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The F-86 Sabre jet first entered service with the USAF in 1949, joining the 1st Fighter Wing's 94th Fighter Squadron and became the primary air-to-air jet fighter used by the Americans in the Korean War. Until the introduction of the F-86 Sabre, the new swept-wing Soviet MiG-15 had been outperforming all UN-based aircraft with devastating effect. In response, three squadrons of F-86s were rushed to the Far East. Early variants of the F-86 could not out turn, but they could out dive the MiG-15, although the MiG-15 was superior to the early F-86 models in ceiling, acceleration, rate of climb and zoom.
In 1951, the Australian Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) secured a licence agreement to build their own F-86 Sabre swapping the US built General Electric J47 for the more powerful Rolls-Royce Avon RA7 engine - known as the Avon Sabre.
Installed in the USAF F-86 Sabre and the Australian CAC AVON F-86 Sabre, the Attitude Indicator Type J-8 MIL-I-5133A was mounted above the aircraft's rate of Climb Indicator and to the right of the Sabre's Gyro Heading compass Indicator.
The small knob in the left corner adjusts the center horizon line to the pilot's perspective.The right hand knob, when pulled, cages the gyro and returns the horizon to center line. Both knobs are fully operational although the unit requires a 12v charge to orientate the Climb/Dive ‘ball’ correctly.
** The model depicted above is the 1/48 large scale Australian Avon F-86 Sabre but purchasers can opt for one of either 3 different USAF configurations and colour schemes or 2 versions of the Avon Sabre - all with options of wheels up or down, airbrakes open or closed and cockpit open or closed.
This F-86 Sabre Instrument comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
* Note that this F-86 Sabre Instrument is pictured with a 1/48 scale model rather than the standard detailed, but smaller 1/72 scale. Click on the ‘Model Upgrade' option at the top of this page for the larger 1/48 scale.
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Your F-86 Sabre Attitude Horizon Indicator, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird instrument
- Highly detailed hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft.*
- Hand-crafted and beautifully finished 100yr, Far North Queensland Mango Wood display stand
- Detailed, 2-sided, printed and laminated Instrument Fact Sheet detailing aircraft and instrument
- Removable Magnetic Display Arm
The 1/72 scale hand-built and airbrushed plastic model is available with 'wheels & flaps up or down' and 'canopy open or closed' options with a choice of three USAF Squadron markings and camouflage or two variations of the Australian Avon Sabre markings.
* Upgrade to the more highly detailed 1/48 scale for just $35
Upon order placement you will receive an email asking for your preferred configuration.
Your complete Recovery Curios Original Instrument Collectable is securely packed and delivery normally takes between 3 - 4 weeks approx.
Did you fly, crew or maintain a F-86 Sabre or have a friend, colleague or family member who did? Check out our PERSONALISED ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT COLLECTABLE OPTION here.