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.
The Belsimtek simulation of the Sabre is by far the most authentic recreation of this famous warbird to date. Feel what is to fly the Sabre with a professional level flight model, an interactive cockpit, fully functional weapons, a detailed damage model and a richly detailed aircraft. Experience the strengths and weaknesses of the Sabre in combat and find out why seasoned fighter pilots often look back at the Sabre as the most enjoyable aircraft they ever flew.
As part of DCS World, fly the F-86F Sabre in a fully realized combat environment with working weapon systems and capable air and ground threats.
Normal crew: 1
Maximum allowable gross: 20,611 lbs / 9,348 kg
Basic weight: 11,125 lbs / 5,046 kg
Useful load (with pilot 230 lbs): 6,607 lbs / 2,996 kg
Weight with payload for normal mission: 15,175 lbs / 6,883 kg
Fuel usable capacity internal (JP-4, 0.778 kg/l): 2,826 lbs / 435 gal / 1,282 kg / 1,647 l
Fuel consumption rate (for loiter at 30,000 ft, CAS 192 kts, RPM 74%, gross weight 12,296-15,138 lbs): ~1,150 lbs/h / 522 kg/h
Normal cruise speed (for maximum range at 35,000 ft, RPM 78%, gross weight 12,296-15,138 lbs): 260 kts / 482 km/h
Maximum speed at sea level: 600 kts / 1,111 km/h
Maximum speed at 33,000 feet: 313 kts / 580 km/h
Service ceiling (for weight 14,000 lbs): 52,000 ft / 15,850 m
Maximum rate of climb: 9,500 ft/min / 2,835 m/min
Maximum range: 1,395 nm / 2,584 km
F-86F Sabre can perform different combat roles that include destruction of both air and ground targets. Integral weapons and various pod-type armament make it possible to show its combat capabilities:
- 6 Colt-Browning М3 machine guns (calibre – 12.7 mm, rate of fire – 1100 rounds per minute, weapons capacity – 300 rounds per machine gun)
- 2 AN-M64 bombs
- 16 HVAR unguided rockets
The J47-GE-27 jet turbine engine installed on the F-86F was manufactured by General Electric and has a static thrust of about 6,000 pounds (2,680kgf).
The jet turbine model is based on the simulation of the gas-dynamic duct, the condition of which is closely interrelated to the air intake, compressor, combustion chamber, turbine, and exhaust cone models of operation. In addition to this, the engine fuel control system is fully simulated. All these models interrelate with each other and this makes it possible to attain manifestation of the following features:
Fuel consumption to the engine is governed by the fuel management system (engine fuel control system) consisting of the main fuel control system and emergency (back-up) fuel control system. The emergency system is used to maintain the fuel flow to the engine in case of a failure of the main system.