DAYTON, Ohio - Lt. Col. Bruce Hinton stands beside the North American F-86A Sabre in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The museum's F-86 is is marked as the 4th Fighter Group F-86A flown by Lt. Col. Bruce Hinton on Dec. 17, 1950, when he became the first F-86 pilot to shoot down a MiG. (U.S. Air Force photo)
The F-86, the U.S. Air Force's first swept-wing jet fighter, made its initial flight in October 1947. The first production model flew in May 1948, and four months later, an F-86A set a new world speed record of 670.9 mph.
As a day fighter, the F-86A (and later F-86Es and F-86Fs) saw service in Korea as the primary opponent of the Russian-built MiG-15. By the end of hostilities, F-86 pilots had shot down 792 MiGs, with a kill ratio of about 8:1.
More than 5,500 F-86 day fighters were built in the U.S. and Canada. Air forces of 20 other nations, including West Germany, Japan, Spain, Great Britain and Australia, also operated the Sabre.
The F-86A on display was flown to the museum in 1961. It is marked as the 4th Fighter Group F-86A flown by Lt. Col. Bruce Hinton on Dec. 17, 1950, when he became the first F-86 pilot to shoot down a MiG.
TECHNICAL NOTES: Armament: Six .50-cal. machine guns Engine:General Electric J47 of 5,200 lbs. thrust Maximum speed: 685 mph Range: 1,200 miles Ceiling: 49,000 ft. Span: 37 ft. 1 in. Length: 37 ft. 6 in. Height: 14 ft. 8 in. Weight: 13,791 lbs. loaded Serial number: 49-1067