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    oaklyss
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    I always wondered where the name came from. A Cutlass is a sword, but F-85? Until I saw this F-86 Sabre, a Sabre is also a sword. It was the Jet-Age and Space-Age after all.

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    macf85
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    There was also a Cutlass jet aircraft that the Navy used as well as an xF-85 Goblin parasite jet aircraft that was launched from a B-29.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonnell_XF-85_Goblin

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    62cutlassconvert
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    My friend bought 4 cars, station wagon which I believe Joe bought, two convertibles one of which I bought, and a Jetfire which he is restoring for one of the members here.

    The owner of all the cars and the long term owner and driver of the Jetfire and family F85 station wagon was an air force test pilot who set a speed record in the F-86 Sabre. He took all the Jetfire trim off it including switching hoods with the station wagon to hide its status and went street racing, surprising some competitors back in the day!

    He had passed away when my friend purchased the cars but his son had some stories from his youth and the barn included a complete F86 Sabre ready for a future restoration project.

    Quite a guy I guess.

    #16343
    joe_padavano
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    That Jetfire hood was still on the wagon when I bought it, but he told me he was going to keep it and swap a normal hood back onto the wagon. I was OK with that.

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    62cutlassconvert
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    Unfortunately, the son also had 2 4 speed cars sitting outside in the weeds with rust. This being Calif he figured no one would want them and sent them to the crusher before we got there to transport the other cars!

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