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US North American F-86 ''Sabre'' Fighter Jet

  • General History
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The first swept-wing (fixed) US Jet Fighter, The North American F-86 ''Sabre'' Fighter Jet – was also th official ''counter'' Fighter to the vaunted Soviet MIG-Class of Fighter Jets, which dominated the skies over Korea during The Korean War of 1950-1953. This War was also considered by Historians as the first ''Jet Fighter'' War. Developed in 1947, The ''Sabre'' was first introduced in 1949 to The US Air Force. In addition to being a superior ''dog fighter'' (air to air combat), The F-86 was an instrumental Ground Attack (support) Fighter. It was the first Jet Fighter to incorporate a 35-degree ''swept wing'' configuration. (21) variants were produced by North American, and The F-86 was a high export Fighter to other friendly foreign Nations, with Bolivia using them until 1994 (making The ''Sabre'' one of the oldest continual 1[sup]st[/sup] Generation Fighters in existence).

 

The ''Sabre'' was piloted by (1) and was 38-feet in length. The swept-wing span was 38-feet. Powered by a single GE J47 Turbo Jet, rated at 5,910 IBF Thrust. The airspeed was rated at 1,091-mph, with a service ceiling of 49,000-feet Armament included (6) .50 Caliber wing mounted Guns with Pods for multiple 68mm Rockets. The ''Sabre'' could support over 5,000-pounds of Ordnance. The F-86 could also support a tactical Nuclear device (if needed).