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F-86H Sabre Jet

F-86H Sabre jet fighter on the grounds at the Pacific Coast Air Museum. Viewed from the front right.
The F-86H Sabre at the Pacific Coast Air Museum. This version of the Sabre was built around a much more powerful engine, and was designed to be superior to the MiG-15s that were roughly an equal match to earlier versions of the F-86. The F-86H arrived too late to serve in the Korean War.
F-86H Sabre jet fighter, viewed from ahead and slightly to the left.
To accommodate its larger engine, the F-86H had a larger fuselage and larger, taller air intake in the nose. Both these features are apparent in this photo, taken at the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show.
Close-up of the F-86H Sabre jet fighter, at the Pacific Coast Air Museum. View shows the side of the plane, looking at the landing flaps and wing root.
The F-86H had a new wing and larger fuselage, and could fly faster and carry larger loads than earlier versions of the F-86. It was a potent fighter-bomber.
  • Country of origin:


  • Manufacturer:

    North American

  • B/N or Serial #::


  • Type:

    Single Seat All-Weather Fighter/Bomber

  • Ownership:

    This aircraft is on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola, Florida.

F-86H Sabre Jet History

North American Aviation responded to a request from the US Army Air Force to design a day fighter using jet power that could be used also as an escort fighter or dive bomber.  A design was submitted known as the NA-140.  Two XP-86 prototypes were contracted for in late 1944 but due to the rapid rate of aircraft technology change and the research data captured from the Germans concerning swept wing design, the entire concept was updated.

Incorporating all the new changes delayed the program by a year and the first prototypes didn’t fly until Oct of 1947.  Originally designated the P-86A but quickly changed to F-86A, the fighter began to enter service in 1949.  Over the following years, the F-86 series of aircraft advanced rapidly under continuing upgrades and model changes.

The result of wing, fuselage and engine updates created the F-86H which served as a fighter/bomber.  Visibly larger than its ancestors, the H model was faster and could carry larger loads.  It served as the primary fighter/bomber until the introduction of newer models of aircraft such as the F-100 Super Saber which came into service in late 1954.

The history of our aircraft if being researched and when we have something the site will be updated.

F-86H Sabre Jet Specifications


39 ft. 1 in.


38 ft. 10 in.


14 ft. 11 in.


18,683 lbs. loaded

One: Pilot

Maximum speed:

693 mph

Cruising speed:

550 mph.


1,050 miles

Combat Ceiling:

51,400 ft

One General Electric J73-GE-3E turbojet of 9,070 lbs thrust

Fixed: Four M-39 20mm cannon (Blocks 5 and 10, last 360 aircraft built) or six .50-cal. machine guns (Block 1, 113 aircraft built)

Disposable: Eight 5 in. rockets, 2,000 lbs. of bombs, or nuclear weapon.

APQ-72 Fire Control Radar

Greg Thomas

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