OPERATIONAL SUITABILITY TEST OF THE F-86F AIRPLANE
ARMY BIOLOGICAL LABS FREDERICK MD
The North American F-86F is a single-place jet fighter powered by a J47-GE-27 axial-flow turbojet engine rated at 6090 lb of thrust. The aircraft has swept-back wings and empennage, hydraulic irreversible controls, an artificial control stick feel system. fuselage speed brakes, and an ANARC-27 UHF radio set. Four under-wing pylons provide fighter-bomber capabilities which are available for various combinations of fuel tanks, bombs, and napalm. The radius of action is about 250 naut mi when carrying two 200-gal external fuel tanks and two 1000-lb bombs. The techniques to be used in the employment of the F-86F as a fighter-bomber were determined to be only slightly different from those employed with the F-86E and F-84G. The F-86F was not as stable an ordnance platform as the F-84G, and smooth tracking of ground targets was difficult. Adequate loading equipment was not available for 1000-lb bombs and full E-74 fire bombs or E-26 chemical tanks. The rocket-carrying capabilities limited to 5-in. HVARs were considered inadequate.