Pakistani F-86F-40 Sabre
by Dr. Steven Corvi
scale F-86F Sabre is available online from Squadron
depicted was flown by Squadron leader Mohammed Mahmood Alam with 11 IAF
(Indian Air Force) Hunter kills. According to my sources these figures
seem to be in conflict.
According to Syed Shabbir Hussainís,
History of the Pakistan Air
1947-1982. on September 6th Alam shot down 2 IAF Hunters
and damaged another 3. On September 7th Alam shot down 4 more
IAF Hunters making this a total of 6 and 3 damaged IAF hunters. This
would bring his total to nine NOT eleven kills if you count the damaged
Alam can be
awarded with 4 confirmed kills from Indian sources. Conversely the
Indian Air Force claims were also exaggerated and this further clouds
the issue. Alam did NOT however fly in the 1971 war that erupted six
years later. The total aerial kills cannot be confirmed and accurately
counted from either side. Nevertheless Alam performed well and was
accounted by both sides as being an excellent fighter pilot in the
were flown over a series of sorties from September 5-7th
Construction, Painting and Markings
The kit is the
1/72 scale Fujimi F-86F40. I used Cutting Edge Decals, 72-025. I also
used the Eduard detail set and some scratchbuilt lights and pitot tube.
It is painted
in Alclad Aluminum.
The F-86 has
moderate weathering since this airframe saw a lot of action in the 1965
I decided to go
with the Cutting Edge interpretation of Alamís kills even though they
are not confirmed. The PAF flew both the F-86F-40 and the shorter
winged Sabre 6, which were purchased from Germany. The Sabre served
well for the PAF through 1970-and early 1980ís.
I suggest the
following books for further reading on the subject:
Syed Shabbir Hussain,
History of the Pakistan Air
This is one of
the only English language sources on the PAF (Pakistan Air Force) and
provides a nice survey of the PAF and its engagement in the series of
conflict with India. It is well written if a little on the nationalistic
side of Pakistan. The information is accurate and the narrative is an
easy read, however some of the aerial claims are NOT confirmed and can
not be considered reliable. The work does not provide either a
bibliography or notes so documentation can be considered subjective.
P.V.S. Jagow Mohan & Samir Chopra.
The India-Pakistan Air War of
Manohar 2006 (ISBN 81-7304-641-7)
This is a well
written Indian interpretation of the 1965 air war. It is well written
account and seems to have some balance in relying aerial combat kills.
The work provide endnotes and some documentation which offer some
modicum of objectivity.
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Copyright 2007 by Dr. Steven Corvi
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