YouTube - F-86 Sabre
37 ft. 1 in.
37 ft. 0 in.
6 x .50 cal.
36 x 68 mm
The F-86 Sabre produced by North American Aviation was influenced by captured World War II German plans. The plans were for high speed, jet powered aircraft, therefore it was designed with swept wings.
In November of 1950 the F-86 Sabre was assigned to Korea to counter the threat posed by enemy jet fighters. It became the primary U.S.A.F. jet fighter used in the Korean War and was also used by the U.S.N. and U.S.M.C.
The fighter could out dive its adversaries. It had full control at maximum air speeds due to a full flying elevator.
An important advantage that the F-86 Sabre had over its enemies was its radar gun sight. It used a computer to calculate the proper lead and deflection, necessary at jet fighter speeds.
The F-86 Sabre had many encounters with enemy jet fighters. Although nearly identical in performance, U. S. pilots reported a victory ratio of fourteen to one over enemy aircraft.
A total of some 9,860 F-86 Sabre aircraft of all types were built from 1947 to 1957.
The picture above is of the magnificent F-86 from Bob Violett Models built by Jack Diaz. It is available as ARF in a large variety of paint schemes.
BVM has two sizes of F-86. The smaller airplane has a length and wingspan of 63 in. Recommended power can come from a BVM EVF (Electric Vio Fan) unit if you want to fly electrically. For those who prefer turbine power, BVM recommends a Jet Cat P60, WREN 54, and turbines producing between 12 and 17 lbs. of thrust. All up weight is around 18 lbs.
The larger F-86 by BVM has a wingspan and length of 80 in. Recommended power is a 25 to 35 lb. thrust turbine. All up weight should be between 30 and 34 lbs.
Both F-86 models use fiberglass, carbon fiber, and Kevlar in their construction.