North American F-86H Sabre

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
North American
Markings
474th Fighter Bomber Wing, Clovis AFB, New Mexico, 1954
Designation
F-86H
Serial Number
53-1525

North American F-86H Sabre

The F-86H was the last of the non-radar equipped, day-fighter Sabres and was intended for use as a fighter-bomber capable of dropping nuclear weapons. Numerous changes were made to the basic F-86 design to create the H model including; an enlarged fuselage to accommodate a bigger engine, a revised canopy design, and the replacement of the standard six .50 caliber machine guns with four 20mm cannons. In the end the F-86H was the best performing version of the Sabre and could fly faster, higher, and farther than any of the other variants. Unfortunately, by the time the H model was introduced other even newer designs were doing the same things even better and the F-86H only served in front line units between 1954 and 1958. It did, however continue in service with the Air National Guard into the 1970s. Ex-Air Force F-86Hs were also used as adversary aircraft by the U.S. Navy’s Top Gun school into the late 1970s.

Specifications
Wingspan 39 ft 1 in
Length 38 ft 8 in
Height 15 ft
Weight 21,852 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 692 mph
Service Ceiling 49,000 ft
Range 1,040 miles
Engines 1 General Electric J73-GE-3E turbojet 8,920 lbs thrust
Crew 1