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North American F-86 Sabre


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The F-86, the USAF's first swept-wing jet fighter, first flew in 1947.  Originally designed as a high-altitude day-fighter, it was subsequently redesigned into an all-weather interceptor (F-86D also known as the Dog Sabre) and a fighter-bomber (F-86H).

As a day fighter, the airplane saw service in Korea where it engaged the Russian-built MiG-15.  By the end of hostilities, it had shot down 792 MiGs at a loss of only 76 Sabres, a victory ratio of 10 to 1.

More than 5,500 Sabre day-fighters were built in the U.S. and Canada. The airplane was also used by the air forces of 20 other nations, including West Germany, Japan, Spain, Britain, and Australia.  The U.S. Navy flew a modified F-86 designated the FJ-2 Fury.

     
Specifications (F-86D)

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Type: Fighter
Engine: one 7,500 lb (33.3 kN) afterburning thrust General Electric J47-GE-17B turbojet
P-86: U.S. Army Pursuit (pre-1948)
F-86: U.S. Air Force Fighter (post-1948)
YF-95: initial designation of F-86D
     

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