North American Aviation F-86 Sabre (Interceptor)

General Information

MAKE: North American Aviation
MISSION: Interceptor
NICKNAME: Sabre-dog
Located in Hangar 79


The F-86D first flew on December 22, 1949. It was developed as an all-weather interceptor version of the formidable F-86A. The F-86D was used in the 1950s to guard against enemy air attack, both in the United States and overseas. Over 2500 of the F86- D models were produced.

The F-86D is well-known for historic firsts. It was the first U.S. Air Force aircraft to have all-rocket armament. It was also the first all-weather interceptor with a one-man crew to pilot the aircraft and to operate the radar fire control system. The F-86D set new world speed records of 698 mph in November 1952 and 715 mph in July 1953.

The F-86L is an updated version of the F-86D Sabre. The newer version utilized longer-span slatted wings to improve high altitude performance and maneuverability. Smaller wings previously caused this to be a weak point of the Sabre series. The F-86L was equipped with onboard data-link to the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) air defense system. SAGE was the first computer war system developed; it allowed more accurate all-weather, day or night interceptions.


CONTRACTOR: North American Aviation
DATE DEPLOYED: First flight, October 1947; Operational 1949
PROPULSION: One General Electric J47-GE-13 turbojet
SPAN: 37 feet 0 inches (11.3 m)
LENGTH: 37 feet 6 inches (11.4 m)
HEIGHT: 14 feet 8 inches (4.5 m)
WEIGHT: 16,350 pounds (7416.2 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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