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Dedication Day
11/11/11
 
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 53-0658 now wearing the colors of the 496th Fighter Interceptor Squadron.
Circa 1957

53-0658 before MAPS recovered her from central Florida,

Dec 2007

AIRCRAFT BACKGROUND:
Formerly assigned to the Florida Military Aviation Museum at Clearwater-St. Petersburg Airport, when the museum closed the aircraft were removed from the facility and placed in outside storage.  Officially a part of the U.S. Air Force Museum, Wright Patterson AFB collection, the F-86L has just been placed on indefinite loan to MAPS Air Museum for restoration purposes.

 General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 40 ft 3 in (12.27 m)
  • Wingspan: 37 ft 1.5 in (11.31 m)
  • Height: 15 ft in (4.57 m)
  • Empty weight: 13,518 lb (6,132 kg)
  • Gross weight: 19,975 lb (9,060 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × General Electric J47-GE-17B, 5,425 lbf (24.1 kN)dry, 7,500 lbf (33.4 kN) with afterburner

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 693 mph (1,115 km/h)
  • Range: 330 miles (531 km)
  • Service ceiling: 49,750 ft (15,163 m)
  • Rate of climb: 12,150 ft/min (61.7 m/s)

Armament

  • 24 × 2.75 in (70 mm) Mighty Mouse FFAR rockets in ventral tray

  Crew Cheif: Kent Kleinknecht

kleinknecht.kent@mapsairmuseum.org

 

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