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Air Force Legends 202 - F-86D, K, L Sabrejet

Air Force Legends 202 - F-86D, K, L Sabrejet

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Latest
in
Norlh
American's
famous
Sabr'.?family
is
lhe
newF-86K,
cannon-armed
s : s t ~ r
of
the
F-86D,
which
isnow
inproduction
a::d
will
soon
join
NATO
forces
in
Europe's
air
defense.
Bolh
the
"0"
and"K"
are
onmeexamples
of
North
American
Avialion:s
1.:n
surpassed
ability
to
design
and
produceihe
planpstomeetAmericd's
defense
needs.
Research
and
deve]opmen
t
keep
North
American
foremost
in
aircraft,
rocket
engine8,
quided
missilps,
eleclronics
and
peaceful
ap
plications
of
atomic
energy.
Below,
North
Americanperiod
ad
aboutthe
F-86DSabreDog(viaDonSpering,AviationInReview)
BACK
COVERTop,F-86K
prototype
54-1231taxis
with
drag
chute
open.(BoeingHistoricalArchives)Bottom,
FiatbuiltF-86K
rolls
off
thefactory
assembly
andisbeing
prepared
for
a
factory
test
flight.
(Boeing
HistoricalArchives)
FRONTCOVERGeneral
Electric
color
ad
for
the
J47jet
engine
and
the
F-86D.(GeneralElectricvia
ScottBloom)
ToddY
,h,n'
dfe'
mor<·
r·86D
Sabre
Jetsfly
inq
on
deli',/('
dilly
thanall
o t h ~ r
( n l e r c e p t o r ~
lypi'S
( ' ( ) m b i n ( ~ J .
Norlll
American
Sabre
Jets
uI'('
Ill(
winqcdbackbone
of
our
nation'scon
lIn(·1l1dl
d ( > f ( ~ n s e
system
and
thedefense
system
of
IlldllY
()f
ollr
d . l l i E . ~ s
throughoutthe
world.Day
or
niqh1,
f'lir
weather
or
foul
...
F-86D's
ore
eV't-'r
dk-rt
10
intercept
(lny
possible
invader.
Th(,
"D"
WdS
the
AirForce's
first
onc-mdn
a11
w(
-dll)(
r
interceptor.
Capdb]pof
650
rn.p.h.
plus
Spl'n:!s,it
cdrries24
MightyMouse
r o c k e ~
e,lChilble-
10
destroy
any
knowntype
of
bomber.
"
Engine",
..
:
NorthAmericlln
o t l p r ~
uDuou",1
opportunities.Write
EnqinelHin(,J
Personnel
Office,
LosAnqQ1es
or
Downey,
C
.
l;{orn;lI.;
or
C o l u m b u ~ ,
Oh,o.
authoredby
Mr.
Simone
on
anotherNorthAmericansubject,the
F-1
07.
NORTH
AMERICANHASBUILT
RayWagner
is
currentlyresponsiblefortheArchivesattheSanDiegoAerospaceMuseum,and
is
alongtimeaviationwriter.Hisworldfamousreferencework,
AmericanCombatPlanes,
thatfirstappeared
in
1960,hasbeenrepeatedlyupdatedand
is
now
in
itsfifthedition.Otherfamousbookswrittenby
Mr.
Wagnerare
GermanCombatPlanes
andthe
NorthAmericanSabre.
ABOUTTHEAUTHOR
"
JoeAltnether,ScottBloom,BoeingHistoricalArchives,EdwardsAFBHistoricalCenter,PaulFreiler,ThomasGraham,CraigKaston,TonyLandis,BarryMiller,
S.
Nicolaou,LionelPaul,MickRoth(manuals),BillSimone(photos,manuals,documents),DonSpering(Aircraft
in
Review),BobStolloff,WilliamSwisher,NormTaylor,RayWagner
and
NickWilliams.
©
1999bySteveGinterINTRODUCTION
Allrightsreserved.No
part
of
thispublication
may
bereproduced,stored
in
a
retrievalsystem,
or
trans-mitted
in
any
form
by
any
meanselec-tronic,mechanical
or
otherwisewith-outthewrittenpermission
of
thepub-lisher.
ISBN0-942612-99-XCONTRIBUTORS
The
secondbook
in
theAirForceLegendsseries
is
theNorthAmericanF-86D/K/L"SabreDog".Theimportance
of
thissingleseatall-weatherbomber/intercepJorhasbeenalwaysovershadowedbytheKoreanWarvintageF-86A/E/Fseriesofdayfighters.ProductionofF-86Dsaloneaccountedfor2,506aircraft.Althoughun-glamorouscomparedtoitsdayfighterbrother,the"Dog"wasresponsibleforseveralworldspeedrecords.TheF-86D/K/Lwill
be
covered
in
twovolumes;this,thefirst,willcoveritsdesign/testing/structures.Thesecondvolumewillcoversquadronserviceandmarkings,bothforeign
&
domestic.SPECIALACKNOWLEDGEMENTSteveGinter,1754WarfieldCir.,Simi
Valley,
California,93063Threeindividualsdeservespecialacknowledgementsforrescuingandpreservingdocumentsandphotosfromcertaindemiseresultingfromcorporaterestructuring.Theseindividualsare:ScottBloom,CraigKastonandBillSimone.WatchforafutureAirForceLegendsbook
 
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,c-
NORTHAMERICANF-86D/KIL"SABREDOG"DEVELOPMENTANDTESTING
F-86DCUTAWAY
Rapiddevelopmentoffighterdesignhadbeentheruleduringthedecadeofthe'40s,and
soit
wasnotsurprisingtofindanall-weatherinterceptorversionoftheF-86onthedrawingboardsearly
in
theSabre'shistory.TheF-86DbeganastheNA-164on28March1949,whenthecompanyinitiatedengineeringdesignofanallweatherinterceptorversionofthe
F-86.
Whenthe
US
AirForceshowedimmediateinterest,engineeringwasbegun
on
7April1949
on
theproductionversion,NA-165.Mock-upconstructionwasstarted
on
1June1949.TheideaoftheF-86Dwastoprovideaninterceptorwithradarforallweat.hercapabilityand
an
afterburnerforextraboosttospeedandclimb.
Up
tothattime,all-weatherfightershadbeentwo-seateraircraft,buttheF-86Dwastobethefirstsingle-seatall-weatherinterceptor
in
anycountry.Thewholeconceptofasingleseatinterceptorrequiredelectronicsystemssufficientlysophisticatedtoreplacethesecondman.Targetlocation,firecontrol,andmuchflightcontrolwasto
be
accomplishedby"blackboxes".AJ47-GE-17withafterburnerwasprovidedwith
an
electronicallycontrolledfuelschedulingsystemwhichwouldrelievethepilotofthenecessitytowatchenginebehaviorconstantly.GeneralElectricandNorthAmericanco-operatedfortwoyearstodevelopandperfectasinglethrottle-levercontrol,workingthrough
an
electronicfuelselectorwhichdeterminedtheamountoffuelfedtotheengine,andcorrelatedtheentireengineandafterburnerbehaviorforoptimumefficiency.Themainadvantagesofthissystemweretheextremelyrapidresponsesoftheenginetochangesofthrottlesettingandthesimplificationofoperatingtechnique.BySeptember1949,planscalledfora50-kilowattradaronearlyaircraft,tobereplacedbya250-kilowattsetlater.Insteadofguns,2.75-inchrocketswouldbeusedtoattack
1
enemybombers,althougha20mmguninstallationwould
be
studiedasastand-byplan.
An
automaticpilotwould
be
provided,additionalinternalfuelwouldberequiredtofeedthethirstyafterburner,andself-sealingprotectionwould
be
removedfromthefueltankstosaveweight.Otherchangesincludeda"clamshell"canopyhingedattherearforeasierejection,thecombinationofstabilizerandelevatorintoonemovablesurface,completelyhydrauliccontrols,andaZeroReaderforblind,instrumentlandings.Themostdistinctivechange,ofcourse,wasloweringthenoseairintaketomakespaceaboveittoinstalla30-inchfiberglasradomecoveringthe18-inchantennaoftheAN/APG-36searchradar.AlongfuselageaccommodatedtheJ47-GE-17afterburner.
In
February1950,afirmchoiceofrocketarmamentwasmade,andthe20mmgunoptionwasdropped.AletterofcontractfortwoYF-

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