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North American F-86 Sabre
North American F-86 Sabre
Prototypes

North American XP-86 Sabre/45-59597
  • First Prototype
  • First flight, October 1, 1947
  • Delivered to the U.S. Air Force, December 1948.
  • Assigned to 3077th EG, 1951
  • Assigned to 2759th ABW, 1951
  • Assigned to 4901st SW, 1952
  • Survived a 27 kT nuclear test at Frenchman's Flat, NV, May 8, 1952
  • Survived a 15 kT nuclear test at Frenchman's Flat, NV, May 25, 1951
  • Sold for scrap from the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, January 1965
XP-86 Sabre/45-59597
XP-86 Sabre/45-59597 being flown by NAA test pilot George S. Welch.
[Source: North American Aviation]


North American XP-86 Sabre/45-59598
  • Second Prototype, 1948
  • Delivered to the U.S. Air Force, May 1950.
  • Used as a target on the Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, May 1953
  • SOC: April 1953
  • Transferred to the Department of the Army, April 1953.
XP-86 Sabre/45-59598
North American Aviation XP-86 prototypes.
Front to back, 45-59598, 45-59597 and 45-59599.

[Source: National Archives and Records Administration]


North American XP-86 Sabre/45-59599
  • Second Prototype, 1948
  • Delivered to the U.S. Air Force, December 1948
  • Assigned to 2759th ABW, 1948.
  • Assigned to USAF 3077th EG, 1950.
  • Written off at Edwards AFB, CA? Repaired?, June 26, 1950
  • Assigned to 4901st SW.
  • "Tested to destruction" on the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, August 31, 1953.
    • Presumably in a nuclear bomb test.
  • Struck off charge, April 1953


North American YF-86H-1-NA Sabre/52-1975
  • First H-model prototype
  • First flight, April 30, 1953.
  • Returned to North American Aviation for tests.
North American Aviation YF-86H-1-NA Sabre 52-1975 during a test flight.
North American Aviation YF-86H-1-NA Sabre 52-1975 during a test flight.
[Source: U.S. Air Force Photo]


North American YF-86H-1-NA Sabre/52-1976
  • Second H-model prototype
  • Returned to North American Aviation for tests.
  • Struck off chagre: December 1962
  • Reported preserved in Greenville, SC.


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