The North American F-86 Sabre, sometimes called the Sabrejet, is a transonic jet fighter aircraft. Produced by North American Aviation

North American: F-86 Sabre

Role Fighter aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer North American Aviation
First flight 1 October 1947
Introduction 1949, with USAF
Retired 1965 (USAF)
Primary users United States Air Force
Japan Air Self-Defense Force
Number built 9,860
Developed from North American FJ-1 Fury
Variants CAC Sabre
Canadair Sabre / North American FJ-2/-3 Fury
Developed into North American F-86D Sabre
North American FJ-4 Fury / North American YF-93
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North American F-86 Sabre

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The North American F-86 Sabre

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The North American F-86 Sabre, sometimes called the Sabrejet, is a transonic jet fighter aircraft. Produced by North American Aviation, the Sabre is best known as the United States’ first swept-wing fighter that could counter the swept-wing Soviet MiG-15 in high-speed dogfights in the skies of the Korean War (1950–1953), fighting some of the earliest jet-to-jet battles in history. Considered one of the best and most important fighter aircraft in that war, the F-86 is also rated highly in comparison with fighters of other eras.[2] Although it was developed in the late 1940s and was outdated by the end of the 1950s, the Sabre proved versatile and adaptable and continued as a front-line fighter in numerous air forces.

Operational History

The F-86 entered service with the USAF in 1949, joining the 1st Fighter Wing‘s 94th Fighter Squadron and became the primary air-to-air jet fighter used by the Americans in the Korean War. While earlier straight-winged jets such as the F-80 and F-84 initially achieved air victories, when the swept-wing Soviet MiG-15 was introduced in November 1950, it outperformed all UN-based aircraft. In response, three squadrons of F-86s were rushed to the Far East in December.[26] Early variants of the F-86 could not out turn, but they could out dive the MiG-15, although the MiG-15 was superior to the early F-86 models in ceiling, acceleration, rate of climb, and zoom. With the introduction of the F-86F in 1953, the two aircraft were more closely matched, with many combat-experienced pilots claiming a marginal superiority for the F-86F. 


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GNorth American F-86D Sabre Dog (1949)

F-86D Production interceptor originally designated F-95A, 2,504 built.F-86GProvisional designation for F-86D variant with uprated engine and equipment changes, 406 built as F-86Ds.YF-86KBasic version of F-86D intended for export with rocket tray replaced by four 20 mm cannon and simplified fire control system, two conversions. F-86KNATO version of F-86D; MG-4 fire control system; four 20 mm M24A1 cannon with 132 rounds per gun; APG-37 radar. 120 were built by North American, 221 were assembled by Fiat.F-86LUpgrade conversion of F-86D with new electronics, extended wingtips and wing leading edges, revised cockpit layout, and uprated engine; 981 converted.


General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 37 ft 1 in (11.30 m)
  • Wingspan: 39 ft 1 in (11.91 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m
  • Empty weight: 11,125 lb (5,046 kg)
  • Gross weight: 15,198 lb (6,894 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 18,152 lb (8,234 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × General Electric J47-GE-27 turbojet engine, 5,910 lbf (26.3 kN) thrust


  • Maximum speed: 687 mph (1,106 km/h, 597 kn) at sea level at 14,212 lb (6,446 kg) 
  • Range: 1,525 mi (2,454 km, 1,325 nmi)
  • Combat range: 414 mi (666 km, 360 nmi) with two 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs and 2x 200 US gallons (170 imp gal; 760 L) drop tanks[93]
  • Service ceiling: 49,600 ft (15,100 m)
  • Time to altitude: 30,000 ft (9,144 m) in 5 minutes 12 seconds


Guns: 6 X 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M3 Browning machine guns (1,800 rounds in total)
Rockets: variety of rocket launchers; e.g.: 2 Matra rocket pods with 18 SNEB 68 mm rockets per pod
Bombs: 5,300 lb (2,400 kg) of payload on four external hardpoints,

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