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"I visited Planes of Fame a week ago and was highly impressed. I've been a docent at the National Air and Space Museum (Garber facility) for the past 26 years, and I can truthfully say that your museum doesn't take a back seat to the national museum at all. Why? Because your aircraft are where they out to be- in real airplane hangars AND most of them FLY... I could go on and on. For years I've been telling visitors on my tours to go to Chino if they had the chance. Now I'm going to tell them to MAKE the chance."
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North American F-86F
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.
|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|