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The North American F-86D Sabre (sometimes called the "Sabre Dog" was an American transonic jet all-weather interceptor of the United States Air Force and others. Based on the North American F-86 Sabre day fighter, the F-86D had only 25 percent commonality with other Sabre variants, with a larger fuselage, a larger afterburning engine, and a distinctive nose radome.
The YF-95 was a development of the F-86 Sabre, the first aircraft designed around the new 2.75-inch (70 mm) "Mighty Mouse" Folding-Fin Aerial Rocket (FFAR). Begun in March 1949, the unarmed prototype, 50-577, first flew on 22 December 1949, piloted by North American test pilot George Welch and was the first U.S. Air Force night fighter design with only a single crewman and a single engine, a J47-GE-17 with afterburner rated at 5,425 lbf (24.1 kN) static thrust. Gun armament was eliminated in favor of a retractable under-fuselage tray carrying 24 unguided Mk. 4 rockets, then considered a more effective weapon against enemy bombers than a barrage of cannon fire. A second prototype, 50-578, was also built, but the YF-95 nomenclature was short-lived as the design was subsequently redesignated YF-86D.
- Predecessor 1st Jetfighter Generation
- Created On Windows
- Wingspan 44.2ft (13.5m)
- Length 49.3ft (15.0m)
- Height 20.7ft (6.3m)
- Empty Weight 13,900lbs (6,305kg)
- Loaded Weight 17,224lbs (7,812kg)
- Power/Weight Ratio 1.435
- Wing Loading 37.0lbs/ft2 (180.8kg/m2)
- Wing Area 465.2ft2 (43.2m2)
- Drag Points 6390
- Number of Parts 488
- Control Surfaces 3