Certainly the finest jet fighter of its generation, the North American F-86 Sabre

It went on to enjoy unprecedented success in a variety of combat roles

Between 1947 and 1957, more than 9,800 F-86s were manufactured

More than 5,500 Sabre day fighters were built in the U. S. and Canada

F-86 was also employed in the air forces of twenty other nations

The Sabre was developed under the direction of chief designer Edgar Schmued

In September 1947, an F-86A set a new world speed record of 670.9 mph.

U.S. production of the F-86 ended in December 1956