North American F-86 Sabre
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 Developed in the late 1940s and was outdated by the end of the 1950s, the Sabre proved versatile and adaptable.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.
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.
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.