North American F-86D Sabre Pilot Lieutenant Colonel William F. Barns, 1953

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2 responses

  1. cyclic206

    I believe that this pilot is Lieutenant Colonel William F. Barnes, USAF, who set a speed record of 715.745 mph in another F-86D Sabre, 51-6145, at Salton Sea, California, 16 July 1953.

    September 2, 2013 at 1:45 am

  2. Britton Wingfield

    That is indeed Colonel William F. Barns. There’s no ‘e’ in his name, but it gets misspelled often, even in his Smithsonian entry.

    He was an amazing guy.

    August 25, 2014 at 12:45 am

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