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North American F-86 Sabre
Technical Information

Background
Produced by North American Aviation, the Sabre is best known as America's first swept wing fighter aircraft. Developed in the late 1940s and was outdated by the end of the 1950s, the Sabre proved versatile and adaptable. The F-86 was produced as both a fighter-interceptor and fighter-bomber. Several variants were introduced over its production life. The last active operational examples were retired by the Bolivian Air Force in 1994.

Korean War
During the Korean War, three squadrons of F-86s were rushed to the Far East during December 1950 to counter the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 in the skies over North Korea. Early variants of the F-86 could not outturn, but they could outdive 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. MiGs flown from bases in Manchuria by Red Chinese, North Korean, and Soviet VVS pilots were pitted against two squadrons of the 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing forward-based at K-14, Kimpo Airfield.

Production
Between 1949-1956 a total of 9,860 aircraft were built.
North American built a total of 6,297 F-86s and 1,115 FJs
Fiat built 221 aircraft
Mitsubishi built 300 aircraft
Canadair Sabre built 1,815 in Canada
Australian Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) built 112.

Technical Details (Model 10A)
Crew  1, pilot
Engine  1 x General Electric J47-GE-27 turbojet, 5,910 lbf (maximum thrust at 7.950 rpm for five min)
Span  37' 0"
Length  37' 1"
Height  14' 1"
Maximum Speed  687 mph at sea level
Range  1,525 miles
Capaicity  6 x 50 caliber Browning M2 machine guns with 1,602 rounds total
External  Up to 5,300 lbs of bombs or rockets on four external hard points or 2 x 200 gallon drop tanks
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