SABRE AND LIGHT­NING AT OSHKOSH

Air & Space Smithsonian - - Soundings -

TWO LAND­MARK FIGHT­ERS, the first to go su­per­sonic in level flight and the new­est ac­quired by the U.S. mil­i­tary, will visit the Ex­per­i­men­tal Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion’s Airven­ture in Oshkosh, Wis­con­sin, this July. In 1996, EAA mem­ber Dean “Cut­ter” Cut­shall bought the North Amer­i­can F-100F Su­per Sabre, which flew in ser­vice for the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1974 be­fore be­ing sold to Turkey’s air force. Cut­shall re­stored the Sabre to flight sta­tus in the mark­ings of ace pi­lot Fran­cis “Gabby” Gabreski, who is cred­ited with de­stroy­ing 34 and a half air­craft dur­ing World War II, Korea, and Viet­nam.

This will be the first civil­ian air­show ap­pear­ance for the Lock­heed Martin F-35 Light­ning II. The U.S. Air Force F-35A model will join other mil­i­tary air­craft at the show, in­clud­ing the B-52 Strato­fortress and F-22 Rap­tor.

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