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The North American F-86 Sabre, or SabreJet, was the Air Force's first swept-wing jet fighter.  The aircraft made its initial flight on October 1, 1947.

F-86 Sabre
North American Aviation's F-86 Sabre
(from the author's collection of Topps Wings Friend or Foe cards)s)

Originally designed as a high-altitude day-fighter, the Sabre was subsequently redesigned into an all-weather interceptor (F-86D) and a fighter-bomber (F-86H).  The first production model flew on May 20, 1948, and on September 15, 1948, an F-86A set a new world speed record of 670.9 mph.

Considered one of the best and most important fighter aircraft in the Korean War, the F-86 is also rated highly in comparison with fighters of other eras. Although it was developed in the late 1940s and was outdated by the end of the 1950s, the Sabre proved versatile and adaptable, and continued as a front-line fighter in numerous air forces for many years.

More than 7,800 F-86 aircraft were built in the United States, Japan and Italy between 1949 and 1956. Variants were built in Canada and Australia. The F-86 became the most-produced Western jet fighter, with total production of all variants at 9,860 air frames.

North American FJ Fury

The North American FJ Fury was a swept-wing carrier-capable fighter-bomber for the U.S. Navy and Us. Marine Corps.

The last of the Naval Furys was the FJ-4, a followup to the FJ-2 and FJ-3. It appears to be a modified F-86 Sabre, but a closer look will show many differences and only the family ancestry is apparent. A total of 374 FJ-4 aircraft were built.

Technical Specifications of the F-86

Span: 37 feet, 1 inch
Length: 37 feet, 6 inches
Height: 14 feet, 8 inches 
Weight: 13,791 lbs. loaded
Armament: Six .50-cal. machine guns and eight 5-in. rockets or 2,000 lbs. of bombs
Maximum speed: 685 mph
Cruising speed: 540 mph
Range: 1,200 miles
Combat ceiling: 49,000 ft
Engine: One General Electric J47 turbojet of 5,200 lbs. thrust
Cost: $178,000
Crew: One 

F-86 Sabre Photos Courtesy of the PlanesOfThePast Staff

North American F-86H Sabre S/N 53-1525 at the Pima Air & Space Museum
North American F-86H Sabre S/N 53-1525 at the Pima Air & Space Museum
Close-up of the nose section of the North American F-86H Sabre at the Pima Air & Space Museum
North American F-86H at the Pima Air & Space Museum
Close-up of the tail section of the North American F-86H S/N 31525, buzz number FU-525, at Pima Air Museum
Close-up of the tail section of the North American F-86H S/N 31525, buzz number FU-525, at Pima Air Museum
F-86 Sabre S/N 12910, Buzz Number FU-910, on display at the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB, Florida
F-86 Sabre S/N 12910, Buzz Number FU-910, on display at the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB, Florida
F-86 Sabre, S/N 12910, "Beauteous Butch II" flown by Capt. Joseph C. McConnell
restored and on display at the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB, Florida
F-86 Sabre, S/N 12910, "Beauteous Butch II" flown by Capt. Joseph C. McConnell at the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB, Florida
F-86F Sabre "Jolley Roger", buzz number FU-834, at the Hill Aerospace Museum, Ogden, Utah
North American F-86F S/N 52-4978, buzz number FU-834, at the Hill Aerospace Museum, Ogden, Utah
North American F-86F Sabre at the Hill Aerospace Museum, Ogden, Utah
North American F-86F S/N 52-4978, buzz number FU-834, at the Hill Aerospace Museum, Ogden, Utah
North American F-86H Sabre S/N 53-1230 on static display at the Castle Air Museum in California
North American F-86H Sabre S/N 53-1230 on static display at the Castle Air Museum in California
North American F-86 Sabre S/N 52-4931 at England Air Park in Alexandria Louisiana
North American F-86 Sabre S/N 52-4931 on display at England Air Park in Alexandria Louisiana
North American FJ-4 Fury on display at the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler, Texas
North American FJ-4 Fury on display at the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler, Texas

Photos Courtesy of Our Friends and Supporters

F-86 Sabre, S/N 31404, on display at Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, New Mexico
(photo courtesy of Andrew Hersey)
F-86 Sabre, S/N 31404, on display at Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, New Mexico
F-86E Sabre, S/N 91086, Buzz Number FU-086, on display at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Washington
(photo courtesy of Michael Hoschouer)
F-86E Sabre S/N 91086 on display at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Washington
F-86 Sabre on display at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska
(photo courtesy of Michael Hoschouer)
F-86 Sabre on display at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska
F-86F Sabre, S/N 12884, on display at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado
(photo courtesy of Michael Hoschouer)
F-86F Sabre, S/N 12884, on display at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado

F-86 Sabre Photos Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

F-86 Sabre S/N 24363 FU-363 on runway apron (photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)
F-86 Sabre S/N 24363 FU-363 on runway apron (photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)
F-86F Sabres on runway apron, with FU877 "Miss Tena" in the foreground (photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)
F-86F Sabres on runway apron, with FU877 "Miss Tena" in the foreground
F-86H Sabre S/N 31298 FU-298 in flight (photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)
F-86H Sabre S/N 31298 FU-298 in flight
F-86 Sabre S/N 31352 on runway apron (photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)
F-86 Sabre S/N 31352 on runway apron
F-86F Sabre S/N 25222 FU-222 on runway apron (photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)
F-86F Sabre S/N 25222 FU-222 on runway apron
F-86 Sabre 24584 FU-584 flown by Col. John Glenn (photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)
F-86 Sabre 24584 FU-584 flown by Col. John Glenn

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