North American F-86H "Sabre" The F-86, the USAF's first swept-wing jet fighter, made its initial flight on 1 October 1947.  The first production model flew on 20 May 1948, and on 15 September 1948, an F-86A set a new world speed record of 670.9 mph. Originallydesigned as a high-altitude day fighter, it was subsequently redesigned into an all-weather interceptor (F-86D) and a fighter-bomber (F-86H).  As a day fighter, the airplane saw service in Korea in three successive series (F-86A, E, and F) where it engaged the Russian-built MiG-15.  By the end of hostilities, it had shot down 792 MiGs at a loss of only 76 Sabres, a victory ratio of 10 to 1.

More than 5,500 Sabre day-fighters were built in the U.S. and Canada. The airplane was also used by the air forces of 20 other nations, including West Germany, Japan, Spain, Britain and Australia .

In the 1950s Robins processed over 500 F-86s under Project High Flight in preparation for ferry flight of the Atlantic to Europe.  In addition, Robins provide logistics support for armament, communications, fire control and bomb-navigation equipment on all USAF F-86 aircraft worldwide.  The F-86H on display was delivered to the USAF in March 1956.  It served with various units in the United States before it was retired from the 175th Tactical Fighter Group (ANG) Baltimore, Maryland in July 1970 as an instructional aid at the Columbus Technical Institute in Columbus, Ohio. It was moved to the Museum in 1983.


Span 39 feet 1 inches
Length 38 feet 8 inches
Height 15 feet
Weight 21,852 lbs max
Armament Four 20mm cannons and eight 5-inch rockets or 2,000 lbs of bombs
Cost $178,000
Serial Number 53-1511
Maximum speed 692 mph
Cruising speed 603 mph
Range 1,040 miles
Service ceiling 49,000 feet



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