The F-86 "Sabre", built by North American, was the USAF's first swept-wing jet fighter.
The first production model flew on May 20, 1948, and on
September 15, 1948, an F-86A set a new world air speed record of 670.9 mph.
Originally designed as a high-altitude day-fighter, it was subsequently redesigned
into an all-weather interceptor (F-86D) and a fighter-bomber (F-86H).
As a day fighter, the airplane saw service in Korea in three successive series
(F-86A, E, and F) where it engaged the Russian-built MiG-15. By the end of
hostilities, it had shot down 792 MiGs at a loss of only 76 Sabres, a victory ratio
of 10 to 1.
More than 5,500 Sabre day-fighters were built in the U.S. and Canada. The
airplane was also used by the air forces of 20 other nations, including West
Germany, Japan, Spain, Britain, and Australia.
Source and Link: U.S.A.F. Museum.
Handcrafted wooden airplane model with desk stand.
(Scale: 1/33, Length: 13.5", Wing Span: 13.5) AM.