The North American F-86 Sabre was perhaps the most famous of the early jet fighters. They fought MiG-15s over Korea and went on to serve with most air forces in the ‘Free World’ in the 1950s and 1960s.

Design of the North American F-86 began before the end of World War II but was given swept wings when the allies began analysing captured German aeronautical data.

The first F-86 flew on 1 October 1947 and entered service from February 1949.

The Korean War accelerated development with the F-86F being ordered into production in April 1951, the first ones flying in September 1951 and those with a more powerful engine in early 1952.

They gave the United States Air Force a fighter at least equivalent to the MiG-15.

This model represents a F-86F flown by Major John Glenn, later America’s first astronaut to circle the earth.

Heller 1:72 kit with Microscale decals completed by Leigh Edmonds in March 1987.


MODEL: North American F-86F

ROLE: Fighter

TIME PERIOD: 1952-1994

ENGINES: one General Electric J47-GE-27 turbojet engine of 26.3kN thrust

WING SPAN: 11.91 m

LENGTH: 11.30 m


MAXIMUM SPEED: 1091 km/h

RANGE: 2454km


ARMAMENT: six 12.7mm (.50 calibre) machine guns and up to 240 lbs underwing stores

SCALE: 1/72


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