A Chandler landmark is getting a new home, according to a news release from the city of Chandler. The F-86D Sabre Dog Korean War-era plane will move from the corner of Delaware Street and Chandler Boulevard to Veterans Oasis Park, located at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler.
The plane will be part of the new Field of Honor veterans memorial, set to be finished by early November.
The plane will be restored in the park before the Field of Honor ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11. This event will begin at 5 p.m. Visit www.chandleraz.gov/VeteransDay for more details about the ribbon cutting and other Veterans Day events in Chandler. The F-86D Sabre Dog aircraft has had a long history in Chandler, according to the release.
- The F-86D Sabre Dog is on loan from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
- In 1961, its first home was Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. This plane recognized the strong relationship between Chandler and nearby Williams Air Force Base.
- During a 1980s renovation of the park, the plane was moved to its existing location at the corner of Delaware Street and Chandler Boulevard.
- Sabre Dogs were an integral part of the fighter jet era following World War II. The nose cones on these planes housed a targeting radar system.
- The F-86D Sabre Dog served from 1951 through 1961 and was used as a defensive aircraft, often against MiGs—Soviet aircrafts—and was armed with 24 air-to-air rockets housed in a retractable tray on the underside of the fuselage.
- The F-86D was also known for its speed and set several records topping out at over 715 mph.