RNoAF F-86K Sabre

RNoAF North American F-86K Sabre

TYPE: Single-seat jet interceptor fighter

4x 20mm M-24 cannons
2x Sidewinder AIM-9B
jato rockets

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

Martin-Baker Mk. S.5 launch seats
AIM 9B Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles
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The F-86k saw the light of day because the US army assistance program required an interceptor that could be delivered as soon as possible. North American had a starting point in the F-86D that could be adapted to these requirements, and the first of two prototypes took off on 15 July 1954. Production was given a very high priority, and additional license production was also established at Fiat in Turin, Italy. A total of 221 machines were built there. North American itself built 120 aircraft, for delivery to Norway and the Netherlands, and the first took to the wings on 8 March 1955. this was 54-1231 which the factory kept for a time for further testing. the aircraft later came to Norway and was the last to be delivered on 2 February 1960

When Norway was selected as the recipient of 60 F-86Ks, a large number of F-84G Thunderjets had just been introduced into the Air Force. There were busy times for the maintenance service, and one therefore chose to let Short Brothers & Harland Ltd in Belfast, Northern Ireland, prepare the planes, before they were flown home to Norway. The first, 54-1251, 2X-A, landed at Gardermoen on 12 September 1955. 337 squadron at Gardermoen received the first aircrafts. the division had been temporarily disbanded on 1 January 1955 after flying the Vampire, but was now reactivated as an all-weather interceptor squadron. the squadron code was supposed to be ZK, but due to a misunderstanding in Belfast most of the aircraft in 337 Squadron were initially marked with 2X. this was eventually corrected when the planes arrived in Norway

On 10 March 1956, four aircraft were totally damaged in a hangar fire at Gardermoen. these aircraft were replaced by four Fiat-built aircraft in 1957. On 13 July 1956, 339 squadron was established as the second F-86K squadron at Gardermoen. According to the American model, a squadron position at this time was around 25 aircraft, but this was reduced to 20 in 1959 due to accidents and breakdowns. in April 1960, 334 squadron in Bodø was also set up with F-86K after a period with F-86F. at the same time, 339 were also transferred there. the main task was the interception of enemy aircraft, and readiness was high. emergency lighters were set up at Bardufoss and Banak. in 1963, 339 squadron was incorporated into 334. At the same time, 337 squadron at Gardermoen was taken into 332 squadron, but already the following year 332 squadron was also disbanded. Aircraft and crews were transferred to the 334th.

The last scramble with the F-86K was carried out by 334 squadron on 19 June 1967 and the last four aircraft were handed over to the parade ground on 14 July of the same year. an era was over

During the period of service in Norway, several modifications were carried out on the aircraft. Among the most important was the installation of the Martin-Baker Mk. S.5 launch seats, possibility of fitting two AIM 9B Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles and an upgrade from the F-86J-1 to the K-4. the changes were largely implemented in the period 1958-1962. all major maintenance work was carried out by the Air Force’s (from 1957 the Air Force’s) Supply Command at Gardermoen

Even though the planes were American property, it was not necessary to return the planes to the USAF after their service time in Norway. most were sold as scrap, but one machine is preserved at the Luftforsvarsmuseum in Bodø, two are linked to the Defense Aircraft Collection at Gardermoen, where one has been Gate Guardian. in addition, one machine is on display at the Aviation History Museum Sola, and one at Bardufoss Flight Station

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