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North American F-86 Sabre

North American F-86F Sabre 52-5385/FU-385 USAF

The North American F-86 Sabre, sometimes called the Sabrejet, was a transonic jet fighter aircraft.

  • Role: Fighter aircraft
  • National origin: United States
  • Manufacturer: North American Aviation
  • First flight: 1 October 1947
  • Introduction: 1949 USAF
  • Retired: 1994, Bolivia
  • Number built: 9,860
  • Variants: CAC Sabre, Canadair Sabre, North American F-86D Sabre and North American FJ-2/-3 Fury

Military operators

  • Argentine Air Force
  • Belgian Air Force
  • Bolivian Air Force
  • Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
  • Colombian Air Force
  • Royal Danish Air Force
  • Ethiopian Air Force
  • German Air Force
  • Honduran Air Force
  • Imperial Iranian Air Force
  • Iraqi Air Force
  • Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF)
  • Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • Royal Norwegian Air Force
  • Pakistani Air Force
  • Peruvian Air Force
  • Philippine Air Force
  • Portuguese Air Force
  • Republic of China Air Force
  • Royal Saudi Air Force
  • South African Air Force
  • Republic of Korea Air Force
  • Spanish Air Force
  • Royal Thai Air Force
  • Tunisian Air Force
  • Turkish Air Force
  • United Nations Operation in the Congo
  • United States Air Force
  • Venezuelan Air Force
  • Yugoslav Air Force

According to the FAA there are 50 privately owned and registered F-86s in the US, including Canadair CL-13 Sabres.

Specifications (F-86F)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 37 ft 1 in (11.4 m)
  • Wingspan: 37 ft 0 in (11.3 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 1 in (4.5 m)
  • Wing area: 313.4 sq ft (29.11 m²)
  • Empty weight: 11,125 lb (5,046 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 15,198 lb (6,894 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 18,152 lb (8,234 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × General Electric J47-GE-27 turbojet, 5,910 lbf (maximum thrust at 7,950 lbf for five min)with water injection (26.3 kN)
  • Fuel provisions Internal fuel load: 437 US gallons (1,650 L)), Drop tanks: 2×200 US gallons (760 L) JP-4 fuel

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 687 mph (1,106 km/h) at sea level at 14,212 lb (6,447 kg) combat weight
    also reported 678 mph (1,091 km/h) and 599 at 35,000 feet (11,000 m) at 15,352 pounds (6,960 kg). (597 knots (1,106 km/h) at 6446 m, 1,091 and 964 km/h at 6,960 m.)
  • Stall speed: 124 mph (power off) (108 knots (200 km/h))
  • Range: 1,525 mi, (2,454 km)
  • Service ceiling: 49,600 ft at combat weight (15,100 m)
  • Rate of climb: 9,000 ft/min at sea level (45.72 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 49.4 lb/ft² (236.7 kg/m²)
  • lift-to-drag: 15.1
  • Thrust/weight: 0.38

Armament

  • Guns: 6 X 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M3 Browning machine guns (1,800 rounds in total)
  • Rockets: variety of rocket launchers; e.g: 2 Matra rocket pods with 18 SNEB 68 mm rockets per pod
  • Bombs: 5,300 lb (2,400 kg) of payload on four external hardpoints, bombs were usually mounted on outer two pylons as the inner pairs were plumbed for 2 200 US gallons (760 L) drop tanks which gave the Sabre a more useful range. A wide variety of bombs could be carried (max standard loadout being 2 1,000 lb bombs plus two drop tanks), napalm canisters and could have included a tactical nuclear weapon.