North American F-86L 'SabreJet'

  Manufacturer:North American
  Base model:F-86
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Fighter
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  Length: 40' 3.25" 12.2 m
  Height:15' 0" 4.5 m
  Wingspan: 39' 1.5" 11.9 m
  Wingarea: 313.3 sq ft 29.1 sq m
  Empty Weight: 13,822 lb 6,268 kg
  Gross Weight: 18,484 lb 8,382 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: General Electric J47-GE-33
  Thrust (each): 5,550 lb 2,517 kg

  Range: 750 miles 1,207 km
  Max Speed: 693 mph 1,115 km/h 602 kt
  Climb: 12,200 ft/min 3,718 m/min

Examples of this type may be found at
Air Power Park and MuseumHamptonVirginia
Air Victory MuseumMedfordNew Jersey
California ANG - 144th FW, FresnoFresnoCalifornia
Davis-Monthan AFBDavis-Monthan AFBArizona
Dyess Linear Air ParkDyess AFBTexas
Georgia ANG - 165th AG, SavannahSavannahGeorgia
Hill Aerospace MuseumHill AFBUtah
March Field Air MuseumRiversideCalifornia
McClellan Aviation MuseumMcClellan AFBCalifornia
Nebraska ANG - 155th ARG, LincolnLincolnNebraska
North Carolina ANG - 145th AG, CharlotteCharlotteNorth Carolina
Pennsylvania ANG - 171st ARW, PittsburghPittsburghPennsylvania
Peterson Air & Space MuseumPeterson AFBColorado
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona
Reflections of Freedom Historical Air ParkWichitaKansas
South Carolina ANG - 169th FG, McEntire ANGBColumbiaSouth Carolina
Texas ANG - 136th AW, DallasDallasTexas
Travis Air Force MuseumTravis AFBCalifornia
Tyndall Air ParkTyndall AFBFlorida
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial ParkMobileAlabama
Wyoming ANG - 153th AG, CheyenneCheyenneWyoming
Yankee Air MuseumBellevilleMichigan

F-86L on display

Air Power Park and Museum

Dyess Linear Air Park

Georgia ANG - 165th AG, Savannah

March Field Museum

McClellan Aviation Museum

North Carolina ANG - 145th AG, Charlotte

Peterson Air & Space Museum

Pima Air & Space Museum

Reflections of Freedom Historical Air Park

South Carolina ANG - 169th FG, McEntire ANGB

Travis Air Force Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Donald Yates
 Conroe, TX
For decades I have been traveled to my hometown, Kosciusko, Mississippi. On Interstate 55 near Hazelhurst, MS, Exit # 61, there is an F86L Saber Jet sitting at a closed VFW Hall. On 9/27 and 9/29/2012 I stopped at the VFW Hall, Post #2567, to look at the F86. The Saber is wasting away at tis site. The VFW Post has been closed for years, but the F86 remains. The canopy is now broken and damaged. The cockpit is open to the elements. The Saber was flown by LT COL John Grassel, with his Crew Chief being Tom Lowe. The aircraft was assigned to the Aerospace Defense Command, Aircraft # 31061, Serial # 53-1061. It is a shame that this fine, historical aircraft is being left to waste away.

Do you know of anyone who might be interested in preserving this F86. It is very disconcerting to see this fine aircraft wasting away when proper attention might save it before it is assigned to the scarp heap.


Donald Yates
Conroe, Texas
09/30/2012 @ 19:37 [ref: 67274]
 saugus, MA
06/19/2011 @ 12:05 [ref: 39665]
 Lee Holcomb
 El Dorado Hills, CA
I flew the "Dog" for 6 years and over 1200 hours at Richards Gebaur, Manston, England and Phalsbourg, France. It was a poor airplane and inefective weapon system with very limited kill capability. I later flew the F-100D at Danang, SVN. The "Hun" cockpit was virtually the same as the F86D except for the armarment. Occasionally I couldn't rember which aircraft I was flying so I would jam the thottle forward and pop it outboard which would work for either A/C. The "Dog" was a good instrument airplane which we often flew right down to GCA minimums in Europe. The F-100 sucked as an instrument platform and was about a 300/1 at best. I flew the F-100D in numbers of airshows from 2005 to 2007 in the Sacramento area until we finally parked it at Stead in Reno.
08/04/2010 @ 23:41 [ref: 28651]
 Chuck Edmunds
 , WA
I am trying to find an F-86 control stick.My Father, ACE Edmunds is turning 90 and I would like to find a control stick that I can turn into a walking cane for him. He was an F-86 pilot in Chambley France 1956
Any suggestions or leads would be greatly appreciated!
10/29/2009 @ 08:54 [ref: 25234]
 John Conrader
 Mount Dora, FL
Flew F86Ds and F86Ls with 71st FIS at /Selfridge AFB, Michigan 1957 til we checked out in "Deuces" in 1959

Air guard F84.s from Detroit Wayne
(now Detroit Metropolitan (DTW)
would "jump us" right after T.O...quick message to GCI control to let them know we would be right back in two minutes after we "Waxed Them"(usually one hard turn and a barrel roll would do it or if I was feelilng kind, two turns :-))))))

02/01/2009 @ 05:12 [ref: 23597]
 William Reynolds
 Columbia, IL
Great Site

I had the opportunity and extreme pleasure to fly the F-86D/L for two years 1957-59 and for the 324th FIS at Westover AFB and Sidi Slimane, Morocco. It was an excellent aircraft to fly. In the 20 years of flight experience and in many other types of aircraft, it was the best to fly in all areas. It was even the best during my approximately 30 minutes of unscheduled glider time (3 occasions, fuel control, fire, bearings).

I was interested in the slides featuring Capt Robert Almes on the F-86D site, and his ability in electronics. I was present during his first breadboard mockup of cutting the scramble time to the alert aircraft hanger. It may not be important to anyone except me, but as of February 1959, I had the best scramble time of 3.5 minutes to get the bird in the air after the horn sounded.

William Reynolds
12/25/2008 @ 13:28 [ref: 23342]
 Jerome Burton
 Torrance, CA
Crewed F-86Ds in Germany from 1956-59 while with the 526th FIS, 86th FIW. As a member of the USAFE 1958 Rocket Team we traveled to Moody AFB and picked up some F-86Ls from somewhere and worked to get them up to 526th standards for the William Tell Meet. Except for the slightly longer wing span and some avionic changes the 'L' was basically a -45 F-86D that we were used to. Taxiing the birds to the run-up pad at Moody meant negotiating some rather narrow taxi roads, I remember, with civilian workers in the culverts. We crewchiefs had some stories to tell about that. It was our first (and only)experience with the 'L'. I thought the F-86D/L was a beautiful bird...
05/17/2004 @ 23:20 [ref: 7424]
 Philip J. Marsala
 Salt Lake City, UT
I built these F-86's at North American Aviation, location: LAX. This was in 1952 t0 1954.
02/16/2001 @ 01:40 [ref: 1649]


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