-----------------Mon Apr 2 22:25:09 PDT 2001
My name is Rudy Preus and I am a retired Canadian Air Force pilot.
My hobby is Stained Glass and my Three Dimensional Stained Glass
Aircraft may be of interest to your guests. If anyone wishes
to view my work, please visit me at:
My E-Mail address is:
------------------Mon Mar 19 07:01:40 PST 2001
My name is John Tabor and I was a pilot with the
335th at the same time your dad was with the 336th. Wonderful
guy and great pilot is the best way I can describe him. We flew
to the Yalu several times together and watched each other's back
side. We also closed the "O" club many times with a resounding
round of "Sammy Small." You have a fabulous web site (that
I just found) and I can't tell you how much we older Jet Jocks appreciate
------------------Thu Mar 1 07:46:41 PST 2001
I was assigned to 4th Communications Sqdn. in '54, then was on the
advanced party for the move to Chitose. The stories and pictures
really bring back memories. I remember when they placed "No
Parking" signs in front of the Comm. Center, and hit the front
end of a live artillary shell. Scared the "P" out of everyone
till people from ammo dump came and removed it.
GREAT SITE & GREAT WING
- Fred Edwards
------------------Wed Feb 14 19:20:15 PST 2001
Great site. Brings back memories at Chaumont AB, France (54-57)
48th FBW, Statue of Liberty wing, home of the demo team Skyblazers
flying F86H's. Armour makes great model in 'Blazer trim. I
was a Weather Observer and got to know a number of the pilots.
Keep up the great work........
------------------Sun Feb 11 04:36:22 PST 2001
Excellent site. It certainly retrieves memories of the formative
times of my life.
I was a three stripe Crew chief of F86F a/c #627, in the 311 FBS,
at K55, from 1957 until the Squadron turned over it's planes to
the Nationalist Chinese base at Chiyee (sic).
I particularly enjoy your collection of photos; mine having been
destroyed as a result of Hurricane Andrew.
Again, thank you,
Joel (Ari) Ariel
------------------Sun Feb 11 14:03:29 PST 2001
Great site. Did four years in the Air Force in the early eighties.
Always thought the Sabre Jet was awesome even though they were out
of inventory by the time I enlisted.
------------------Fri Feb 9 12:07:25 PST 2001
Hi! My name is Tim McLaughlin. My Dad
was an airman in the Air Force in the early 60's. He Made a cool
snowmobile sled out of a droptank from an F-86. If anybody
has any photos of an F-86 droptank or an aircraft with tanks on
could you please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or if you've done something creative with a droptank I'd like to
hear about it! Thanks and "HAIL HAIL THE VAPOR TRAIL!"
------------------Mon Feb 5 19:30:51 PST 2001
Very nicely done!! I flew the F-86E in Honduras
in 1983-84. Sadly those airplanes are rotting on the ramp
in San Pedro Sula. Currently, retired USAF, flying the MD-11
for World Airways.
"LAMBO" John Lamb
------------------Fri Jan 26 08:20:15 PST 2001
A lovely website. Thanks so much! I wonder if anyone
knows where I can get a copy of the movie "Sabre Jet"
(1953) with Robert Stack? I have a dear friend who flew these
planes and he would like a copy of the movie in any media.
Does anyone have any ideas? We've tried eBay but without success.
------------------Tue Dec 19 17:04:03 PST 2000
Hello to all. I too was a 336 FIS in 1950 I left Dover air
patch in Delaware but being the lowest rank man there. Yes a private,
I got to stay at Johnson in Japan worked in the hyd. shop building
up those segmented rotor brakes... Hale Hale the Vapor trail.
Pvt. James Williams
939 Lakewood Tpa Fl 33613
e mail jimsawdust@msn
------------------Fri Dec 8 16:33:04 PST 2000
A great site -- I thought that Korea was the forgotten war!
Like your dad, I missed seeing "action" in Korea, arriving
in August 1953 and leaving in August 1954. I was the Control
Tower Chief at K-18 in Kangnung Korea, right on the Sea of Japan.
This was a Korean AFB, flying the old F-51's from WWII. The Korean
pilots could only fly in VFR daytime and were terrible pilots.
K-18 had a PSP runway and the Korean pilots were always trying
to do "wheel" landings like the USAF pilots in a plane
that was designed for three-point landings. Naturally, there
were many, many nose-ups as they tried to land from a formation
flight with one Korean pilot making a three point landing, followed
by a Korean pilot making a wheel landing and then hitting the brakes
to avoid running over the fellow in front of him.
But, the biggest thrill for all of occurred when a flight of F-86's
would fly over K-18 and ask the tower if they could make a "compass
check." It was clear to us that they wanted to buzz the
field, but we would okay the "compass check," and the
F-86's would come down that runway "balls out" one after
the other and then spiral up and away over the Sea of Japan.
This would invariably bring all the Korean pilots running out and
yelling, "We want Jets!" Perhaps your dad was one
of those F-86 pilots that thoroughly livened up our otherwise routine
Korea was a great experience and I only wish that I had realized
that while I was over there!! However, I still shudder a little
whenever I see a 747 take off with a Korea Air Lines logo -- it
is possible, if not probable, that some of the early KAL 747 pilots
were the F-51 pilots that I met in Kangnung nearly 50 years ago.
Thanks again for a great, great site.
------------------Tue Nov 28 11:05:26 PST 2000
My name is Annie Zole, I am doing a project on the
year 1954. If you could possibly email me with any memories
you have of that year it would be greatly appreciated. My
address is email@example.com
------------------Fri Nov 10 12:55:53 PST 2000
I would like to know more about his career in the Air Force being
that he was the only African-American four star general. firstname.lastname@example.org
[note: message posted as received. I do not know who this
message refers to -- webmaster]
------------------Tue Oct 24 16:39:29 PDT 2000
On November 4th, 2000 The Air Museum "Planes of Fame"
at Chino Airport in Southern California will host a seminar on the
Korean Air War and will fly a MiG-15 afterwards. While a few
guest speakers are scheduled, they are still looking for people
who were associated with the air war. If you or someone you
know could attend, please contact Mark Foster at 909-597-0802 or
by email at email@example.com
------------------Tue Oct 17 16:06:33 PDT 2000
I was lucky enough to crew a number of Sabres after leaving the
Air Force. All were Canadair MK 6 with the Orenda engine,
owned and operated by Flight Systems Inc., supporting a number of
Government contracts. A damn fine aircraft, to say the least.
[note: no name or contact information was left with this guest
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------------------Tue Oct 17 08:51:51 PDT 2000
I was a crew chief on F-86d a/c 325, with the 40th FISq at Yokota
AFB from September 1956 to March 1958. My a/c was on two rocket
teams. We won both. Would like to hear from some one
who was with me at that time. firstname.lastname@example.org
------------------Fri Sep 29 10:14:53 PDT 2000
My name is Royce Raven. I was in the 865th AAA AW BN(SP) deployed
on an around K-14 to protect the base from low flying enemy aircraft.
I was there from late 1952 through early 1954. I had several college
class mates from Texas A&M that were F-86 pilots in the 4th
FIW during this period of time. I'm sure your father knew some of
If you or any of your site visitors are interested in the history
of the F-86 I recommend you visit the URL shown below. It
is the most complete F-86 site that can be found:
F-86 Sabre Web Site
I have several photos from my K-14 days that you mightbe interested
in seeing. If so, you can contact me at my e-mail address:
You have constructed a fabulous web site in memory of your father.
He would be proud of the site.
------------------Wed Aug 30 13:50:37 PDT 2000
Thanks for this wonderful site. I was a crew chief in the
336th from April 1953 till April 1954. My aircraft was 844,
"TOOTSIE". I'm looking for a copy of the yearbook
52-53 as mine was lost in a house fire in 1970. Anyone that
can help can contact me at NRoss49140@aol.com.
The photos sure bring back memories, thanks again.
Norman Ross, Tacoma, Wa.
------------------Mon Aug 28 05:19:56 PDT 2000
Greetings from SabreJet Classics Magazine.
We're the official publication of the F-86 Sabre Pilots Assn.
I'm the editor. Plus I'm right in the middle of completing
the history of the "Fourth But First" from 1946 thru 1957.
I need two things if anyone has them:
1) a list of all the KIAs from the 4th in the Korean
2) a patch or decal showing the Korean War 4th emblem.
This will go on the front cover so it has to be a real photo or
patch. E-scans won't do the job.
Contact me at SabreJet Classics e-mail email@example.com
Thanks. Larry Davis
------------------Tue Aug 1 17:17:06 PDT 2000
Hi from Calgary Alberta!
My hobby is the F-86 Sabre. Sixty Canadair Mark 2's were purchased
by the USAF during the Korean War, and about half of them seem to
have served with the 'Rocketeers'. I just want to let you
know the contribution Canadian-built Sabres made to their success.
------------------Wed Jun 28 19:00:28 PDT 2000
My name is Dick McDonald. I was assigned to
the Chiefs (335th FIS) from 3/53 to 3/54 as part of the IFF Shop
we were responsible for the IFF equipment on all planes in all three
squadrons. So the chances are excellent that I helped service
Bill Starr's F-86. My biggest claim to K-14 fame was as part
of a group of enlisted men that crashed the Officers Club on Christmas
Eve 1953 to sing Christmas Carols. We all ended up shaking
hands and wishing each other seasons greetings. Thank you for the
memories. Hi to Littell.
------------------Mon May 29 20:31:19 PDT 2000
My name is Bernard V. Moro and I served with the 431st Fighter
Interceptor Squadron during the 1953/1954 era originating at Selfridge
AFB and going overseas to Wheelus AFB in Tripoli, Libya.
We were a bunch of F-86F nuts and were a very close knit bunch of
guys. However, over the course of many years, we have drifted
This web sight, being of F-86F interest, I would like to spark some
interest in getting together with any airmen connected with the
431 FIS to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
to try to get a reunion together. The only person I have
had contact with so far has been Sgt. Jim Kelly who now resides
at Las Vegas, Nevada.
If anyone is out there that was connected with the 431st Fighter
Interceptor Squadron, please reply to my email at: email@example.com
------------------Thu May 25 19:12:36 PDT 2000
It has been fascinating to read about the later exploits of my partner
in various adventures and misdemeanors in the late '40's.
Interesting that Bill flew with the 336th during the Korean affair.
I also served with the 336th but mine was the 336th AAA Gun Bn.
Bill was a great guy and a good friend during that period of our
------------------Tue May 23 23:01:39 PDT 2000
I Really enjoy browsing your site. Thanks for sharing your photos
------------------Tue May 23 09:05:05 PDT 2000
This is a terrific site. It is so good to read about Uncle Bill.
I sure do miss him. By the way, Sandy and I grew up listening
to those albums too - I think she still has them. Mom used
to sing along - she was so proud of her brother's involvement.
Thank you for doing such a fine job in preserving your father's
------------------Mon May 15 01:44:26 PDT 2000
My name is Rudy Preus, and I am a retired Canadian Air Force pilot.
My hobby is Stained Glass and my three dimensional stained glass
aircraft may be of interest to your guests. If anyone wishes
to view my work, please visit me at: http://members.home.net/stellarimages
|Webmaster note: check out this custom
stained glass F-86 model that Rudy made for me. Click
on the image to see a larger image.
------------------Wed Apr 19 12:17:07 PDT 2000
I flew with the 336th from 1954 to 1956 at Misawa, Japan.
Your site is a great tribute to a great bunch of guys.
Gil Alston, Judge, Ret.
------------------Mon Apr 10 16:51:03 PDT 2000
Dear Mr. Starr,
You have one great site for the preservation of F-86 history.
My father was a career Air Force mechanic who got his start on F-86's
at Otis AFB with the 60th FIS under the command by then Maj. Chappy
James -- an ace from Korea, whom as you know became the only Four
Star General fighter pilot.
Your site is, once again, very good. Thank you for
the privilage to view it.
- KEVIN W.HAMILTON, US ARMY RET.
P.S. -- My father's name was MSGT. William J. Hamilton, USAF, Ret
(D). Any one who knew nim can e-mail me @ ROUNDMAN58@YAHOO.COM
------------------Fri Mar 24 09:16:14 PST 2000
Hello John Starr,
Reviewed you site for the fourth time. Great job. I
have sent email to you before and am still looking for anyone the
knew or flew with my old friend, Lt. James A. Gehr. call sign CASEY.
He arrived at K-14 in Dec 1951 after a year at Randolph flight training.
Sometime in 1952 he said he got "wacked" and went to Pearl
to mend, then was assigned to a squadron in Alaska. He got
out in 1955 and returned to Wisconsin.
If anyone knew him in 1951-1952 I would like to hear
from them, as it is the 50th anniversary of him joining the AF and
I'd like to put a package together.
Just got and loaded a flight sim "Mig Alley".
It looks GREAT and bring memories -- and a chance to fly planes
of that time. Keep adding to your website, its wonderful.
W. Schilder, Grafton WI USNR Naval Aviation 1952-1964.
------------------Sat Mar 18 11:04:44 PST 2000
I was with the 336th from mid '72 to mid '73. I was a "gun
plumber" and worked on the flight line. The flight I
was in had seven aircraft, four flight chiefs and two other armorers.
We kept very busy with as many as five missions a day sometimes.
The only day off was when it rained. Your websight bought
back many memories - Thanks.
Daniel F Peck
------------------Tue Mar 14 15:22:08 PST 2000
My name is Gene Littell and I was in the 336th squadron
at K-14 from Jan. 1953 through Feb. 1954. Although I
did not get to know your Father real well, I do remember him.
I am in the black
and white picture of the group singing. I was standing
next to Bill on the left side of the picture.
I only flew 26 combat missions before the war ended.
I was also there when the MIG landed and got a chance to look into
the cockpit before they whisked the MIG away.
I want to congratulate you on the web page. You did an excelent
job on it. It brought back many wonderful memories for me.
I have many pictures and movies from that time in Korea also.
I will be watching it for new things you will be adding.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
------------------Thu Mar 2 10:35:29 PST 2000
I just wanted to say that the F-86f Sabre is the best dogfighter
of the Korean War, it really kicked ass. The F-86f is also
my favorite aircraft of the early jet age. I want some info
on the ''all flying tail'' of the F model, and some diagrams of
the systems of the F-86f.
------------------Thu Feb 17 07:46:23 PST 2000
Hi John -- what a moving experience to visit with my brother Bill
Starr again, and read his journal entries. I remember his
songs and stories so well -- what a great story-teller! How
he loved to fly! This is a really fine Website -- your grand-father,
Bill's Dad Nathan Comfort Starr, would be proud!
Margot Starr Kernan