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This F-86A Sabre Jet donated to the Idaho Military History Museum recently is in need of volunteers to help restore it back to its original condition.  The Idaho Air National Guard flew the F-86A Sabre Jet from 1959 to 1964.

This F-86A Sabre Jet donated to the Idaho Military History Museum recently is in need of volunteers to help restore it back to its original condition. The Idaho Air National Guard flew the F-86A Sabre Jet from 1959 to 1964.

GOWEN FIELD, Boise, Idaho -- The Idaho Military History Museum's latest addition brings an important piece of the 124th Fighter Wing's History - and a need for volunteers along with it.

Located at the Idaho Military History Museum just west of Gowen Field, the F-86A Sabre JetĀ  hasn't flown over Idaho skies in nearly a half century. But with help from volunteers, it will be an enduring symbol of aviation and military history.

Bill Miller, former Idaho Air Guard pilot and Ken Swanson, IMHM director, are seeking at least a dozen volunteers to help with things like polishing the fuselage, attaching access panels and restoring exterior markings. According to Miller, crew chief experience is desired, but not necessary.

"Anyone who wants to help us restore this beauty is welcome to," said Miller.

The restoration effort will take place during work days and weekends, though people may volunteer during the evenings if arrangements are made in advance.

To volunteer, please call Miller at (208) 409-5713 or Swanson at (208) 272-4841.