RNoAF F-86F Sabre

RNoAF North American F-86F Sabre

TYPE: Single-seat jet fighter-bomber

6X 12.7mm M-3 Machineguns
16x 12.7cm HVAR rockets
907.18 kg max. bomb load
Drop tanks
JATO ROCKETS reversed for shorter landings

Crew: 1
Length: 11.30 m
Wingspan: 11.91 m
Height: 4.29 m
Wing area: 29.12 m2
Airfoil: root: NACA 0009-64 mod. tip: NACA 0008.1-64 mod.
Empty weight: 5,046 kg
Gross weight: 6,894 kg
Max takeoff weight: 8,234 kg
Fuel capacity: JP-4 fuel: 1,650 L internals + 2x 760 L drop tanks
Powerplant: 1x General Electric J47-GE-27 turbojet engine, 26.3 kN thrust

Maximum speed:

  • 1,106 km/h at sea level 6,446 kg combat weight
  • 1,091 km/h M1.02
  • 964 km/h at 10,668 m at 6,964 kg
  • 961 km/h at 6,446 m
  • 964 km/h at 6,960 m
    Stall speed: 200 km/h
    Range: 2,454 km
    Combat range: 666 km with two 454 kg bombs and 2x 760 L drop tanks
    Service ceiling: 15,100 m at combat weight
    Rate of climb: 46 m/s at sea level
    Time to altitude: 9,144 m in 5 minutes 12 seconds
    Lift-to-drag: 15
    Thrust/weight: 0.42

Martin-Baker Mk. S.5 launch seats
and more

SERIAL NUMBERS - times in service and fates
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The Saber is best known as America’s first swept-wing fighter. It was considered one of the best and most important fighters during the Korean War, where it was measured against the Soviet-built MIG-15. Originally, the aircraft was based on a straight-wing design of which the USAAF ordered three prototypes as early as 15 May 1945. In the meantime, the F-86 became the first American aircraft type to utilize the German research results from the war years, which, among other things, formed the basis for the development of Messerschmitt Me 262 - a German jet that entered service towards the end of the war and became a feared opponent at the time. Dart-shaped wings provided less drag and delayed choppy wave problems encountered with propeller-driven aircraft that approached the speed of sound.

The F-86F, which came to Norway from 1957, was a version of the aircraft that flew for the first time on 19 March 1952. It had more powerful engines than previous versions and a new and reinforced wing, which gave the aircraft significantly better combat characteristics. The first planes that came to Norway had this wing, but eventually all Norwegian operational machines got a wing with slots along the leading edge of the wings, which was better suited at low speeds. These wings were also 30cm longer than the original ones, which gave better stability at high altitudes.

The F-86F-35 was the first model to be equipped with tactical nuclear weapons. These aircraft were equipped with a Low Altitude Bombing System - LABS. This was a computer that allowed the aircraft to carry a 600kg Mk.12 antomic bomb.

The first four aircraft arrived at Gardermoen on 30 March 1957 from France and were assigned to 332 Squadron on 10 April. All the planes that were delivered to Norway were well-used, but completely overhauled machines. 332 squadron was given the role of OTU and was supposed to familiarize new pilots with the aircraft type. 336 squadron, which had contingency operational duties, was the first unit with only slotted wing machines. Altogether, the main delivery consisted of 90 aircraft in total. The last three arrived in Rygge on 31 May 1958. Then three divisions were set up with the type: 332, 336 and 338 squadron. Now, however, 33| squadron have F.86F. In order to make the cabal work, the number of aircraft in each squadron was reduced, first to 20, then to 16. However, Norway received two additional deliveries to replace machines that had been lost, first six overhauled aircraft that were picked up in Italy in 1960 and then 19 aircraft which were delivered by aircraft carrier to Horten on 3 January 1961. This made the situation in the squadrons easier, and with the exception of 332 squadron, all the squadrons were once again equipped with 25 machines, 332 squadron continued with 16 aircraft. In addition, the technical command school at Kjevik received a machine for teaching purposes. The Norwegian planes were equipped with British Martin-Baker launch seats which were better than the American ones when launching at low altitudes

Towards the end of the Saber period, when only 336 and 338 squadrons flew this type, the squadrons had more than 25 aircraft at their disposal. in 1961-62, however, serious cracks were discovered in the now aging aircraft, and many were grounded. Ten of the aircraft were repaired. in 1964 ten aircraft were selected for redelivery to Pakistan, and in both 1965 and 1966 aircraft were returned to the USAF for use by other nations. On 15 July 1967, the last flights were written off. The aircraft was very well liked by the pilots who graduated from the F-84G. It was a much better fighter/fighter-bomber than the thunderjet and had better performance.

Three aircraft have been preserved for museum use and are today in the Air Force Museum in Bodø, the Norwegian Armed Forces’ aircraft collection in Gardermoen and in the Aviation History Museum Sola

As seen in this picture there are much more armament it can use, i havent managed to find the names etc of all of it




I will scan these pictrues one day and repost them so it is better to see the details






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