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North American Aviation F-86 SABRE

The story which didn't happen ... outside Atlantic Air Combat
 

  See also : RF86 Sabre

Inspired by http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_fighters/p86.html  

More than a single plane could be described as a "key aircraft", but the F86 certainly deserve the title.   While already obsolete by 1960, and with the last F86F30 delivered in August 1954,  the F86 nevertheless continued to soldier on well into the decade in various areas of the world, Portugal, Spain or South Africa to only mention a few.   Actually the aircraft was such a success that it was put back in production in 1955, essentially to meet Allies' requests.  This last variant was designated F86F40

F-86 Sabre variants
With a production run of roughly 10,000, the F-86 has been declined in various sub-types propelled by various engines.   The Australians even managed to deeply revise the airframe to install the British made Avon and adopt a different internal weapon for a production run of ... 120 aircrafts, which, by the standards of the day, was a very small one.   Without being exhaustive, the main variants were :

Type Engine

Thrust
(lbf)

Thrust
(lbf)

Fuel Outer
wing
Pylon1 Pylon2 Pylon3 Internal Weapon RPG Radar














F86A5 J47GE7 5200 - 1650L

16x
5" HVAR

454L

1000.lbs

-

Colt.M3

6x.50cal

300

-

RF86A J47GE7 5200 - 1650L -

454L

-
-
-

Colt.M3

2x.50cal

200

-

F86D50 J47GE33 5550 7250 1650L -

454L

-
-
- -

24xFFAR

-

P

F86E5 J47GE13 5450 - 1650L

16x
5" HVAR

454L

1000.lbs

-

Colt.M3

6x.50cal

300

-

F86F30 J47GE27 5910 - 1912L

16x
5" HVAR

454L

757L

2x
AIM-9b

Colt.M3 6x.50ccal 300 -

1000.lbs

F86F40 J47GE27 5910 - 1912L

16x
5" HVAR

454L

757L

2x
AIM-9b

Colt.M3 6x.50ccal 300 -

1000.lbs

CL13-6 Orenda14 7525 - 1912L

16x
5" HVAR

454L

757L

2x
AIM-9b

Colt.M3 6x.50ccal 300 -

1000.lbs

CA27-30 Avon.26 7500 - 1919L

16x
5" HVAR

454L

757L

2x
AIM-9b

Aden

2x30mm

162 -

1000.lbs

F86H05 J73GE3 8920 - 2127L

16x
5" HVAR

454L

454L

2x
AIM-9b

Colt.M3

6x.50cal

300

-

1000.lbs

1000.lbs

F86H10 J73GE3 8920 - 2127L

16x
5" HVAR

454L

454L

2x
AIM-9b

Colt.M39

4x20mm

150

-

1000.lbs

1000.lbs

F86K19 J47GE33 5550 7250 1650L -

454L

-

2x
AIM-9b

Colt.M24

4x20mm

132

P

F86L50 J47GE33 5550 7250 1650L -

454L

-

2x
AIM-9b

-

24xFFAR

-

P

Performances
Along with a variety of engines, the empty and loaded weight varied also and therefore performances.  According to existing litterature, these could be shown as follows (only basic and incomplete data shown) : 

Type Engine

Speed
Sea level
Knots

Speed
Altitude
Knots

Ceiling
Feet
Climb
Feet/min

Range
Internal
Km

Range
2x120gal

Range
2x200gal

Range
2x120gal
2x200gal

Range
4x200gal

Inflight
refuel













F86A5 J47GE7 588kts 521kts 48000

7470

? ? ? ? ? NA

RF86A J47GE7 588kts 521kts 48000

7470

? ? ? ? ? NA

F86D50 J47GE33 546kts 534kts 49600

12000

867Km

1234Km

? ? ? NA

F86E5 J47GE13 589kts 520kts 47200

7250

1030Km

1640Km

? ? ? NA

F86F30 J47GE27 602kts 527kts 52000

8100

? ? ? ?

2568Km

NA

F86F40 J47GE27 602kts 527kts 52000

8100

? ? ? ?

2568Km

NA

CL13-6 Orenda14 615kts 546kts 55000

11800

1165Km

?

2399Km

? ? NA

CA27-30 Avon26 607kts 526kts 55000

12000

931Km

1284Km

1846Km

? ? NA

F86H05 J73GE3 600kts 564kts 51000

12900

? ?

1666Km

?

2905Km

NA

F86H10 J73GE3 600kts 534kts 50800

12900

? ?

1666Km

?

2905Km

NA

F86K19 J47GE33 600kts 530kts 49600

12000

873Km

1194Km

? ? ? NA

F86L50 J47GE33 600kts 534kts 49600

12200

867Km

1234Km

? ? ? NA

Internal weapons
Starting with six .50cal machine guns, the internal weapons evolved using four quick firing M39 20mm guns, with other varians using a different setup.   Worth noting, the F86D (and its evolution, the F86L) had no guns at all but only an array of 24 aerial rockets.

Wings variants
With time, the aircraft wings evolved and essentially, there were four different types of wings, with the extended F86F40 wings being considered as the ultimate evolution:

External weapons
Starting with two pylons each able to either carry a 120 US gallon fuel tank or a 1000lbs bomb, and 8 pairs of 5"HVAR (air-to-ground unguided rockets),  the external load carrying capacity evolved considerably allowing the aircraft to carry up to four 200 US gallon fuel tanks (or 1000lbs bombs) on dual (wet) role pylons and even a pair of AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles on dedicated pylons ahead of the wing leading edge.  However, a picture of Pakistan Air Force F-86F40 shows the aircraft with 3 underwing pylons (excluding the specific AIM-9B position) which is either yet another variant or a capacity added locally..

F-86 Sabre in the context of ATLANTIC AIR COMBAT
To simplify the complex variety of types and sub-types for this particular aircraft, two main types are retained, and their load carrying capacity is adapted and standardized as well as their general performances.  In AAC context, whichever the variant of the F86 involved, it will use the "F40" wing and a single, non afterburning, engine common to all variants.

F-86F40

F-86K19

This doesn't necessarily exclude other variants to take advantage of the variety of internal weapons offered by the Australian CA27 or the F-86H10, and with Denmark having been issued with F86D rather than F86K, this particular type might eventually be used also.   However, for the purpose of the game, the military performances of these various iterations will be similar as shown in the table below.

For those playing in simulation mode (i.e.: limited rather than unlimited weapons), the weapons choice incorporates several "cheats" : 

The heaviest setup has been chosen with four wing pylons, plus the Sidewinder one

The amount of AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles has been augmented from 2 to 4 (two pairs)

The (passive) radar directed AIM-9C has been added as an option for the radar equipped F86K and F86D

Four pairs of 5"HVAR are made possible even when the outer pylons are in use

While the 1000lbs limit is respected for each wing pylons, the load may be subdivided in a manner which was probably not available then.   Naturally, those loads include napalm and FAE bombs, and any other types of equipment as made available in the game

Ammunitions is not mentioned here but shall remain consistent with actual data

Type Engine

Thrust
(lbf)

Fuel Outer
wing
Pylon1 Pylon2 Pylon3 Gun << Radar












F86F40 Orenda14 7525 1912L

 4x1 HVAR.5"
 4x2 HVAR.5"

 2x1x757L
 2x1x454L
 2x1x1000.lbs
 2x2x  500.lbs
 2x4x  250.lbs

 2x1x757L
 2x1x454L
 2x1x1000.lbs
 2x2x  500.lbs
 2x4x  250.lbs

 2x1 AIM9B
 2x2 AIM9B

M3

6x.50cal

NA

-

Option

-

-

-

 8x1 HVAR.5"
 8x2 HVAR.5"

NA

P P P P

-













F86K19 Orenda14 7525 1912L

 4x1 HVAR.5"
 4x2 HVAR.5"

 2x1x757L
 2x1x454L
 2x1x1000.lbs
 2x2x  500.lbs
 2x4x  250.lbs

 2x1x757L
 2x1x454L
 2x1x1000.lbs
 2x2x  500.lbs
 2x4x  250.lbs

 2x1 AIM9B
 2x2 AIM9B
 2x2 AIM9C
  Or a mix of
  AIIM-9B & C

M24

4x20mm

P

-

Option

-

-

-

 8x1 HVAR.5"
 8x2 HVAR.5"

NA

P P P P

-













F86H10 Orenda14 7525 1912L as F86F40 as F86F40 as F86F40 as F86F40

M39

4x20mm

NA

CA27-30 Orenda14 7525 1912L as F86F40 as F86F40 as F86F40 as F86F40

Aden

2x30mm

NA













F86D50 Orenda14 7525 1912L as F86K19 as F86K19 as F86K19 as F86K19 =

24xFFAR

P

The illustration below shows the various external ordinance options with each half wing to be considered separately.  The game however should allow assymetrical weapons load.

Performances
The same rule of standardization will apply and the F-86 performances will be as indicated below.   Regarding air refueling, the AAC F86 Sabre will be equipped with a device similar to the FJ3, the US Navy equivalent of the same aircraft.

Type Engine

Speed
Sea level

Speed
Altitude

Ceiling
Feet
Climb
Feet/min

Range
Internal

Range
2x120gal

Range
2x200gal

Range
2x120gal
2x200gal

Range
4x200gal

Inflight
refuel













F86 Orenda14 615kts 546kts 55000

12000

1165Km

1621Km

1971Km

2494Km

2841Km

P













Type Engine

Speed
Sea level

Speed
Altitude

Ceiling
Feet
Climb
Feet/min

Range
Internal

Range
2x120gal

Range
2x200gal

Range
2x120gal
2x200gal

Range
4x200gal

Inflight
refuel













F86A5 J47GE7 588kts 521kts 48000

7470

? ? ? ? ? NA

RF86A J47GE7 588kts 521kts 48000

7470

? ? ? ? ? NA

F86D50 J47GE33 546kts 534kts 49600

12000

867Km

1234Km

? ? ? NA

F86E5 J47GE13 589kts 520kts 47200

7250

1030Km

1640Km

? ? ? NA

F86F30 J47GE27 602kts 527kts 52000

9300

? ? ? ?

2568Km

NA

F86F40 J47GE27 602kts 527kts 52000

8100

? ? ? ?

2568Km

NA

CL13-6 Orenda14 615kts 546kts 55000

11800

1165Km

?

2399Km

? ? NA

CA27-30 Avon26 607kts 526kts 55000

12000

931Km

1284Km

1846Km

? ? NA

F86H05 J73GE3 600kts 564kts 51000

12900

? ?

1666Km

?

2905Km

NA

F86H10 J73GE3 600kts 534kts 50800

12900

? ?

1666Km

?

2905Km

NA

F86K19 J47GE33 600kts 530kts 49600

12000

873Km

1194Km

? ? ? NA

F86L50 J47GE33 600kts 534kts 49600

12200

867Km

1234Km

? ? ? NA

Weight and dimensions
Once again, the same standardization will affect the AAC version of the F86.  These are shown below together with data collected on the same subject

Type Length

Span

Weight
Empty

Fuel
Internal

Outer Wing

Pylon.1
Outer

Pylon.2
inner

Pylon.3
AIM-9

Ammo
Guns

Fuel Max

Weight Max














CL13-6 same as F86F40           170.lbs    

CA27-30 same as F86F40           168.lbs    

F86H10 same as F86F40           135.lbs    
F86F40 37'06" 39'01" 1912L 8xHVAR 1514L 1514L 4xAIM9 300x6 4940L  
        11125.lbs 3200.lbs 1127.lbs 2645.lbs 2645.lbs 749.lbs 476.lbs   21967.lbs













F86D50 same as F86K19                
F86K19 40'09" 39'01" 1912L 8xHVAR 1514L 1514L 4xAIM9 132x4 4940L  
        13367.lbs 3200.lbs 1127.lbs 2645.lbs 2645.lbs 749.lbs 119.lbs   24035.lbs













Type Length

Span

Weight
Empty

Fuel
Internal

Outer Wing

Pylon.1
Outer

Pylon.2
inner

Pylon.3
AIM-9

Ammo
Guns

Fuel Max

Weight Max














F86A5 37'06" 37'01" 10093.lbs 1650L >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> 14108.lbs

RF86A 37'06" 37'01" 10093.lbs 1650L >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> 14108.lbs

F86D50 40'03" 37'01" 13498.lbs 1650L >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> 19952.lbs

F86E5 37'06" 37'01" 10555.lbs 1650L >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> ?

F86F30 37'06" 37'01" 10890.lbs 1912L >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> ?

F86F40 37'06" 39'01" 11125.lbs 1912L >>> 2645.lbs 2645.lbs 375.lbs 170.lbs >>> 20611.lbs

CL13-6 37'06" 37'01" 11143.lbs 1912L >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> 17611.lbs

CA27-30 37'06" 37'01" 12120.lbs 1919L >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> 18650.lbs

F86H05 37'06" 39'01" 13836.lbs 2127L >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> ?

F86H10 37'06" 39'01" 13836.lbs 2127L >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> 24296.lbs

F86K19 40'09" 39'01" 13367.lbs 1650L >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> ?

F86L50 40'03" 39'01" 13822.lbs 1650L >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> 18484.lbs
 

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