F-86A-5 Sabre

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General info

F-86A-5 Sabre in the Garage.

The F-86A-5 Sabre is a Rank V American jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB) and 9.0 (RB/SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

The view of an F-86 Sabre from the cockpit of a MiG-15

General play style

The F-86A-5 should be played as a strict BnZ plane due to the fact that simple turns make it bleed a lot of speed. Gain some speed after takeoff (750 - 800 km/h or 466 - 497 mph) then zoom up to 3,000 meters/9843 feet then turn to the center after you're done zoom side-climbing. Next, you pick your targets. Dive, engage, zoom up smoothly (to not lose a lot of speed) then rinse and repeat. If there are multiple enemies above you, don't engage and keep flying straight. If there is one enemy above you in the vicinity, you can engage, but don't pull up hard or you will lose a lot of speed in the process! Do it smoothly. If you are generally low on speed and you can escape from enemies, keep flying straight until you're fast, zoom up then loop around and keep flying straight at the altitude you went up to then resume the strict BnZ procedure.

Vehicle characteristics

The F-86A-5 has the weakest engine of all Sabres, and generally the engine is weak compared to other top tier jets (F-86F, CL-13, MiG-17, MiG-15bis etc); thus the slow acceleration, lower top speed than all other Sabres and the low rate of climb for a top tier jet. However, it is the best-turning Sabre in the game and the one with the fastest roll rate. But do not turn at any cost unless it's an emergency! The F-86A-5 bleeds speeds in vertical and horizontal turns very quickly and struggles to regain the energy it had unless there are no enemies in the area. Remember this: a slow Sabre is a dead Sabre! Despite all of that, it is still faster than the MiG-15, MiG-15bis and many other enemies in top speed.

Tactics

The F-86A-5 is not an air superiority fighter, it's more of a support plane despite being a Sabre. Tactics explained in "General play style".

Specific enemies worth noting

All top tier jets are a threat. All of them have better performance overall especially in acceleration, climb rate and energy retention.

Counter-tactics

If you're in an emergency (a situation where nothing that was explained works), resort to defensive flying. The defensive flying capabilities of the A-5 Sabre are very high and extremely good due to its roll rate. Most of the time, top tier jet pilots will BnZ you which is a problem. However, if they decide to dogfight you, you have the advantage.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very fast roll rate.
  • Leading edge slats which improve low speed maneuverability.
  • Nose mounted weaponry.
  • Good zooming ability.
  • Good diving ability.
  • Best turning Sabre
  • 12.7mm M3 Browning .50 cals are currently godlike.

Cons:

  • Poor sustained climb rate.
  • Slow acceleration for a top rank jet.
  • Loses a lot of speed in turns.
  • Slow compared to it's enemies.
  • Very hard to get guns on target in horizontal due to rudder.

Specifications

Armaments

Main armament

  • 6 x 12.7 mm M3 Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (300 rpg = 1,800 total)

Payloads

  • Without payload
  • 16 x 127 mm HVAR rockets
  • 2 x 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs

bombs

bombs

Bombs

Nation Mass (nominal) Name Caliber Drag   Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen     Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen  
Bomb properties High explosive Fragmentation
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Germany
1,000 kg SC 1000L2 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg SC 250Ja 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg SC 50Ja 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg SC 500K 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
10 kg SD 10C 152 0.8 0.3 5m 8mm 0 15m 5mm
10 kg SD 10a 152 0.8 0.5 5m 10mm 0 15m 5mm
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Japan
250 kg mod.25 mk 2 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg mod. 50 mk 2 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
800 kg mod. 80 mk 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg Type 92 mod. 25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg Type 92 mod. 50 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
100 kg Type 94 mod. 10 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
50 kg Army Type 94 mod. 5 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
60 kg Type 97 mod. 6 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
250 kg Type 98 mod.25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
800kg Type 99 mod. 25 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
800 kg Navy Type 99 No. 80 mod. 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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USSR
100 kg FAB-100 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
1,000 kg FAB-1000 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg FAB-250M-43 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg FAB-50 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg FAB-500 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
1,500 kg FAB-1500M-46 450 33 2452.7 70m 450mm 94.4 150m 15mm
3,000 kg FAB-3000M-46 450 33 8493.2 100m 500mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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Britain
453 kg 1000 lb GP 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb GP mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb MC mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 43 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb late 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 43 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
1,815 kg mk 2 Cookie 450 100 4955.1 80m 400mm 87.6 200m 15mm
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USA
453.6 kg 1000lb AN-M65 cone 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453.6 kg 1000 lb AN-M65A1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
45.4 kg 100 lb AN-M30A1 152 4.3 1 8m 50mm 51.3 40m 10mm
907.2 kg 2000 lb AN-M66A2 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb AN-M57 267 9.3 4.1 12m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb AN-M64A1 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
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France
kg 100 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 200 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 500 kg No. 2 m mm m mm

Rockets

Rockets

Aircraft Rockets

Nation Mass Name Velocity Caliber Drag   Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen     Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen  
Rocket properties High explosive Fragmentation
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Germany
110.9 kg BR 20 350 m/s 210 100 210.8 5 m 75 mm 100 50 m 10 mm
3.85 kg R4M Orkan 525 m/s 55 0 0.6 1 m 12 mm 5.2 25 m 8 mm
2.78 kg RZ 65 Föhn 260 m/s 73 17.5 0 0.9 m 10 mm 13.1 15 m 8 mm
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Japan
60 kg 60 kg 340 m/s 82 21.1 99.9 6 m 60 mm 0 15 m 8 mm
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USSR
41.9 kg RS-132 350 m/s 132 14 27.9 3 m 75 mm 43.3 25 m 10 mm
7.84 kg RS-82 340 m/s 82 0 0.6 1 m 23 mm 16.9 12 m 8 mm
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Britain
64 kg HVAR 420 m/s 127 14 29.3 3.5 m 75 mm 98.6 17 m 12 mm
43 kg RP-3 350 m/s 76 10.5 35.8 3.5m 75 mm 56.7 15 m 5 mm
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USA
583 kg 11.75 in Tiny Tim 300 m/s 298 17.5 1,289.2 13 m 120 mm 183.4 45 m 12 mm
64 kg 5 in HVAR 420 m/s 127 14 29.3 3.5 m 75 mm 98.6 17 m 12 mm
17 kg M8 Bazooka 250 m/s 114 3.5 6 1 m 29 mm 16.8 25 m 7 mm

Armour

  • Front Windshield, Bulletproof Glass (38mm)
  • Nose, Steel (6.35mm)
  • Nose, Steel (6.35mm)
  • Pilot's Headrest, Steel (20mm)
  • Back of Pilot's seat, Steel (12.7mm)

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: General Electric J47-GE-13 jet
  • Takeoff thrust: 2137.9 kgf (Stock), 2370.6 kgf (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 900 kg
Name: General Electric J47-GE-13 jet
  • Takeoff thrust: 2115.8 kgf (Stock), 2250 kgf (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 900 kg
Name: General Electric J47-GE-13 jet
  • Takeoff thrust: 2115.8 kgf (Stock), 2250 kgf (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 900 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 1,081 km/h
    • at height: at sea level
  • Max altitude: 14,000 m
  • Turn Time: 25.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 30.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 700 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 1105 km/h
    • at height: at sea level
  • Max altitude: 14,000 m
  • Turn Time: 22.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 46.2 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 700 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 1,071 km/h
    • at height: at sea level
  • Max altitude: 14,000 m
  • Turn Time: 25.9 s
  • Rate of Climb: 28.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 700 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 1093 km/h*
    • at height: at sea level
  • Max altitude: 14,000 m
  • Turn Time: 24.0 s*
  • Rate of Climb: 38.1 m/s*
  • Takeoff run: 700 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 1,071 km/h
    • at height: at sea level
  • Max altitude: 14,000 m
  • Turn Time: 25.9 s
  • Rate of Climb: 28.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 700 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 1093 km/h*
    • at height: at sea level
  • Max altitude: 14,000 m
  • Turn Time: 24.0 s*
  • Rate of Climb: 38.1 m/s*
  • Takeoff run: 700 m

Performance

Horsepower graph

Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.55)



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0.92
1.84
2.76
3.68
4.6
Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP



Thrust graph
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430
640
850
1050
1260
1470
1670
1880
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8.4
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12
Speed in 100kph
Altitude in 1000km


Modules and improvements

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair, Compressor Offensive 12mm
II New boosters Airframe FRC mk.2
III Wings Repair, Engine New 12mm MGs
IV G-suit Cover FLBC mk.1

History of creation and combat usage

The F-86 is considered one of the best fighter jets of the Korean War. It is the most-produced Western fighter, with almost 10,000 aircraft produced by the US, Australia, Canada (as the re-engined CL-13), Italy, and Japan.

The F-86 was developed by North American Aviation, the creator of the venerable P-51 Mustang. The XP-86 prototype was created to meet the USAF requirement for a high-altitude escort fighter. It was derived from the Navy's FJ-1 Fury, a transitional fighter jet that borrowed the wings, tail surfaces and canopy from the P-51D. The XP-86 was under threat of cancellation because the XP-80 and XP-84 had similar performance characteristics and were farther ahead in development. However, North American designers made a radical change to the design and replaced the straight wing with a swept wing, which was shown by seized German research to greatly reduce drag and increase performance at high speed. The resulting performance boost was so significant that the swept-wing prototype of the XP-86 was supposedly able break the sound barrier in a dive a few days before Chuck Yeager made his official attempt.

The F-86A-5 is the first operational variant of the F-86. It is powered by the General Electric J47 engine and includes slats on the leading edge of the wing derived from the Messerschmitt Me 262 to increase low-speed performance. It is armed with six M3 .50 (12.7 mm) electrically boosted machine guns firing at 1,200 rounds per minute. It can carry eight 5" rockets, 2000lb of bombs, or a pair of external fuel tanks that can be jettisoned in-flight to increase performance in combat. While most of the F-86As had a Mark 18 manual ranging-computing gun sight, the last 24 F-86A-5-NAs were equipped with the A-1CM gun sight, which used radar to automatically compute a target's range. This later became standard on the F-86E.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins

Skins and camouflages for the F-86A-5 from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-usa.png F-86A-5 Sabre
Nation USA
Type Jet Fighter
Fighting style Boom & Zoom
Jet Combat

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~4900 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~6184 kg
Takeoff Weight ~9530 kg
Wing Area ~27 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks yes
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Thrust per Engine 2250 kN
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~1093.00 kph at 0 m
Climb Rate ~38.10 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~743.75 kph
Turn Time ~24.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~183.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~10803 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~13632 lb
Takeoff Weight ~21010 lb
Wing Area ~288 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks yes
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Thrust per Engine 2250 kN
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~679.16 mph at 0 m
Climb Rate 125.00 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~462.15 mph
Turn Time 24.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~37.48 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
6 x M3 Browning 300 RPG
Payload Option 1
Nothing Loaded Clean Plane
Payload Option 2
16 x HVAR 🚀 Rocket
Payload Option 3
2 x 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 Fin M129 💣 Bomb
Limits
Max Speed limit 1118 kph
Gear lmit 350 kph
Combat Flaps 620 kph
Max static +G's ~13
Max static -G's ~8
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <850 kph
Rudder <600 kph
Elevators <680 kph
Radiator >250 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 695 mph
Gear lmit 217 mph
Combat Flaps 385 mph
Max static +G's ~13
Max static -G's ~8
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <528 mph
Rudder <373 mph
Elevators <423 mph
Radiator >155 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is not controllable
Pitch is not controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is not controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is not controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)