WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio– The 2022 History & Heritage Race Series opened registration for the next virtual race August 1, featuring the F-86 Sabre.
The U.S. Air Force’s first swept-wing jet fighter, the branch primarily used this fast aircraft in Korea opposing the Russian-built MiG-15. In 1948, the F-86A set a new world speed record of 670.9 mph, and pilots used the aircraft to shoot down a total of 792 MiGs, producing a kill ratio of 8:1.
The upcoming event marks the fifth of six virtual races in the series’s second season.
While the Air Force Marathon, held annually the third Saturday in September, features aircraft still in service, the History & Heritage Race Series highlights retired aircraft that gave wings to the Air Force’s legacy.
The fifth race in the History & Heritage Series will begin September 1. Participants may run or walk the full marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K distance wherever they’d like, track it with a GPS device to confirm mileage and time, and upload their results.
All registered competitors will receive a commemorative patch, finisher’s medal portraying F-86 Sabre, information card on the aircraft, downloadable completion certificate and race bib.
For more information and to register for the race, visit http://usafvirtual.com.