A new work session has been scheduled for our F-86L Sabre Jet at Crane Park. It will be Saturday, June 16, 2012 (9am - 11am). Please come support the treasures of our community. The plane is far from done but with the communities help we'll get there. No experience necessary. All are welcome. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dave Roman via his email, email@example.com, or by calling 845-234-3177.
Bringing the F-86L Sabre Jet to Monroe was the idea of Master Sgt. Ford Dally, who happened to be assigned to West Point and living in Monroe. He was also a Free Mason. He presented his idea in 1963 to the then Mayor of Monroe, Jay L Stall, III. Former Mayor Stall recalled that his enthusiasm for the idea of an Airplane in the park was contagious, and agreed to present his idea to the Village Board. The Mayor then wrote a letter to TSU unit that agreed to release the plane to them, as long as the Village was willing to pick it up. A delighted Master Sgt. Ford arranged for the transport and delivery to its current location with the approval of the Village Board.
The beloved plane is an F-86 Sabre that was commissioned during the Korean War and was flown between October 1947 and April 1948. The F-86 Sabre also has the distinction of being the first American fighter to break the sound barrier. The plane was lovingly maintained by Master Sgt. Ford Dally for many years until he could no longer do the job. The Masonic Lodge has been cooperating with the Village to restore the Plane in honor of Master Sgt. Ford Dally’s memory.
The full article of how the plane came to Monroe was first published in the Times Herald Record on May 27, 2007 and republished and updated in the Photo News February 21, 2012. The link to the article can be found here: www.thephoto-news.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007305279916