F-86F-10 Sabrejet of 2 Squadron, South African Air Force. The aircraft depicted (613 G, aka "Precious Poeksie") was named by and assigned to 2nd Lieutenant A. V. Mather, though pilots did not always fly their assigned aircraft due to periodic maintenance and servicing. The "Flying Cheetahs" of 2 Squadron were South Africa's key contribution to the UN forces in the Korean War, where they operated as a fighter-bomber unit attached to the American 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing. From nearly the beginning of the war, 2 Squadron excelled in the ground strike and interdiction role, attacking communist troop concentrations, armor columns, supply convoys, and strategic targets like bridges, tunnels, and munitions dumps. Although spending the first two years of the war flying the obsolete American P-51D Mustang fighter, by 1952 the squadron had been converted to the F-86F Sabrejet, then the most advanced fighter jet model available to the UN forces. 2 Squadron was the only non-American air unit permitted fly any Sabrejets during the war, an honor that attests to the reputation they had won among their American counterparts in the preceding two years of fighting. The new aircraft gave 2 Squadron a great advantage in their conventional ground attack role and also brought them an added measure of success in air-to-air combat. Flying the F-86F in the last year of the war, a 2 Squadron pilot was credited with damaging a communist MiG-15 fighter jet, the most feared aircraft fielded by the communist forces in Korea. After the war, 2 Squadron returned to South Africa, bringing home their Sabrejets along with Presidential Unit Citations from the governments of South Korea and America. Years later, 2 Squadron went on to fly Mirage III jets during the operations in Angola and today it is the only remaining fighter squadron in the South African Air Force.