Cover Caption: Paul Keppeler flies his Canadair CL-13B Mk.6 Sabre, which was recently returned to airworthy status by Heritage Aero, Avionics Place, and Dennison Enterprises. It is painted in the markings of America's first jet ace, Colonel James "Jabby" Jabara, who earned 1.5 victories in WWII and 15 victories in Korea.
Photo: Luigino Caliaro from Ron Whitt's L-39 flown by Carl Schwerman.
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Keppeler's Canadair by Greg Morehead
What is the best jet fighter ever built? Deriving an answer statistically, empirically, or subjectively, the F-86 Sabre built by North American Aviation and Canadair should be at the top. The F-16 Fighting Falcon, the most prolific current-era fighter with 4,500 built, protects the skies of 27 nations, and yet its record is dwarfed by the Sabre's total production of 9,860 flown by 28 countries. It boasts an impressive kill ratio against its opponents, and it is enamored by any pilot who has danced through the clouds in one. Of the nearly 30 variants built, the best of the family is arguably the Canadair Mk.6. Of the airworthy Sabres, numbered in the mid-20s, the most recent addition is the fantastic Canadair Mk.6 owned by Paul Keppeler. Returning it to the sky was a major undertaking that was fulfilled in 2016 through the efforts of Heritage Aero, Dennison Enterprises, Avionics Place, and S&S Turbine. The seeds of inspiration that led to this success story, however, took root long ago, and required years of nurturing.
SWISS SUPER CONNIE by Ugo Vicenzi
The economical balance of operating a warbird is often a nightmare, with income from participation in aviation events covering only a small percentage of the costs of owning and operating a vintage, gas-guzzling aircraft.
THE TIPPIN AVIATORS
by Stephen Chapis
It has been 25 years since Aaron Tippin released his debut single, You've Got to Stand for Something, the title track of his freshman album that became a Top 10 hit. Since then, the singer-songwriter has released 17 albums and had more than 20 Top 40 singles, including the number one hits That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You and Kiss This. To celebrate his quarter-century in the music business, Tippin released a brand-new album, Aaron Tippin 25, on his own Nippit Records, containing 25 of his biggest hits. Whoa, wait just a minute! We aren't here to talk about singin'; we're here to talk about flyin'! Warbird flyin' with the Tippin family.
SINGAPORE SEAFIRE By Richard Paver
In early 1940, due to the huge success of early Spitfire variants in Royal Air Force (RAF) service, feasibility studies investigated the possible development of a carrier-based Spitfire. In late 1942, the idea became reality when a completely redesigned wing was installed, which manually folded in order to conserve deck space aboard Royal Navy (RN) carriers.
by Stephen Chapis
The 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard operates the venerable Boeing C-17 Globemaster III from Shepherd Air National Guard Base in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Although it is not widely known, the 167th holds a special place in the history of the United States Air Force. It was the last unit to operate the F-51 Mustang. The Collings Foundation now holds an equally special place in history as the operator of TF-51D s/n 44-84655, TOULOUSE NUTS, which was the sole TF operated by the 167th and the only airworthy TEMCO Mustang in the world today.