtually guaranteed his victory.  Though unproven, the subsequent investigation implicated the USSR in at least some way in planning the attack.  Though no suspect was ever apprehended one person of interest, Lee Harvey Oswald, was found dead in a hotel on December 3, 1963 along with evidence that the KGB had killed him. 

In the aftermath NATO-Warpac relations deteriorated even further, and even though the risk of nuclear conflict seemed to have peaked with the Cuban Missile Crisis, the chances of a conventional war in Europe seemed to be increasing as Kennedy took his second Oath of Office.  As Soviet air and naval activity in the eastern Atlantic increased Kennedy leveraged his ties to Ireland to convince the nation to shift from a neutral stance to lean towards NATO.  Though Ireland did not become a full member state until 1975 it did enter in a defence cooperation agreement with the alliance in 1965, contributing to air and sea defence off the west coast of Ireland. 

As part of this agreement the US provided military hardware and training.  The first package included 18 F-86D air defense fighters.  These F-86Ds had been retired from active USAF service, but were upgraded for the IAC with avionics and engine to match the F-86L.  The "Mighty Mouse" rocket pack was retained, but AIM-9B Sidewinders were also integrated as a longer ranged weapon. 

The Sabre Dog served with the growing Irish Air Corps until 1974 when the remaining 12 aircraft were replaced by ex-US Navy F-4J Phantoms as an interim fighter until the F-16A would be delivered starting in 1980.  Towards the end of its career the Irish Sabres were upgraded to carry the AIM-9E version of the Sidewinder missile. 

This model depicts an IAC F-86D late in its career carrying a pair of "Echo" Sidewinders on a QRA mission.  A month later it was put into storage when it was replaced by a Phantom.  It remained in storage until 1986 when it was restored for the Irish Air Corps Museum.

 







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Re: Irish Air Corps F-86D Sabre Dog-COMPLETED
« Reply #31 on: February 15, 2021, 03:15:35 pm »
I like it a LOT!  :thumbsup:

And the backstory is an absolute gem too!
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Re: Irish Air Corps F-86D Sabre Dog-COMPLETED
« Reply #32 on: February 15, 2021, 03:45:07 pm »
Brilliant  :thumbsup:
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Re: Irish Air Corps F-86D Sabre Dog-COMPLETED
« Reply #33 on: February 15, 2021, 03:53:46 pm »
Great backstory and a terrific model! :thumbsup:

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Re: Irish Air Corps F-86D Sabre Dog-COMPLETED
« Reply #34 on: February 15, 2021, 05:35:03 pm »
I like it a LOT!  :thumbsup:

And the backstory is an absolute gem too!

Agree wholeheartedly with all that.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Irish Air Corps F-86D Sabre Dog-COMPLETED
« Reply #35 on: February 15, 2021, 08:09:07 pm »
Excellent work, both on the model and the backstory. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Irish Air Corps F-86D Sabre Dog-COMPLETED
« Reply #36 on: February 15, 2021, 11:17:50 pm »
Pretty, and green:mellow:

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Re: Irish Air Corps F-86D Sabre Dog-COMPLETED
« Reply #37 on: February 16, 2021, 02:11:05 am »
Sabre Dog is my favourite Sabre.  This is exultant*.

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Re: Irish Air Corps F-86D Sabre Dog-COMPLETED
« Reply #38 on: February 16, 2021, 05:26:46 am »
 :thumbsup:

Yeah the F-86D/K/L is my fave, too.
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Re: Irish Air Corps F-86D Sabre Dog-COMPLETED
« Reply #39 on: February 16, 2021, 06:23:00 am »
That looks really good  :thumbsup:
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Re: Irish Air Corps F-86D Sabre Dog-COMPLETED
« Reply #40 on: February 16, 2021, 08:13:19 pm »
The F-86K Sabre Dog is my favorite followed by the original version and Avon Sabre
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Re: Irish Air Corps F-86D Sabre Dog-COMPLETED
« Reply #41 on: February 17, 2021, 12:05:03 am »
Nice!
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Re: Irish Air Corps F-86D Sabre Dog-COMPLETED
« Reply #42 on: February 17, 2021, 01:10:51 am »
Top notch build, Nick! Scheme & load-out look perfect. :thumbsup:
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Re: Irish Air Corps F-86D Sabre Dog-COMPLETED
« Reply #43 on: February 17, 2021, 07:17:08 am »
Excellent back story and super model

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Re: Irish Air Corps F-86D Sabre Dog-COMPLETED
« Reply #44 on: February 19, 2021, 07:06:27 am »
Outstanding! Can't wait to see the F-4s and F-16s.  :thumbsup: