Sweet Rose Paint Scheme

'Sweet Rose'/'Dreaded Gomboo' was an F-86F FU-539 Sabre that served in the Korean War. It was piloted by Kenneth C. Ewing and maintained by its crew chief Walter Yocum Jr. (Wally). Join Wally's son, Eric Yocum, in honoring his father by sponsoring the paint job for the F-86 in the Korean War Memorial at Planes of Fame Air Museum. If the $20,000 sponsorship goal is reached, the F-86 will be painted in the FU-539 Sweet Rose paint scheme. 

SWEET ROSE PAINT SCHEME

Walter Yocum Jr. (Wally), was assigned as the crew chief of the F-86F FU-539 Sabre during the Korean War. He quickly added his sweethearts name to the nose, “Sweet Rose”. Wally started dating Rose after high school. He eventually married her the year he returned to the United States on November 5, 1955 in Pennsylvania. They had four children together: Ken, Steve, Tom and Eric. Eric heard about the Korean War Memorial at Planes of Fame and approached the museum with the idea to paint the memorial F-86 in honor of his father.

 

The pilot of the aircraft Kenneth C. Ewing had “Dreaded Gomboo” painted on the nose on his side of the aircraft. The name signified an infectious disease. According to his son, the name was on the plane when he was assigned to it. Ken liked it, and decided to keep it.

To learn more about FU-539, please visit: 

http://yocumusa.com/sweetrose/

$6373 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 21 donors.

Recent Donations:

Ginger Barkley

$100  ∙  Oct. 13, 2019

Gates Family

$100  ∙  Oct. 8, 2019

Groove Subaru

$2500  ∙  Sept. 27, 2019

Amy Pratt

$20  ∙  Sept. 20, 2019

Robert Ewing

$150  ∙  Sept. 14, 2019

Korean War Memorial

A Tribute to The Forgotten War

The Korean War Memorial will be located in front of the Planes of Fame Air Museum. The memorial will commemorate the sacrifices of the 5.8 million Americans who served in the U.S. armed services during the three-year period of the Korean War. The War was one of the most hard fought in our history. During its relatively short duration from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953, over 36,000 Americans died in hostile actions in the Korean War theater. Of these, 8,200 are listed as missing in action, lost, or buried at sea. In addition, 103,284 were wounded during the conflict. 

Project Updates

October 13, 2019: UPDATED SITE PLAN

An artist concept of the complete site to scale has been completed! The original site plan did not include any features on the far side of the F-86. A path will now encircle the F-86 to provide a 360 view of the aircraft. Much better to view the Sweet Rose/Dreaded Gomboo paint scheme!

August 14, 2019: PAINT SCHEME DRAFTED!

The F-86 will be fixed in a banked position (see artist design concept above) which means the right side of the aircraft will be more difficult for visitors to see. To ensure the crew chief name, pilot name, and both aircraft names will be visible, a modified paint scheme has been proposed. The new design will keep the essence of the original artwork of FU-539 but will incorporate both "Sweet Rose" and "Dreaded Gomboo" designs on the left side of the aircraft. The right side of the aircraft will remain unchanged and true to the original design. 

Check back for more updates coming soon!

 

Project Donors

Richard Ewing

$500  ∙  Aug. 8, 2019

Ken Yocum

$500  ∙  Aug. 9, 2019

Josh Hughes

$25  ∙  Aug. 15, 2019

Greg Davies

$50  ∙  Aug. 19, 2019

Amy Telg

$50  ∙  Aug. 25, 2019

Conan Garrett

$30  ∙  Sept. 9, 2019

Robert Ewing

$150  ∙  Sept. 14, 2019

Bob Ewing

$500  ∙  Aug. 8, 2019

Thomas Yocum

$539  ∙  Aug. 9, 2019

Kevin King

$50  ∙  Aug. 16, 2019

Tom & Nancy Bentz

$25  ∙  Aug. 21, 2019

Nancy Ewing

$500  ∙  Aug. 26, 2019

Amy Pratt

$20  ∙  Sept. 20, 2019

Gates Family

$100  ∙  Oct. 8, 2019

Eric Yocum

$539  ∙  Aug. 9, 2019

Stephanie O'Leary

$50  ∙  Aug. 14, 2019

Willard Dunbar Jr

$100  ∙  Aug. 19, 2019

Otha Vaughan

$20  ∙  Aug. 23, 2019

Aurora Paraoan

$25  ∙  Sept. 6, 2019

Groove Subaru

$2500  ∙  Sept. 27, 2019

Ginger Barkley

$100  ∙  Oct. 13, 2019

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