The North American F-86F Sabre was the most capable western fighter of the early- to mid-1950s. This swept wing, single engine jet was the most important western aircraft of the Korean War and often tangled with Russian-made MiG-15s over the infamous “MiG Alley”. It was a hard struggle not only for the Korean sky, but also between two excellent aircraft builders of the East and West. In addition to its primary role as an air-to-air fighter, the Sabre could also carry bombs and air-to-ground rockets to attack ground targets.
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Stalling in level flight occurs without warning shaking (typical for the unslatted F-86) to any side with a nosing down of the aircraft. Simultaneously, roll reversal manifests itself to the control stick input. The sign of upcoming stall may be developing includes vibrations, banking while holding the aircraft horizontally, and speed drop.
During landing, it is necessary to observe the recommended speed to prevent stalling speed in various configurations.
Stalling in level flight occurs at lower speeds based on configuration. This owes to the fact that in the flight at positive angles of attack there is a vertical component of the engine thrust decreasing value of the required lift and, consequently, value of the required angle of attack.
The presence of external loads increases the stalling speed approximately by 10 knots.
At vigorous pull-up command (due to the high controllability in pitch) can induce departure mode without the warning shaking with abrupt wing drop.
Recovery from a stall is performed by a slight pushover and increase of RPM.
An aircraft enters a spin in any configuration and in all the flight speed range up to the Mach number of 0.9. In any case, the spin is the result of stall at excessing available g forces during maneuvering or at the drop of speed lower than the allowable one for the current weight and flight configuration of the aircraft.
With the correct spin recovery technique taken into account and available altitude, aircraft recovery is possible from any kind of spin.
Upon entering a spin, the aircraft nose goes below the horizon to the angle of 50-75 degrees with a slow rotation. When the rotation rate increases, the aircraft nose goes up almost to the horizon. The first spin turn occurs approximately in 5-8 sec. with the altitude loss of 500-600 feet. During the next turn, the rotation rate increases with the diminution of amplitude of nosing up to the horizon and an increase of the climb angle to the vertical one.
At the same time, with each next turn the altitude loss increases and may reach 2.000 feet per turn.
Typically, the aircraft falls into a right-hand spin.
A spin with increased engine thrust is characterized by smaller climb angles and higher rotation rate.
A spin with minimal thrust or without power is characterized by a steeper (up to 90 degrees in the process of development) trajectory.
The spin quality does not change with the speedbrakes deployed.
In landing configuration, the spin peculiarity is smaller altitude loss at first turns.
With external fuel tanks, a change of spin direction may occur both upon entering the spin and after several turns.
Spin recovery occurs when the controls are set to their neutral position. As a rule, simultaneously, the aircraft recovers from the spin on its own with some delay.
For a controlled spin recovery, it is recommended:
If an aircraft carrying external loads has entered a spin and it is impossible to recover from the spin in the course of one or one and a half turns, then it is recommended to jettison all external loads and recover the aircraft from the spin according to the normal procedure.
It is forbidden to execute the following maneuvers: