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The F-86 was not designed as a supersonic aircraft, but nevertheless could break the sound barrier under ideal conditions. Against the backdrop of the “hot war” in southeast Asia and the political Cold War, the North American F-86 Sabre was intended to demonstrate US military strength. In reality the American design was not noticeably superior to the Soviet MiG- 15. The exhibited aircraft was first used as of 1957 at the German Air Force testing facility in Manching. It later served with Entwicklungsring Süd, a development consortium, as an escort plane for test flights of the German VJ-101C VTOL aircraft. In 1968 it had to be taken out of service. After a final flight on an “open house” day of the German Air Force Jagdgeschwader 74 (Fighter Squadron 74) in Neuburg, the plane went to the Deutsches Museum in 1971. In 1992 it was restored by Luftwaffenversorgungsregiment 1 (Air Force Supply Regiment 1) in Erding, Germany.

Technical specifications:

  • Built under licence by: Canadair Ltd.,Montreal, Canada,1957
  • Wingspan: 11.3 m
  • Take-off weight: 7420 kg
  • Maximum speed: 1120 km/h at sea level
  • Range approx.: 1600 km
  • Power plant: Avro Canada Orenda 14 jet engine
  • Thrust: 32.4 kN
  • Antrieb: Strahltriebwerk Avro Canada Orenda 14
  • Schub: 32,4 kN