Hamlin, ME. – June 18, 1952

Hamlin, Maine – June 18, 1952   

U.S.A.F. F-86 Fighter Jet

     On the morning of June 18, 1952, Capt. Paul H. Wilkins, of the 4711th Air Defense Wing stationed at Presque Isle, Maine, was piloting an F-86 Sabre fighter jet near the Canadian border when the engine failed, forcing him to eject.  The aircraft went down in a thickly wooded area in Hamlin.  Meanwhile, Capt. Wilkins landed safely and was transported to a hospital in Presque Isle.     

     Source: Fort Fairfield Review, “Pilot Bails Out Before Jet Crashes At Hamlin”, June 18, 1952, page 1

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