Compared to the MiG-15, the F-86 fighter was still more appreciated, the rate of air combat against the enemy was also better

After World War II, the world was deeply polarized, one led by the United States, the other led by the Soviet Union. These two blocs form military alliances, always wary of each other, and create many new weapons to overwhelm each other. Neither the United States nor the Soviet Union were at the forefront of jet development. It was Germany that shaped and built the first Messerschmitt Me 262 jet.

The arrival of jet fighters immediately created a counterweight in the air game. Compared with propeller plane, jet has faster speed, excellent rate of climb. It was a vital element in air combat during the period from the end of the second world war.

F-86 Saber
F-86 Saber

From what the US and the Soviet Union obtained from Germany, they began to build their own jet-powered aircraft. Two prominent representatives were the Soviet MiG-15 and the American F-86. The two planes had encounters right in the sky over North Korea. However, compared to the MiG-15, the F-86 fighter was still more appreciated, the rate of air combat against the enemy was also better.

There were many results given about the ratio of victories between these two aircraft, but all reports have in common that the F-86 won against the MiG-15 fighter. The F-86 was considered a worthy opponent, because it had a better dive ability than the MiG-15 but was weaker in its ability to leap and accelerate. The F-86 had a more stable barrel, but less firepower than the MiG-15. The most famous air battles between the MiG-15 and F-86 took place in the “Mig Alley” area of ‚Äč‚Äčnorthern Korea. Here, these fighters often participated in fierce dogfights, a new form of air combat between jets.

The North American F-86 Saber is a subsonic fighter aircraft developed for the United States Air Force after World War II. This is one of the most popular jet fighters produced by Western countries during the Cold War period. Even the F-86 fighters were also transferred technology for production outside the US. An estimated 10,000 F-86s were produced in all versions.

The F-86 was a single-seat fighter. The plane had a length of 11.4m, a wingspan of 11.3m, a height of 4.5m. It had an empty weight of 5 tons, a maximum take-off weight of up to 8.23 tons. With many epic feats, it even shot down the MiG-21 in the Indo-Pakistan conflict. The F-86 Saber deserved to be the sharp edge of the West in the early years of the cold war, until the advent of superior Soviet fighters.

F-86 Saber was equipped with a jet engine with thrust up to 24.kN, making it able to reach a speed of 1,106 km/h, a range of up to 2,454 km, a rate of climb of 45.7 m/s, and service ceiling is 15,100m.


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