The F-86H was started as a fighter-bomber derivative of the basic Sabre day fighter; use of the more powerful General Electric J73 engine dictated a larger intake, and this was achieved by deepening the fuselage by some six inches. The tailplane had no dihedral, and a clamshell canopy was fitted. The prototype YF-86H flew in April 1953, with the first production examples arriving later that year. These early aircraft retained the same machine gun armament as the F-86A/E/F, but most Sabre Hogs were armed with a quartet of M39 20mm cannon.

F-86H Sabre Hog

F-86H at NMUSAF with skin removed


F-86H Bibliography:

Photo: “F-86H Flies at Columbus” Aviation Week September 28, 1953 p.19

Photo of a 312th FBW F-86H taking part in Operation Sagebrush Aviation Week December 5, 1955 p.15

F-86H 3-view Air International July 1989 p.40

David Tipps “Building a 1/48 scale F-86H” FineScale Modeler February 1991, p.42-45. Turning the 1/48 scale Monogram F-86F into a Sabre Hog

“Workbench Review: 1/72 scale F-86H Sabre Hog from Special Hobby” FineScale Modeler March 2007, p.60

Gerry Manning Military Aircraft of the 1970s p.60: QF-86H 53-1409 “China Lake”, QF-86E N74170

Martin W. Bowman Fast Jet Fighters 1948-1978 p.37: color photo of a New York ANG F-86H

Boneyard Almanac: Then and Now by Del Laughery p.79: large photo of F-86H 52-2064, ex Mass ANG


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