The F-86 Sabre
Hello this is my post on the F-86 Sabre, an advanced first generation American fighter aircraft.
First built June 23, 1954
It was the first fighter aircraft fielded by the United States to have swept wings and.
It's Propulsion system was a General Electric J47-GE engine and its wings were swept at 35 degrees backwards.
It had a wingspan of 37 feet and 1 inch, and it could barely exceed mach 1 in a dive.
It could be armed with 6x AN/M3 .50 caliber (12.7x99mm) nose mounted machine guns OR 4x AN/M3 20mm Hispano Autocannons and could be fitted with dumb bombs and/or rockets using external pylons.
Some air force squadrons had armed their Sabres with early Sidewinder air-to-air missiles (AIM-9B) and had proved exceedingly successful.
The YF-95 was the initial design for the F-86. It did not yet feature swept wings and suffered in performance in comparison.
-Usage in the Korean War:
It was used in the Korean War as the primary ground based fighter aircraft of the United States Air Force. It would see combat with its main adversaries, the MIG-17 and MIG-15. It had a kill ratio of around 2:1.
F-86F Sabre FU-584
F-86D Sabre FU-863