- Delivered: 1951
- RCAF 1956
- South Africa AF serial number 363 until 1979 Flight Systems
- Gerald Smith – June 1991
- Corporate Jets – April 1992-1995
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. This F-86 flew into Chino in June of 2004 to become a part of Yanks ever growing collection of historically significant American aircraft.