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Posted 10/30/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
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North American F-86H
North American F-86H-10 (S/N 53-1352). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The F-86H, perfected after the signing of the Korean Armistice, represented the practical application of knowledge gained from the thousands of combat missions flown by its predecessors, the F-86A, E and F. Intended primarily for use as a fighter-bomber, it was larger and heavier than the A, E and F series and had better all-around performance.

The airplane was produced from late 1953 to August 1955, with more than 450 built. It was never used in combat, but it provided the USAF with a formidable fighter-bomber aircraft until the advent of the supersonic F-100.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force has an F-86H on display in its Cold War Gallery.

Type Number built/
F-86H 475 Improved F-86F; fighter-bomber

Armament: Four M-39 20mm cannon (Blocks 5 and 10; last 360 aircraft built) or six .50-cal. machine guns (Block 1; 113 aircraft built); eight 5-in. rockets, 2,000 lbs. of bombs, or nuclear weapon; Note: First two F-86Hs had no armament
Engine: One General Electric J73-GE-3E turbojet of 9,070 lbs. thrust
Maximum speed: 693 mph
Cruising speed: 550 mph
Range: 1,050 miles
Combat ceiling: 51,400 ft.
Span: 39 ft. 1 in.
Length: 38 ft. 10 in.
Height: 14 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 18,683 lbs. loaded
Crew: One

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