The F-86 Sabre (often referred to as the Sabrejet) is best known for its Korean War role where it was
pitted against the Soviet MiG-15. Developed in the late 1940s, the Sabre proved adaptable and continued as a
front line fighter in air forces until the last active front line examples were
retired by the Bolivian Air Force in 1994.
Early variants of the F-86 could not out-turn, but they could out-dive the
MiG-15, and the MiG-15 was superior to the early F-86 models in ceiling,
acceleration and rate of climb. With the introduction of the F-86F in 1953, the
two aircraft were more closely matched, yet many combat-experienced pilots
claiming a marginal superiority for the F-86F.
Many of the American pilots were experienced WWII veterans, while the
North Koreans and the Chinese lacked combat experience, thus accounting for much
of the F-86's success. However, whatever the actual results may have been, it is
clear that the F-86 pilots did experience definitive superiority over the
WWII-experienced, Soviet-piloted MiG-15s in Korean airspace.
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F-86 Sabre Pilot's Flight Operating Manual (1956)
Another rare and original USAF flight handbook. With details of flight
procedures, as well as numerous photos of instrument/interior
details, performance data, drawings, charts, and diagrams. This F-86
Flight Operating Manual taught pilots what they needed to know
before entering the cockpit. Built as both a fighter-interceptor and
fighter-bomber, the F-86 Sabre
was one of the most widely produced fighters of the Cold War.
View: F-86 Sabre Pilot's Flight Operating Manual (1956)