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North American F-86F Sabre

History of the F-86F Sabre

First manufactured in 1947, the XF-86 was the first US Air Force swept-wing, jet fighter aircraft. The F-86F model was equipped with a more powerful engine and larger wings than previous models, allowing the aircraft to approach the speed of sound. The F-86F achieved its greatest fame during the Korean War when it accomplished an almost 10 to 1 superiority in kills to the similarly-built, Soviet MiG-15.

North American F-86F-30-NA Sabre

Serial Number: 52-4978

Manufacturer: North American Aviation

Crew: One

Engines: One General Electric J47-GE-27 turbojet; 5,910 pounds thrust

Wingspan: 39 feet 1 1/2 inches

Length: 37 feet 6 1/2 inches

Height: 14 feet 9 inches

Weight: 11,125 pounds (empty); 15,198 pounds (loaded)

Speed: 678 mph (maximum)

Range: 926 miles

Service Ceiling: 48,000 feet

Armament: Six .50-caliber machine guns; 2,000 pounds of assorted ordnance

Cost: $769,000

The F-86F Sabre at Hill Air Force Base

Hill Air Force Base first started maintenance on F-86 aircraft and their J47 engines in 1953. The following year, Hill Air Force Base was assigned the maintenance of all the J47 engines stationed within the base’s geographic area of responsibility. The F-86F on display was manufactured in 1953 and was stationed all over the United States before it was acquired by Hill Aerospace Museum in 2004. It is painted to resemble the F-86 “Jolley Roger” flown by Captain Clifford Dale Jolley of the Utah Air National Guard, who is credited with seven aerial victories during the Korean War.

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