F-86 Sabre on lakebed, front view

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Description With the NACA High-Speed Flight Station (HSFS) main building (4800) in the background the North American F-86F (Serial #52-5426) Sabre sits on the Rogers Dry lakebed just off the NACA ramp in 1954. This was soon after the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics unit moved from South Base at Edwards Air Force Base to the new building that still houses the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, successor to the HSFS. The F-86F performed both pitch-up research and duties as a chase aircraft for the D-558-2. Its stay at the HSFS was brief. It arrived on June 23, 1954, and left on September 10 the same year. The F-86 had a 35 degree swept wing and a wing span of 37 feet 1 inch with a General Electric J47-GE engine. It was the first U.S. swept wing fighter and saw extensive action in the Korean War. It could slightly exceed Mach 1 in a dive.

Image number: E-1326
Date: 1954


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