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   Douglas A-26 Invader
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   Hawker Hurricane
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   Lockheed P-38 Lightning
   Messerschmitt Bf-109
   Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen
   North American P-51 Mustang

   Polikarpov I-16
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   Supermarine Spitfire
   Yakovlev Yak-3
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Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan (C-45)
   Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
   Boeing / Stearman PT-17

   Commonwealth CA-25 Winjeel
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   Hunting / Percival Provost
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   N. American T-28 Trojan

   Piaggio P149
   Ryan PT-22 Recruit

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   Beechcraft C-45 (AT-11)

   Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter (KC-97)
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   Douglas C-54 Skymaster

   Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
   Fairchild C-123 Provider
   Grumman C-1 Trader (S-2)
   Lockheed C-60 Lodestar
   Lockheed C-69 Constellation

Utility / Observation / Special Duty:
   Aeronca L-3 Grasshopper
   Aeronca L-16 Grasshopper
   Antonov AN-2 Colt
   Auster AOP 6/9
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   Avro Shackleton
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   Consolidated PBY Catalina

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   Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
   Junkers Ju 52/3m

   Lockheed P2V Neptune
   Max Holste M.H.1521 Broussard
   Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun

   Noorduyn UC-64 Norseman
   North American L-17 Navion
   N. Am./ Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
   Piper L-4 Grasshopper
   Stinson L-5 Sentinel
   Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper
   Westland Lysander

   Aero L-29 Delfin
   Aero L-39 Albatros
   Aermacchi MB-326
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   Canadair Tutor
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   DeHavilland Vampire
   DeHavilland Venom
   English Electric Canberra
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   Hispano HA-200 Saeta
   Hunting Jet Provost
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   Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
   McDonnell-Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
   McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom
   Messerschmitt Me-262
   Mikoyan MiG-15
   Mikoyan MiG-17
   Mikoyan MiG-21
   N. Am. F-86 Sabre / FJ-4 Fury
   N. Am. F-100 Super Sabre
   N. Am. / Rockwell T-2 Buckeye
   Northrop T-38 Talon / F-5
   PZL / WSK TS-11 Iskra
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North American F-86 Sabre /
FJ-2/3/4 Fury

(Variants/Other Names: See History below.)

F-86 Sabre
F-86 Sabre N86FS, at the time owned and operated by Wyatt Fuller.
Photo by Max Haynes - MaxAir2Air.com

History: In 1944, North American Aviation submitted a design for a swept-wing day fighter which could also be used as a dive-bomber or escort fighter. Two prototype XP-86s were contracted in late 1944, but were not built until after WWII due to the incorporation of several design modifications which were prompted by German research data. The first XP-86 prototype flew on 1 October 1947, powered by a 3,750-pound thrust G.E. J35 engine. After it was re-engined with a more powerful G.E. J47 turbojet the following spring, it was re-designated the YP-86A, and exceeded the speed of sound in a shallow dive. The first production model was initially designated the P-86A, but became the F-86A in June 1948. By the time the new fighter entered US Air Force service in 1949, it had gained the name "Sabre."

Many variants were produced throughout the Sabre's life, the most numerous being the F-86D, an all-weather/night fighter, or which 2,054 were built. In addition to the Sabres built by North American, Canadair Ltd. in Montreal built 60 F-86Es for the US Air Force, plus at least 1,750 Sabre Mk 2/3/4/5/6s for the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The later Sabres were powered by various models of the native Orenda engine. Construction of the Sabre was also undertaken by Australia's Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, which modified the aircraft design to accept two 30-mm Aden guns and a Rolls-Royce Avon 26 engine. Similarly, Fiat in Italy assembled at least 220 F-86Ks from component kits provided by North American, and Japan's Mitsubishi company assembled approximately 300 more.

An offshoot of the F-86 program began when the US Navy and Marine Corps submitted a request for an evaluation variant of the F-86E Sabre, which they designated the XFJ-2 Fury. This new airplane had an arresting hook, an extended nose gear, and a catapult hitch. Later variants of the Fury improved on these features. The FJ-2 had folding wings, the FJ-3 had a deeper fuselage and more powerful engine, and the totally-redesigned FJ-4 and FJ-4B attack aircraft bear only a passing resemblance to their predecessors. [Editor's Note: See our photo coverage of EAA AirVenture 2003 for a photo of an FJ-4 Fury.]

The F-86 saw extensive action in the Korean war, where it was often pitted against the slightly superior MiG-15. Despite the imbalance of capability in their airplanes, Sabre pilots were able to gain superiority over the MiGs. F-86s were exported to many nations around the world, and several live on as target drones, test and research aircraft and, of course, privately-owned warbirds. There is also one privately-owned FJ-4 Fury.

Nicknames: Sabredog; Dog; Dogship (F-86D); Cheesefighter (Dutch F-86Ks, named after the former Amsterdam Superintendent of Police, a Mr. Kaasjager, whose name translated to "Cheesefighter" or "Cheesehunter").

Specifications (F-86D):
        Engine: One 7,500-pound thrust afterburning General Electric J47-GE-17B or -33 turbojet
        Weight: Empty 12,470 lbs., Max Takeoff 17,100 lbs.
        Wing Span: 37ft. 1in.
        Length: 40ft. 4in.
        Height: 15ft. 0in.
            Maximum Speed at Seal Level: 707 mph
            Ceiling: 45,600 ft.
            Range: 835 miles
        Armament: 24 69.9-mm (2.75-inch) air-to-air rockets

Number Built: 9,502

Number Still Airworthy: Approximately 15.

F-86 Cockpit Photos:
(Click for larger)

Special Feature:
"Sabre Shoot" -- Associate Editor Job Conger covers a memorable air-to-air photo shoot of Mike Keenum's beautiful F-86.

Duncan's F-86 Sabre Website
F-86 "Airspray" Sabre Photos
MiG vs. Sabre Anatomy -- NOVA interactive feature.
North American F-86 History page (Boeing)
Sabre Pilots Association
Sabre Pilots Association of the Air Division (SPAADS) -- RCAF
USAF Museum Sabre page



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