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The North American F-86 was designed to meet a late WWII requirement for a jet powered Pursuit aircraft and was a development of the companies Fury naval fighter. During its design captured German research work convinced the designers to sweep the wings. The resulting aircraft became one of the benchmarks of early jets. Whilst the hardware was ground breaking it was the air-to-air clashes over Korea that made the legend that is the Sabre. Here the Cold War turned hot and well trained, mostly, American pilots took on a superior numbered enemy and gained the advantage.

 The F-86F-30 introduced a more powerful engine and modified wing. The latter was extended in cord 6in at the wing root and 3in at the tip to give the Sabre better turn at high altitude and this removed one of the advantages it’s sparring partner, the Soviet Mig 15, enjoyed.


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