F 86 A Sabre 48-178 See the first jet fighter and veteran of the Korean War grace the skies over East Fortune for the Airshow at National Museum of Flight on Saturday 27 July 2013. Breaking the sound barrier The Sabre supports the old saying "What looks right flies right". The F-86 was the first operational allied swept wing jet aircraft. The F-86 is also reputedly the first aeroplane to break the sound barrier in 1947, before Captain Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager’s official sonic boom with the Bell X-I. Above: F 86 A Sabre © Andy Cutler. The world air speed record was unofficially broken by Major Richard L Johnson, flying the fourth production F-86 in front of 80,000 spectators at the Cleveland Air Races in front of 80,000 spectators at the Cleveland Air Races on 8 September 1948 and he went on to capture it officially at Muroc at 670 mph. Many pilots considered it the best handling fighter of its time and among these were pilots of the RAF which took delivery of 431 Canadian built Sabres in 1952-53 to plug the gap until the Hawker Hunter came into RAF service. Sabre in Korea At the end of the Second World War, Korea was divided with the Soviet Union in the North and the USA in the South. Following a long period of increasing political tension and the failure to hold promised free elections in 1948, Communist North Korea invaded the south on 25 June 1950 and the Korean War began. In 1950, the first F86 Sabres were deployed and were able to gain and then maintain air superiority over the North. As the possibility of armistice came closer, furious jet versus jet battles took place and in June 1952, the UN recorded 77 enemy fighters destroyed, 11 probably destroyed and 41 damaged but there were no Sabre losses. National Museums Scotland is not responsible for the content of this video but it has been selected as it is relevant to the Airshow, National Museum of Flight. Sabre at the Airshow This iconic jet fighter was built in 1948 by North American Aviation, Inglewood, Los Angeles. Its role was air defence of the Los Alamos nuclear research facility. It was upgraded to Dash 7 specification with radar gun sight and a Dash – 13 engine. The Sabre was reassigned to California ANG is May 1954 and eventually moved to a vocational school until 1970. It would have ended its days in a scrapyard in California had it not been saved by Jim Larsen. It was not in good condition, and there were many parts missing a lot missing. After 10,000 hours of painstaking work, the restoration of the 48-178 was complete. It was imported into the UK in 1991 and registered as G-SABR. In 2000, it was moved to the Aircraft Restoration Company where it was thoroughly overhauled. A rolling programme of improvment has continued since then to keep this unique aircraft flying and looking as close to the original as possible. It is the only A - model Sabre flying in the world, and as a sprightly 64 year old it is the world's senior operational jet aircraft. Buying tickets Tickets can be purchased on Saturday 27 July at the Airshow from 10am. The same prices for on the day tickets apply to Members and Non-Members alike. Find out more here. Membership Become a Member Miss Demeanour © John Gibbs Airshow pages Buying tickets Stars of the Show Airshow blog posts Directions Hints and Tips Airshow Flickr group Upload your photos Flickr images Related pages Aircraft Restoration Co. F86 Sabre F86 Sabre © Andy Cutler Airshow display Please note all information is correct at the time of publishing. Flights and timings are subject to change, prevailing weather conditions and operational requirements.