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Jet-Age Kids: 1958

Way back in 1958 the Clark kids were visiting the California Air National Guard Base at Van Nuys. View full size.

Way back in 1958 the Clark kids were visiting the California Air National Guard Base at Van Nuys. View full size.

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Van Nuys ANG Today

Just an empty lot adjacent to the Van Nuys airport.

The barracks and administrative buildings were torn down about a year ago.

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Dress Spotter 2

I'm sure it is red, white, blue and it was sold at Macy's for $8.99. It has a 1/2 inch hem and buttoned in the back. The $10.51 model had a zipper.

Dress spotter

I don't know anything about planes, but I think I had one of these dresses in 1958. It was blue and purple plaid cotton, from the Sears on Main St. in Santa Ana, CA. Does this ring a bell with anyone?

The oldest girl

Looks to be the same age as my mom in '58, which was 12.

R.C.A.F. Sabres

Canada built Sabres from 1950-1958, they were called CL-13
there were 1,815 built, 6 versions(marks) and were originally planned from the F-86A. Thirteen other countries flew the F-86, most passed down.

Case where everyone is right


Armament: Four M-39 20mm cannon (Blocks 5 and 10; last 360 aircraft built) or six .50-cal. machine guns (Block 1; 113 aircraft built); "

F-86H-5-NH for sure

Itsa_me_Mario has it right. A great site for checking military aircraft serial numbers is

If you follow his links to 1952 Air Force serial numbers you'll see "52-5729/5753 - North American F-86H-5-NH Sabre". He doesn't list the ultimate disposition of this particular aircraft, but several with serial numbers near it were converted to drones (QF-86H).

One source says the Navy acquired QF-86Hs for missile tests at China Lake California (one or two valleys over from Death Valley) in the late fifties and sixties. So this one may have wound up on the receiving end of tests of the Navy's formidable Sidewinder heat-seeking air-to-air missile, developed at China Lake.

Not all F-86H models have 2 guns on each side

The F-86H-5-NH has 2 guns per side as shown in this photo. So does the F-86H-10-NH. But the F-86H-1-NH has 3 per side.

The H, you say

The upcoming Shorpy Olympics will pit the Car Identifiers against the Plane Spotters.

It's an "H"

This is a North American F-86H, of which 475 copies were made, the last H rolled off the assembly line in 1955. I don't know why there are only two openings for the guns since the production models had three per side.


If I am correct it' is of the F-86H variant. You can see the model number right above the serial number. 473 of that model were built and also was capable of carrying nuclear weapons and had a low altitude bombing system on board as well (LABS).

Looks like junior was doing his F-86 fly-by roar.


It is definitely an F-86

F-86H-5-NH, to be exact.

Serial Number is 52-5749, making it part of the first batch of 86-H5s built at North American's Columbus, OH plant.

Four Gun Sabres

The F-86H (-5 and -10, the final versions of the F-86) had four M-39 20mm cannon. I believe those were the only ones that did.


Folks, this is an F-86H. The -H was the last model of the F-86 Sabrejet series as delivered to the U.S. Air Force. It had four 20mm cannon instead of the six .50 cal Browning machine guns that were installed in earlier models. The F-86H served briefly in active USAF service (1953 'till about 1957), after which they soldiered on with some Air National Guard units as late as 1971. More info and many photos are just a google search away.


That is an F-86H, the last Sabre variant before the radome-equipped, rocket-carrying, gunless F-86D. Four 20mm cannons in place of the earlier Korean-war Sabre's six 50-calibre machine guns.


Not sure it is an F-86. The F-86 had six 50 cal guns, not 4. And the wing seems to be further back than on an F-86. But I can not think of another plane it could be.


Nice photo of a local landmark.


This looks like an F-86 Sabre, common in Air Guard units of the era. I can't see the nose well enough to tell if it's a F-86D/K/L variant.

The wild one

I get the impression that Junior was the kind who required the full force of two big sisters and a jet fighter to be kept in check.

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