The North American F-86 Sabre (sometimes called the Sabrejet) was a transonic jet fighter aircraft. The Sabre is best known as America’s first swept wing fighter which could counter the similarly-winged Soviet MiG-15 in high speed dogfights. The F-86 was produced as both a fighter-interceptor and fighter-bomber. Although developed in the late 1940s and outdated by the end of the 1950s, the Sabre proved versatile and adaptable, and continued as a front-line fighter in numerous air forces.
The F-86 Sabre was the first American aircraft to take advantage of flight research data seized from the German aerodynamicists at the end of the war. Use of a swept wing would solve their speed problem, while a slat on the wing’s leading edge which extended at low speeds would enhance low-speed stability. Its success led to an extended production run of more than 7,800 aircraft between 1949 and 1956, by far the most-produced Western jet fighter.
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