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North American RF-86F “Haymaker” Sabre

By Htam

Pacific Coast Air Museum,  North American RF-86F Sabre,

@ Santa Rosa, CA

December 2019

This Sabre is part of the fine collection at the Pacific Coast Air Museum.  The F model had many improvements including flat armored windscreen, increased drop tank capacity, a new gunsight, revised flight control systems, increased wing area, provision for nuclear ordnance, and improved fighter-bomber capabilities.  First modified for reconnaissance during the Korean War, the RF-86F filled an important gap until more capable reconnaissance aircraft became available.  After the Korean War, a handful of F-86Fs received more capable cameras under Project Haymaker. In order to fit the film magazines for the vertically mounted cameras, the aircraft acquired distinctive bulges on both sides of the forward fuselage. The armament was removed to allow for the cameras, and the RF-86F “Haymakers” retained the gun ports to appear as if they were armed.  Fuji X-E2s w/18-135mm.

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