SABRE
SABRE

Manufacturer

NORTH AMERICAN

Markings:

354th Fighter Interceptor Squadron

Designation:

F-86L

Serial Number:

53-0965

NORTH AMERICAN F-86L SABRE

The F-86D is the radar equipped all-weather interceptor version of the Sabre. The aircraft is really a completely new design based on the F-86 and in fact it was initially designated as the F-95A. In addition to the redesigned nose to accommodate the radar the "Sabre Dog" was equipped with an afterburning engine and eliminated the gun armament in favor of a retractable tray containing 24 2.75-inch air-to-air rockets. This version of the Sabre was assigned to the Air Defense Command as an interceptor during the 1950s and later to several Air National Guard units. Starting in 1956 a total of 981 F-86Ds were converted to F-86Ls. This involved fitting a redesigned wing and new electronic equipment.
 

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 39 ft 1 in
  • Length: 40 ft 4 in
  • Height: 15 ft
  • Weight: 17,100 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 707 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 54,600 ft
  • Range: 836 miles
  • Engines: 1 General Electric J47-GE-17 turbojet 7,630 lbs thrust
  • Crew: 1