In 1944, the debut of the ME-262 leads to the development of new jet aircraft. North American Aviation was working on the FJ-1 Fury for the Navy and F-86 Sabre jet design for the USAAF.
The Sabre was a sleek aircraft, using a low swept wing and tail surface design inspired by German WWII wind tunnel studies. In 1951 the first great jet fighter of the USAAF went to Korea.
Replacing the P-80 Shooting Star, the F-86 won back air superiority from the MIG-15. Although greatly outnumbered the Sabre earned its 10:1 kill ratio with aggressive pilots, proven tactics and WWII combat experience. Used by nearly all western countries the F-86 remained in front-line service for nearly 20 years. This model is the fastest Sabre at over 710 MPH.
The F-86 flew into Chino in June 2004 to become a part of Yanks ever growing collection of historically significant American aircraft.
|DISPLAY STATUS||COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||CURRENT LOCATION|
|PURPOSE & TYPE||MATERIALS||ERA & DATE RANGE|
1945 – 1975
First Produced: 1948
Number Built: 655 Mk 6s
Armament: (6). 50 cal Colt-Browning machine guns, Up to (2) 1,000 lb bombs or (16) 5” rocketsAcquired by Yanks in 2004
|Wingspan: 37 ft 1 in
Wing Area: 304 sq ft
Length: 47 ft 6 in
Height: 14 ft 7 in
Empty Weight: 11,020 lbs
Gross Weight: 17,611 lbs
Thrust: 7,440 lbs
Cruise Speed: 552 mph
Maximum Speed: 710 mph
Range: 1,495 miles with tanks
|Delivered: 1951RCAF: 1956
South Africa AF Serial Number 363 until 1979
Gerald Smith – June 1991
Corporate Jets – April 1992 – 1995