Private North American F-86 Sabre NX86FR
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Image ID: 16151
Operator: Private - NX86FR
Aircraft: North American - F-86 Sabre
Airport: USA - Florida - Panama City - Tyndall AFB (PAM / KPAM)
Category: General Aviation
Photo taken on 2007-3-24 by Rod Dermo [Contact]
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(1.6.2008, 16:44 CET)
Tyndall Airshow 2007
(8 May 2009 - 15:29 CET)
History: In 1944, North American Aviation submitted a design for a swept-wing day fighter which could also be used as a dive-bomber or escort fighter. Two prototype XP-86s were contracted in late 1944, but were not built until after WWII due to the incorporation of several design modifications which were prompted by German research data. The first XP-86 prototype flew on 1 October 1947, powered by a 3,750-pound thrust G.E. J35 engine. After it was re-engined with a more powerful G.E. J47 turbojet the following spring, it was re-designated the YP-86A, and exceeded the speed of sound in a shallow dive. The first production model was initially designated the P-86A, but became the F-86A in June 1948. By the time the new fighter entered US Air Force service in 1949, it had gained the name "Sabre."