The North American F-86F Sabre is a day, clear weather, transonic fighter-interceptor with a secondary ground attack capability. The foremost US fighter of the Korean War (1950-53), the F-86 was the only Allied jet that could hold its own – and in the right hands, outmatch - the Russian-made MiG-15s over the bitterly-contested North Korean airspace known as ‘MiG Alley’.
The F-86F is armed with six .50 in/12.7 mm Colt-Browning М3 machine guns, with a rate of fire of 1100 rounds per minute and 300 rounds per gun. A game-changer at the time, the Sabre’s excellent APG-30 gunsight helped give it the edge in dogfights, enabling accurate fire at longer ranges. It can also carry two AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles. For air-to-ground strikes the F-86 can deliver up to sixteen HVAR unguided rockets or pairs of AN-M64 500lb or M117 750lb General Purpose bombs.
Powered by a single General Electric J47-GE-27 turbojet providing 5,910 lbs of thrust, the F-86F has a maximum speed of 595 knots at sea level, a rate of climb of 9,000 fpm to 49,600 feet and a combat radius of about 600 nautical miles.
Almost 10,000 were built, making the F-86 the most-produced Western jet-fighter of all time. Exported to many countries, it saw service with almost 30 air forces. It last saw action flying in Pakistani Air Force colors during the 1971 war with India.
Experience the strengths and challenges of the Sabre in combat and find out why seasoned fighter pilots often look back on it as the most enjoyable aircraft they ever flew.
The F-86, produced by the North American Aviation, is undoubtedly one of the most famous aircraft of the second half of the 20th century. It is not only famous for its outstanding performance, but also its wide use in various armed conflicts. The successful use of the aircraft during the Korean War, where the Sabre got nicknamed the MiG Killer, made the aircraft a commercial success. The F-86 was supplied to more than 30 countries and was in operational service up to the early 1970's. The F-86 won more than 900 victories in dogfights. No other jet-propelled aircraft has ever achieved that. In addition to its role as an air-to-air fighter, the Sabre was also used as a strike aircraft, reconnaissance aircraft, target aircraft, as well as a platform for testing systems and weapons. Its modifications are as follows: XF-86, YF-86A, F-86A, DF-86A, RF-86A, F-86B, F-86C, YF-86D, F-86D/L, F-86E, F-86E(M), QF-86E, F-86F, QF-86F, RF -86F, TF -86 F, YF-86H, F-86H, QF-86H. More than 9,800 Sabres were produced (of all the modifications). Follow-on updates and the perfecting of its armaments and avionics continued throughout the aircraft production period; for this reason, within the framework of one modification there are several various series. In this simulation we have modeled the F-86F modification of series 35, which is one of the latest series of the "F" modifications.
The cockpit of the F-86F series 35 was implemented with the maximum possible level of precision. The instruments, instrument panels, aircraft systems control panels, and controls were designed using high resolution textures and animations. The pilot's camera in the Sabre virtual cockpit has six degrees of freedom, which makes a player feel like they are in the real cockpit. The cockpit also supports Oculus VR.
To simplify the mastering of the virtual cockpit, all the elements are equipped with cues appearing when you pass the mouse over them.
The 3D Sabre model is implemented to the same high quality standards and best traditions of our designers; it is highly detailed using multitexture maps, normal maps, and specular maps, all the control surfaces are accurately animated.
Our F-86F model is the virtual copy of this famous aircraft in the truest sense of the word. The external model and the cockpit have been scrupulously simulated. As with all of our products, a very detailed simulation of the engine and flight dynamics is also included. This allows us to attain a very close correspondence between the operational and physical characteristics and all the peculiarities of F-86F Sabre flight behaviour. Employment of all the weapon systems (machine guns, rockets, bombs) is possible during various combat missions.