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North American F-86D Sabre


The evocative Sabre of the Korean War, this was one of the most famous fighters of the late 1940's and 1950's. This is an F86D, the all-weather interceptor variant with an elegant extended and re-designed nose housing an array of complex electronics and radar. The earlier versions were armed with 6 x .5 inch (50-cal) Browning machine guns in the nose but the 'D' variant which was the most numerous and was nick-named the 'Dogship' had no room for the guns, so was armed with Mighty Mouse 2.75 inch rockets and could carry 1,000lbs of bombs. This particular example, no. 6171 flew with both the US Air Force and later the Greek Air Force but has been resored in the livery of the USAF "Sabre Knights" aerobatic display team, with which it served in the 1960's


North East Aircraft Museum, Sunderland, England. October 2004.

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