I bought this as a built model. It was really very well built, but the USPS modified it a bit. I made the repairs and added it to my F-86 group.
In 1954 at Chaumont airbase, France,the 48th Fighter Bomber Wing moved to F-86F Sabre and with them the Skyblazers transited to specially painted Sabres. In the beginning of 1960's, the Thunderbirds flew aircraft with air refueling systems, the F-100D, which allowed them to fly over long distances to Europe and Africa. This made the presence of European aerobatic team unneeded and in January, 1962 the Skyblazers were officially disbanded.