32nd Fighter Squadron the Wolfhounds

Canal Zone – Soesterberg / Camp New Amsterdam – Ramstein

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F-86 Sabre at Soesterberg Air Base

In November 1954, following an extensive assessment of NATO, the 512th Fighter Day Squadron was moved from RAF Manston in Great Britain to Soesterberg Air Base, the Netherlands.

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512th / 32nd Bulldogs / Wolfhounds Sabre Arrival at Soesterberg Air Base
Credit: James


The squadron occupied a portion of the base called Camp New Amsterdam, named after the first Dutch settlers in the United Stated, New Amsterdam, which later became New York City.

On September 8, 1955, the 32nd was activated and was designated the 32nd Fighter Day Squadron.

The F-100 Super Sabre replaced the F-86 Sabre, the replacement started in November 1956 and took till mid 1957. Many pilots of the 32nd had transition training in Morocco.



The F-86, the USAF's first swept-wing jet fighter, made its initial flight on Oct. 1, 1947. The first production model flew on May 20, 1948, and on Sept. 15, 1948, an F-86A set a new world speed record of 670.9 mph. originally designed as a high-altitude day-fighter, it was subsequently redesigned into an all-weather interceptor (F-86D) and a fighter-bomber (F-86H).

As a day fighter, the airplane saw service in Korea in three successive series (F-86A, E and F), where it engaged the Russian-built MiG-15. By the end of hostilities, it had shot down 792 MiGs at a loss of only 76 Sabre's, a victory ratio of 10 to 1.

More than 5,500 Sabre day-fighters were built in the United States and Canada.








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