f-86-sabre.jpgThe F-86 Sabre started out as a straight wing jet fighter, the XJ Fury.  Incorporating technologies captured from the Germans, the F-86 Sabre would be the first swept-wing jet fighter for the US.  Because the pilot had to be in visual contact to shoot the enemy down with six 50 caliber machine guns, the F-86 was known as the last true dogfighter.  On October 1, 1947 the F-86 made its first flight and was delivered to the Air Force in 1948 and on this day September 15, 1948 an F-86A set the world aircraft speed record of 1080 kph.  The F-86 would rule “Mig Alley” over the Russian Mig-15 when it was introduced into the Korean conflict.  This jet is my personal favorite of all jets, although I am partial to the World War II fighters such as the Mustang. Thanks to fastfreddycz for a very good video.  This beautiful photo below is by Stuart Haigh at Top Jet Pix

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