North American F-86 K Sabre

General Historical Data
The North American XP-86 was flown for the first time on October 1, 1947. It was a very advanced and manoeuvrable aircraft that could reach supersonic speeds when diving. In September 1948, an F-86A broke the air speed record when it reached a speed of 1,080 k.p.h. The plane was introduced into operative service in 1949. The F-86A was equipped with a General Electric J47 engine with a thrust of 5,000 lb.

The F-86K was specially manufactured for the member states of NATO. The development of the aircraft was begun on May 14, 1953. Two F-86D-40s were modified and renamed YF-86Ks. The maiden flight of this particular model took place on July 15, 1954. The biggest change in relation to the F-86D was in the armaments it carried. Four 20 mm guns replaced twenty-four 2.75 inch air-to-air missiles. Over 350 F-86Ks were manufactured in the United States and Italy. For most countries that bought it, the F-86K was their first all-weather fighter, i.e. a plane that could cut off and engage enemy aircraft in the dark and in bad weather with the help of its own radar.

Like most other military aircraft, the F-86K underwent a number of updates and modifications. Among the major projects thus undertaken, we might mention the installation of TACAN (Tactical Air Navigation) and ILS (Instrument Landing System), wing extensions, external stores stations for Sidewinders, guided missiles and the installation of Martin Baker ejection seats.

Historical Data from Norway
Early in the 1950's it was decided that Norway also needed all-weather fighters. The Norwegian air control and early warning system was further developed and thereby the basis for the development of a modern fighter defence that could operate in any kind of weather conditions. The first F-86Ks arrived at Gardermoen in September 1955. 337 Squadron, that had been disbanded since the Vampire had been withdrawn from service, was reactivated on September 1 and assigned the first of these aircraft. As several of the planes gradually arrived throughout 1956, a new air force unit was established on July 13, 1956 and given the name of 339 Squadron.

Two other squadrons have been periodically set up with F-86Ks; 332 Squadron from January 1963 to August 1964, and 334 Squadron from August 1960 to July 1967. With the transition to the Northrop F-5, the remaining F-86Ks ended up with 334 Squadron, but on July 14, 1967, it was all over. The Air Force had a total of 64 of these planes, 31 were lost in crashes or accidents, the rest were scrapped or given away to museums or for training purposes.

The Museum's F-86K-4NA has the serial number 54-1245. It arrived in Norway on October 19, 1955 and had until then been airborne for a total of only 15 hours. The plane was assigned to 337 Squadron, but later did service with 332 and 334 Squadrons. It was written off on August 18, 1967 and had then flown for a total of 1,697 hours. In December 1979, under the leadership of Per Jarle Sogn and Rolf Bakken, 334 Squadron began the restoration of the aircraft which was in very poor condition after many years in the outdoors.

LENGDE: 12,9 m
HØYDE: 4,3 m
MAKS. VEKT: 9150 kg
MAKS. HASTIGHET: 1114 km/t
MAKS. HØYDE: 16170 m
MOTOR: 1 J47-GE-33, 2540 kilo S.t.
ANDRE OPPLYSNINGER: 4 stk 20 mm kanoner, 2 stk AHM9B Sidewinder

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