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F-86 Sabre

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F-86 Sabre

The F-86, the Air Force’s first swept-wing jet fighter, made its initial flight on October 1, 1947. The first production model flew on May 20, 1948, and on September 15, 1948, an F-86A set a new world speed record of 670.9 mph. Originally designed as a high-altitude day-fighter, it was subsequently redesigned into an all-weather interceptor (F-86D) and a fighter-bomber (F-86H).

As a day fighter, the airplane saw service in Korea in three successive series (F-86A, E, and F), where it engaged the Russian-built MiG-15. By the end of hostilities, it had shot down 792 MiGs at a loss of only 76 Sabres, a victory ratio of 10 to 1. More than 5,500 Sabre day-fighters were built in the U.S. and Canada. The aircraft was also used by the air forces of 20 other nations, including West Germany, Japan, Spain, England, and Australia. The markings on this aircraft are those of the “Rocketeers,” the 336th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 4th Fighter Interceptor Group, which achieved an outstanding combat record during the Korean War.

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Wing Span: 37 ft 1 in
Length: 37 ft 6 in
Height: 14 ft 8 in
Weight: 13,791 lb loaded
Engines: One General Electric J-47 turbojet of 5,200 lb thrust
Armament: Six .50-cal. machine guns and eight 5-in rockets or 2,000 lb of bombs
Crew: One
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