08/15/2008. One of the last of 859 F-86F-30-NA's produced this Sabre became a temporary test aircraft at China Lake, California, in 1954. Having its standard six 0.50 in (12.7 mm) machineguns removed and the barrel openings faired over, it was fitted with a NAKA retractable rocket panel on each side. Test continued into 1957 where after the aircraft was reverted to standard configuration.
Struck off charge it was bought in 1978 by William Simone of Fountain Valley, California and was registered N25143. Sold to Lesley L. Crowder of Sunland in 1984, who sold it to Quantico NAS, Air and Ground Museum, Virginia, in 1992. Subsequently it was loaned to the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum at Kalamazoo, Michigan, where it is on display in the markings of an
F-86F-1-NA Sabre, s/n 51-2852.
Read also the remarks in photo 12019.