This week’s image is of a North American F-86A Sabre jet fighter at the Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio:
The F-86 was the U.S. Air Force’s first swept-wing jet fighter, but had quite a bit of German heritage (with the wing’s profile taken straight from the Me-262, and wing layout taken from captured Messerschmitt experimental data). While starting life in 1944 studies, it first flew in 1947 and distinguished itself in service during the Korean War.
By the time production of the Sabre ended, 9,860 Sabres had been produced in 20 different variants, flying for the air forces of 24 different countries. The last Sabre was retired from active service in 1994.
This particular F-86A (first production model of the F-86) is painted in the colors of the aircraft flown by Lt. Col. Bruce Hinton when he became the first F-86 pilot to shoot down a MiG on December 17, 1950.