F-80s and Dads

Flight Journal - - AIRDROP -

I want to say thanks for a great ar­ti­cle on the pi­lot con­ver­sion from P-51 to F-80. I par­tic­u­larly ap­pre­ci­ate the ar­ti­cle’s in­clu­sion of the pic­ture of the “knuck­le­busters” at Chanute AFB. My dad was a crew chief who tran­si­tioned from P-51 to F-80, and he served dur­ing the Korean con­flict with an RF-80 unit based at Kimpo. He al­ways com­ments that the air­craft and its role are of­ten over­looked, but as a main­tainer, he fully ap­pre­ci­ated the rugged­ness and dura­bil­ity of the air­craft in the try­ing con­di­tions they ex­pe­ri­enced; he loved the plane. I am trav­el­ing to see him this week­end and am bring­ing the mag­a­zine as a pleas­ant sur­prise. I have no doubt he will ex­pe­ri­ence a true sense of pride in see­ing his old war­bird high­lighted so promi­nently. I have en­closed a pic­ture of my dad while serv­ing in Korea. Frank Pane, Burke, Vir­ginia

The F-80 car­ried its share of the bur­den be­fore other air­craft got over there.—BD

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