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The F-86 Sabre was developed in response to a 1944 request for a single-seat high-altitude fighter. The chief designer was Edgar Schmued, who had also designed the P-51 Mustang. The F-86 was derived from the design of the straight-wing FJ Fury series of Navy aircraft. Following the end of World War 2, German advances in swept-wing research led to the Sabre receiving a 35-degree swept wing.

The XP-86 prototype flew on 01 October 1947, and the aircraft entered service with the USAF in 1949 as the F-86A. Several versions were built, with the ultimate day fighter version being the F-86F, of which 2,239 were built. The F-86D was the most-produced version; this model had a large radome in the nose, and a larger fuselage to accommodate an afterburning engine. In truth, the F-86D shared only about 25 percent commonality with other F-86 variants.

The Sabre was the primary U.S. air-to-air fighter during the Korean War. It was closely matched to the Russian-designed MiG-15 being flown by Korean, Chinese, and Soviet pilots over "MiG Ailey." The American pilots were better trained than their enemies, resulting in a favorable kill ratio for the F-86. Of the 40 pilots that achieved "ace" status in Korea, all but one flew F-86s.

Sabres were flown by many nations, including Pakistan, Portugal, the UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands. Variants of the F-86 were also built under license in Canada and Australia.


SPECIFICATIONS


Status: Flyable Length: 37 ft. 6 in.
Manufacturer: North American Height: 14 ft. 8 in.
Year: 1949 Maximum Speed: 685 mph
Model: F-86E Sabre Cruise Speed: 550 mph
Serial Number: FU-067 Power Plant: 1-General Electric J47-GE-27 turbojet with
5,200 lbs. of thrust
Crew: 1 Range: 1,200 miles
Max T/O Weight: 13,791 lb. Service Ceiling: 49,000 ft.
Span: 37 ft. 1 in. Armament: Six 0.50-cal machine guns


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