F-86 Sabre

Video shows F-100 pilot crashing after fatal “Sabre Dance”

Video shows F-100 pilot crashing after fatal “Sabre Dance”

F-100 Super Sabre Developed as a follow-on to the F-86 Sabre used in the Korean War, the F-100 was the world’s first production airplane… Read More

18 hours ago

USAF F-86D Pilot recalls when He Lit his Sabre Dog’s Afterburner in the Hangar to Take Off during a Scramble. And tells why He Never did it Again.

The F-86D Sabre Dog In the late 1940s, the US government along with the USAF, began a massive effort to… Read More

4 months ago

Here’s how Soviets were able to steal and transport an F-86 Sabre to Moscow during the Korean War

The F-86 Sabre The F-86, the US Air Force's first swept-wing jet fighter, made its initial flight in October 1947.… Read More

5 months ago

The epic story of when F-86 pilot Robbie Risner Pushed his Wingman’s Crippled Sabre for 60 Miles to keep him out of Enemy Hands

In an effort to help him reach Kimpo, Robbie Risner attempted to push 1st Lt. Joseph Logan's F-86 by having… Read More

2 years ago

During the Korean War Chinese MiG-15 pilot Fan Wanzhang claimed to have shot down 3 USAF F-86s in a dogfight where he fought alone against 8 Sabres

According to the 7th Regiment bibliography of the then Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force not only Wanzhang scored three… Read More

2 years ago

The day he scored his fifth victory, World’s first jet-versus-jet ace Capt. James Jabara was nearly shot down by future ace Capt Boris Abakumov

Having shot down his fifth MiG during the late afternoon of May 20, 1951, thereby becoming the first “ace” of… Read More

2 years ago

USAF F-86D Sabre Dog Pilot tells the story of when He Lit the Afterburner in the Hangar to Take Off during a Scramble. And explains why He Never did it Again.

The F-86D Sabre Dog was equipped with an afterburning engine in the form of a General Electric J47-GE-17 turbojet. An… Read More

2 years ago

Famous pilot and historian Walter J. Boyne explains why the 10:1 victory loss ratio of USAF F-86 pilots against MiG-15 pilots during the Korean War was just propaganda

The MiGs were so good that in October 1951, they succeeded where the pilots of the Luftwaffe had failed in… Read More

3 years ago

The day F-86 pilot “Robbie” Risner pursued a MiG-15 flying between two hangars of an airfield 35 miles inside China

‘We were both at idle with our speed brakes out, just coasting. He looked over at me, raised his hand,… Read More

3 years ago

Yugoslavia chose the MiG-21 over the Mirage III but the conversion to the Fishbed was plagued by problems

A study by the RV i PVO concluded that, `MiG-pilots are not capable of interceptor-operations at speeds above Mach 1.3.'… Read More

3 years ago

Italian F-84Gs Vs Yugoslav F-84Gs: how Italian and Yugoslav Thunderjets almost fought each other during Trieste crisis’s air war that never was

As Yugoslav jets were flying above Yugoslav Air Force’s base in Cerklje, the ground personnel panicked - they were not… Read More

4 years ago

Jack in the Box! How an AIM-9 Sidewinder that failed to explode after embedding itself inside a Chinese MiG-17 was reverse-engineered into the Soviet AA-2 Atoll

One of two Sidewinders that failed to bring down its target had actually also scored a hit: however, it failed… Read More

4 years ago

Here are the criteria that define jet fighters generations (along with several examples of every generation)

Jet fighters generations are categories created to separate major technology leaps in the historical development of jet fighters. Jet fighters… Read More

4 years ago

MiG Madness and the Story of George Davis, the Only American Ace to be Killed in Combat in Korea

A competition grew between 51st Fighter Wing and 4th Fighter Wing, the two American Sabre units. The constant emphasis on… Read More

4 years ago

Rule Breaker! F-86 Pilot tells the Story of a MiG Kill Scored over Chinese Territory

F-86 pilots routinely returned from missions with their gun camera film showing kills made over Manchuria, but they were denied… Read More

5 years ago

The Myth of Soviet Arms and Tactics in the Middle East, Part One: from Palestine War to Suez Crisis

This legend goes so far that even the Russians began convincing themselves of it. Unsurprisingly, some of their ultra-nationalists couldn’t… Read More

5 years ago

Tragic video shows F-100 pilot crashing after fatal “Sabre Dance”

Fatal “Sabre Dance” This silent reel of footage comes from the North American Aviation film library and was used for… Read More

5 years ago