Prep and Updates of Replica FU-539 Paint Scheme 2020

 
 
 

August 4, 2020

A Man and His Pole


Jerry Wilkins is a man beaming with pride.

“My pole is sure impressive,” he boasts.

It’s not a sentence one man usually hears from another so I bite my lower lip.

“Wanna see it?” he inquires. Respectfully, I decline.

“No, no, you’ll love it. Let’s sneak out back and let me show you my pole.”

Even on the walk through the Museum’s backyard he continues, “It’s long and sleek and built to last.”

I’m becoming very uncomfortable.

As we turn a corner, he wheels in front of me. “Ready to see it? Here you go.” He steps aside to show me his pole.

Jerry’s right, it is impressive.

At thirteen feet in length and several tons in weight, it is all he said it would be. It’s destined for the Museum’s new Korean War Memorial, where it will support a North American F-86 Sabre jet.

“Yep, made of one-inch thick, high grade steel,” Jerry said as he slapped a palm against the side of the pole. “Stainless steel welds too, so they won’t rust. And check out the end; see how it’s angled to hold the airplane?”

The end of the pole Jerry referred to is angled and pre-drilled with holes to accept the F-86, one of two aircraft that serve as focal points for this memorial to “America’s Forgotten War.” The other aircraft, a Russian-built MiG-15, already sits in its concrete cradle at the memorial site.

“You know,” Jerry said as he took a seat on the pole. “This pole is more than a pole, it’s a symbol. Oh sure, it’s built to suspend a Korean War airplane overhead, but it’s also symbolic of how we as a nation need to support our military.

“We sent thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines over to Korea. They went because their nation asked them to. They didn’t complain. They fought; many died, and three years later, those who survived simply packed up and went back home and got on with their lives.

“Sadly, their nation forgot all about their war. Forgot what they sacrificed, how they served. We can’t do that. We owe them more than that. That’s why this memorial is so important.”

Jerry’s points are well taken. In the 37 months of the Korean conflict, America deployed nearly 1.8 million troops to the Korean peninsula. Over 36,000 Americans died, another 92,000 were wounded, and nearly 5,000 are still missing in action. The war ended in stalemate, and disagreements between North and South Korea still fester. Sadly, ask most Americans about the Korean War and they’ll shake their heads. It didn’t end with victory parades. It’s not taught in the schools. It’s largely forgotten.

“I’m so proud of Planes of Fame with this project,” Jerry said. “Our Korean War Memorial will be a living tribute to all the men and women who served in this conflict, and especially those who died.”

The passion in Jerry’s voice speaks of his commitment to the project. There’s still much to do in the coming weeks to pull the memorial together, but clearly, he is the man who can do it.

I almost feel ashamed at my earlier misreading of his boastful comments about his pole.

Almost.

But as Jerry points over to the F-86 Sabre jet that will be a part of the memorial, he remarks, “Now I just need to figure out how to mount her on my pole.”

Once again, I bite my lower lip.



Jerry's Pole.


Our thanks to Gary Johnson and all the gang at Ace Clearwater Enterprises for their generous sponsorship of the F-86 pole. You guys rock!

Source: Email sent out from the Planes of Fame Air Museum August 4, 2020

August 1, 2020

Notes from Craig Bryant: "I was at the museum on Saturday and got another picture of the F-86. When I looked at the new paint job up close I guess I hadn't noticed before how much of a metal flake finish it has. It really sparkles in the sun. I don't know if you can zoom in on this but I think it's clear enough that you may be able to see it. I spoke with a couple people on the progress of the project. The outer fence around the display is done being painted. I was told that Corey, one of the young guys who works out there, is going to head up doing the detail painting on the plane. I've seen his work and he is very good. It's just a matter of him getting the time to do it. Soon I hope. Arrangements have already been made to use the same crane company to lift it up and put it in place once the painting is done. I know that it seems slow, but things are moving forward."

Thank you Craig for that update!

 

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July 11, 2020

Adam helped with the fence restoration below. He cited that they packed up after lunch there since it had gone over 100 degrees! They used scotch brite to sand off the calcium from the sprinklers and repainted them with Rustoleum.

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July 5, 2020

During this time, Craig noted that the F-86 has moved from its area near the hanger and has been pushed back to the wash area in preparation of being painted. In the meantime, he took a beautiful shot of the MiG fighter on the newly poured concrete pedestals. This MiG will also be a part of the new Korean War memorial.

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Restoration Pre-2020

 
 
 

Photo by Mark Richardson from the facebook page: North American F-86A/E/F/H Sabre, F-86D/K/L Sabre Dog

Photo taken April 1, 2014

Photo by Gary T. Takeuchi (2017)

Photo by Gary T. Takeuchi (2017)

Photo by Gary T. Takeuchi (2017)

Photo by Gary T. Takeuchi (2018)

Photo by Gary T. Takeuchi (2018)

Photo by Gary T. Takeuchi (2018)

 

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F-86A at the Planes of Fame museum by SharkyJ17