North American Aviation F-86E(M) Sabre


  • Role: Fighter
  • Dimensions: Wingspan 11.91 m , length 11.44 m, height 4.45 m
  • Engine: 1 x General Electric J47-GE-13 turbojet (2360 Kg of thrust)
  • Armament: 6 ×.50 in (12.7 mm) Browning M3 machine guns, 2 Sidewinder air to air missiles, 1000 lb of bomb payload
  • Crew: 1
  • Number in service:110
  • Country of Manufacture: USA
  • Years in service: 1954 – 1965

In 1954 Greece received the  first F-86. The aircraft were not new, but retrofitted, by North American,  RAF Canadair CL-13Mk4. These planes equipped the 341, 342 and 343 Squadrons. They remained in service until 1965, when they were replaced by F-5A. The Sabre was the first Greek aircraft that could break the sound barrier in dive. Initially the aircraf remained unpainted, but since 1964 they adopted  standard  NATO camouflage, while maintaining the lower surface bare metal look. The most famous Greek Sabres were of course those used by the famous Greek “Greek Flame” (1957-1965),which were painted in red, white and blue colors.