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DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-86A Sabre on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-86A Sabre on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-86A Sabre on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-86A Sabre on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-86A Sabre on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-86A Sabre on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-86A Sabre (left) on display with the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-86A Sabre (left) on display with the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-86A Sabre (left) on display with the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-86A Sabre (left) on display with the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- MiG Alley exhibit in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- MiG Alley exhibit in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-86A cockpit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- North American F-86A cockpit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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)

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

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