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North American F-86 "Sabre"

Jet Fighter

Classic American MiG-Killer.

The F-86 'Sabre' holds the distinction of becoming the United States' first swept-wing, jet-powered fighter and was introduced during the first Jet-versus-Jet duels over the Korean Peninsula during the Korean War (1950-1953). Nearly 10,000 of the type were produced during its manufacturing run and the series went on to stock the inventories of many Western allies of the Cold War period including West Germany, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea, and Turkey. The USAF gave up use of the series in 1965 through others continued relying on the classic platform into the 1990s (Bolivia). The FJ 'Fury' and F-100 'Super Sabre' lines owe their lineage to the F-86.
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Mission Roles

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Swept-Back Mainplanes

As America's first jet-powered swept-wing fighter, the F-86 relied on mainplanes that were well-swept along both its leading and trailing edges - maximizing aerodynamic efficiency at high speeds.

Turbojet Power

The single turbojet engine installation was buried deep within the aft-section of the fuselage, exhausting at the rear in typical fashion. While the General Electric J47-GE-27 powerplant could prove slow to respond, it eventually gave the fighter its 6,000lb of thrust, propelling the aircraft to speeds reaching nearly 700 mph.

Successful Airframe

So versatile was the F-86 airframe that it went on to see a broad collection of variants developed including two-seat trainers, aerial targets, fighter-bombers, the 'Australian Sabre' by CAC, and the Sabre Mk series for Canada.

Global Recognition

Beyond tangling with MiGs in the Korean Conflict, the F-86 was taken on by a slew of global operators and also produced in foreign lands by the likes of Fiat (Italy, Mitsubishi (Japan), CAC (Australia), and Canadair (Canada).


Retired, Out-of-Service (72 yrs)
North American - USA; Canadair - Canada; CAC - Australia; FIAT - Italy; Mitsubishi - Japan
9,860 Units
28 Total

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Argentina; Belgium; Canada; Colombia; Denmark; Ethiopia; Germany; Honduras; Iran; Iraq; Japan (Modern); Norway; Pakistan; Peru; Philippines; Portugal; Taiwan; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; South Korea; Spain; Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; United Nations; United States; United States; Venezuela; Yugoslavia

(List includes former, current, and potential operating nations)
F-86F-40-NA: 1 x General Electric J47-GE-27 turbojet engine developing 5,910lb of thrust.

(Assuming optimal flying/environmental conditions)
Maximum Speed
687 mph | 1,105 kph | 597 kts
Service Ceiling
49,541 ft | 15,100 m | 9.38 miles
Operational Range
1,525 miles | 2,455 km | 1,326 nm
9,000 ft/min | 2,743 m/min
(Showcased performance statistics pertain to the F-86F-40-NA production model)
37.73 feet (11.50 meters)
37.07 feet (11.30 meters)
14.76 feet (4.50 meters)
(Showcased measurements pertain to the F-86F-40-NA production model)
11,122 lb (5,045 kg)
18,155 lb (8,235 kg)
(Showcased weights pertain to the F-86F-40-NA production model)
6 x 12.7mm Browning M2 Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs), three installed per front fuselage side.

Rockets or rocket pods carried underwing. Also support for up to 5,300lb of conventional drop bombs/munitions.

Four total hardpoints with two innermost positions plumbed for 200 US gal fuel drop tanks for extended operational ranges. Supported Types:

Conventional Drop Bomb graphic Conventional Drop Bombs
Attack Rocket graphic Rockets / Rocket Pods
Additional Fuel Tank graphic Additional Fuel
F-86 'Sabre' - Base Series Designation.
XF-86 (XP-86/Model NA-140) - Prototype model; three examples completed.
YF-86A - Development model with GE J47 turbojet engine.
F-86A - Initial production model; 554 examples completed.
DF-86A - Drone Director converted from A-models.
RF-86A - Three-camera reconnaissance model; 11 conversions from A-model series.
F-86B - Upgraded A-models; enlarged fuselage; 188 examples order (delivered as F-86A-5).
F-86C (YF-93A/Model NA-157) - Two examples completed.
YF-86D (YF-95A/Model NA-164) - Prototype all-weather interceptor; two examples completed.
F-86D/L - Definitive production model; 2,506 examples completed; enlarged fuselage; enlarged afterburning turbojet engine; radar-equipped nose radome housing added; sans machine guns but provision for aerial rockets; 25% commonality of parts with previous forms.
F-86E - Improved FCS; improved maneuverability; 456 examples completed.
F-86E(M) - Ex-Royal Air Force models for NATO operation.
QF-86E - Ex-Royal Canadian Air Force models revised into target drone form/roles.
F-86F - Uprated engine; '6-3' wing design sans leading edge slats; 2,239 examples completed; 300 by Mitsubishi of Japan.
F-86F(R) - Fitted with Rocketdyne AR2-3 liquid-fueled rocket engine developing between 3,000-6,000lb of thrust; March 1.22 top speed.
F-86F-2 - M39 automatic cannon armament; sans original machine guns; 10 examples converted.
QF-86F - Ex-JASDF Sabres converted to target drones for USN use.
RF-86F - F-86F models with three camera converted for reconnaissance role.
TF-86F - Twin-seat trainer form; lengthened fuselage; slatted wing members; two examples converted.
YF-86H - Developmental fighter-bomber variant with enlarged fuselage; more powerful turbojet engine; lengthened wing members; power-assisted tailplanes; two examples completed.
F-86H - H-model production form; nuclear-capable; Low-Altitude Bombing System (LABS) equipped; 473 examples completed.
QF-86H - Conversion of 29 H-models to target drones for USN.
F-86J - Orenda turbojet engine equipped; single example completed.
F-86K - 'Sabre Dog' fighter-interceptor variant.
F-86L - 'Sabre Dog' fighter-interceptor variant.
FJ 'Fury' - Navalized Sabre for USN.
Sabre Mk.30 - CAC-built; wing slats; Rolls-Royce Avon 20 turbojet engine; 21 examples completed.
Sabre Mk.31 - CAC-built; 6-3 wing design; RR Avon 20 turbojet engine.
Sabre Mk.32 - CAC-built; four underwing hardpoints; Rolls-Royce Avon 26 turbojet engine; 69 examples completed.
Sabre Mk.1 - Canadair-built; single prototype example represented by F-86A model.
Sabre Mk.2
Sabre Mk.3
Sabre Mk.4
Sabre Mk.5
Sabre Mk.6

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