North American Aviation F-86 Sabre (Fighter)

General Information

MAKE: North American Aviation
MISSION: Fighter
Located in Hangar 79


The F-86 was the U. S. Air Force’s first swept-wing jet fighter. Making its initial flight in October 1947, the first production model flew in May 1948. Four months later, an F-86A set a new world speed record of 670.9 mph.

As a day fighter, the F-86A, E, and F models served in Korea as the primary opponent of the Russian-built MiG-15. By the end of hostilities, F-86 pilots had shot down 792 MiGs, with a kill ratio of 8:1.

More than 5,500 F-86 day fighters were built in the United States, Canada, and air forces of 20 other nations, including West Germany, Japan, Spain, Great Britain and Australia.

Please visit “North American F-86E Sabre” blog post for more information on this aircraft.


CONTRACTOR: North American Aviation
DATE DEPLOYED: First flight, October 1947; Operational 1949
PROPULSION: One General Electric J47-GE-13 turbojet
SPAN: 37 feet 6 inches (11.4 m)
LENGTH: 37 feet 0 inches (11.3 m)
HEIGHT: 14 feet 8 inches (4.5 m)
WEIGHT: 10,600 pounds (4808.1 kg)
MAXIMUM SPEED: 675 mph (1086.3 km/h)
STALL SPEED: 124 mph (power off) (108 knots (200 km/h))
SERVICE CEILING: 48,300 feet (14.7 km)
RANGE: 360 miles (579.4 km)
ARMAMENT: 1× 6 X 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns (1,602 rounds in total),various hardpoint and missile loadouts



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