Manufactured by North American
The F-86 first flew on October 1, 1947 and was the first American fighter to feature a swept wing. On April 26, 1948, it became the first US production fighter to exceed the speed of sound (in a dive). Sabres (F-86A, E & F models) became famous during the Korean War when they engaged in aerial combat with Soviet-built MiG-15 jet fighters. The Sabre scored a kill ratio of better than 10 to 1 over the MiG-15.
The radar-equipped F-86D & L were flown by the Colorado Air National Guard in the 1950s along with a few F-86E & Fs. The Colorado ANG Minute Men precision demonstration team flew acrobatic displays in their silver and red F-86Fs.
Our F-86H Sabre Jet The F-86H on display was one of the last variants of the Sabre produced. It was optimized for the fighter-bomber role and featured a more powerful engine, a deeper fuselage and four 20mm cannon replacing the earlier six 50 cal. machine guns.
- Role/Category: Fighter
- Wingspan: 39 feet, 1 inch
- Length: 38 feet, 6 inches
- Height: 14 feet, 11 inches
- Weight: 24,700 lbs max
- Powerplant: One General Electric J73-GE-3D with 8,920 lbs of thrust
- Speed: 690 mph (600 knots) or 1.0 mach at altitude
- Ceiling: 50,800 feet
- Crew: One pilot
- Armament: Four M-39 20mm cannon or six .50 cal machine guns plus 2000 lbs. bombs/rockets