The last remaining F-86A Sabre, serial number 48-178, the oldest flying jet in the world, was recently shipped to the US from its previous home in the UK. A North American collector purchased the Sabre from Golden Apple Operations who had based the aircraft out of Duxford, UK. It is currently at Heritage Aero, Inc. in Rockford, IL undergoing assembly and FAA certification that is expected to be finished up in time for the 2015 EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, WI.
Built in 1948, 48-178 was salvaged from a scrapyard in Fresno, CA and rebuilt at Paine Field in Everett, WA in 1970 by then-owner Ben W. Hall for Seattle, WA. Making its first flight after restoration in May of 1974, 48-178 was then registered as N178 in 1983 before being sold to a collector in 1990. It was then further restored in Fort Worth, TX and registered as G-SABR, and then shipped to then-Golden Apple Trust in the UK, becoming a familiar site on the European air show circuit for the last 22 years.