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F-86F-25 Sabre
General characteristics
1 personCrew
5.4 tEmpty weight
9.5 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
14 700 mCeiling
sec24.0/24.0/0.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
General Electric J47-GE-27Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1 170 km/hStructural
350 km/hGear
Offensive armament
6 х 12.7 mm M3 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
1 800 roundsAmmunition
1 200 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
16 х HVAR rocketsSetup 1
2 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombSetup 2
170 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
550 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png9 500 / 12 815/11 000 / 14 838/3 050 / 4 114Repair
160 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
550 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 000 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.08 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the aircraft F-86F-25. For other uses, see F-86 (Family).


GarageImage F-86F-25.jpg

The F-86F-25 Sabre is a Rank V American jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB) and 9.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.35.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
1,095 1,089 14 700 24.9 26.0 39.1 36.2 750
Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 14 700  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 750


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
1 170 350 620 ~12 ~7
Optimal velocities
< 850 < 600 < 650 > 250

Survivability and armour

  • 6.35 mm steel - in front of cockpit
  • 12.7 mm steel - behind pilot
  • 38 mm steel - armoured windscreen
  • 20 mm steel pilot's headrest


Offensive armament

Main article: Browning M3 (12.7 mm)

The F-86F-25 is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

The F-86F-25 can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • Without payload
  • 16 x 127 mm HVAR rockets
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs (2,000 lb total)

Usage in battles

The F-86 F-25 differs greatly from its A-5 predecessor as it no longer has leading edge slats on the wings which increase low speed maneuverability. This was removed from the F model Sabres as North American Aviation (the maker of the Sabre) saw that low speed dogfights were a rare occasion (although a slatted wing made a comeback in the -40 block). A more powerful engine was also installed inside the F-86 giving it a better rate of climb, acceleration and top speed. In the F model the biggest difference between was the addition of the "all flying tail" which allowed for high speed maneuvering. Where the Sabre excels is in high-speed maneuvering. Its main opponent—the MiG-15bis—doesn't have an 'all flying tail,' so its control surfaces lock up at speeds exceeding 500 mph (800 kph). Inexperienced pilots new to the aircraft must be careful of the Sabre's maneuverability, as it's quite easy to pull too many Gs and tear off the wings. Once the new engine is installed, the Sabre gets a much-improved rate of climb. Although not quite capable of out-climbing the MiG-15bis, the Sabre can handily out-climb (and out-dive) the MiG-15.


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe FRC mk.2
III Wings Repair Engine New 12 mm MGs
IV Engine Injection Cover FLBC mk.1

Pros and cons


  • High roll rate.
  • Second Highest top speed.
  • Good performance below 8 km altitude.
  • Nose mounted weaponry.
  • Good zooming ability.
  • Very good diving acceleration.
  • Very effective aerodynamic brake.
  • Very good maneuverability at high speeds and in horizontal.


  • Moderate acceleration.
  • Poor climb rate in a sustained climb.
  • Poor maneuverability at low speeds and in vertical.


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-86F is a further development of the F-86E, which introduced a full power-operated control system and the all-flying tail, in which the entire horizontal stabilizer moves to significantly increase the aircraft's maneuverability at high speed. The F-86F is fitted with the uprated J47-GE-27 engine. The leading edge slats featured on earlier Sabre models were removed in later production versions of the F-86F in favor of more space for fuel. Some of the earlier F-86F models had the static leading edge slats retrofitted. It also carried over the capability to carry tactical nuclear weapons from the F-86E.


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See also

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