We are extremely pleased to introduce to you our rendition of the renowned F-86 Sabre!
As most F-86 enthusiasts will already know, there were many variations of this aircraft over the course of it's service career. In response to the challenges posed by the formidable MiG-15 during the Korean War, a constant stream of improvements were designed and implemented in an effort to achieve superiority.
We've decided give our full focus, talents, and effort to a single variation: the F-86F-30.
The F-86F itself was deemed the 'ultimate MiG killer' and was produced in large numbers, with some 2,540 airframes manufactured. The F-30 represented efforts to counter the high altitude turning radius of the Mig-15, with the famous '6-3' wing being introduced. A significant refinement, this modification deleted the leading edge slats and added a new solid leading edge with six inches more chord at the root near the fuselage and three inches more length at the wing tip. five inch high boundary layer "fence" rounded out the changes.
With a maximum operating ceiling of 52,000 feet, a top speed of 695 miles per hour, and the ability to finally out-maneuver it's primary foe, the F-86F-30 became the supreme day fighter of the world.
Precision & Perfection
Great care and attention has been given to all areas of this model. We've focused heavily on providing authentic flight dynamics that closely mimic the real aircraft, drawing on a wealth of pilot reports and available documentation. As well, we've also strived to closely match the systems of the F-86F30, and matched that with an extremely detailed model and exquisite high definition texturing.
While we've created an aircraft in which you can still 'jump in and fly', those willing to take the time to thoroughly study the provided manual will find a lot to benefit from, along with satisfaction of fully mastering one of the early complex fighter jets!
Our F-86F features a custom Aircraft Configuration Menu. Quite in-depth, this can be used to set detailed payload options, radio configurations and ground equipment visibility. Pilots will have to be mindful of how the aircraft is loaded, as adding or removing ordinance or fuel will have an effect on flight dynamics and handling characteristics!
18 Available Liveries
The installer includes 6 high definition liveries, including a true-to-life rendition of "The Huff", which was an F-86F-30 flown by Lt. James Thompson in the Korean War with the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing, 39th Fighter Interceptor Squadron.
In addition, we're also making available an optional livery pack (now freely downloadable!), which includes 12 additional stunning, high definition liveries crafted for the F-86 by Gunnar von Meeren.
TacPack Edition Available
We are pleased to offer a separate edition of the F-86F-30 that includes TacPack integration for all platforms currently supported by the TacPack software.
With this edition, as well as an installation of the renowned TacPack software fromVertical Reality Simulations, the armament of the F-86F-30 becomes quite powerful. Experience the weapons of the F-86, from it's guns to HVAR rockets and MK117 bombs. The TacPack edition achieves close to full systems fidelity, with the exception of the automatic release mode for the bombs.
Vertical Reality Simulations' TacPack software offers stand-alone weapons and warfare platforms for both Flight Simulator X and Prepar3d. They are payware products and are not included with your purchase from Blackbird Simulations. An appropriate, platform specific version of the TacPack software is required for the above described functionality and integration in the F-86F-30.
New! MVAMS Integration
As of June 2017, our innovative Blackbird Simulations Aircraft Management System (MVAMS) is now included with the F-86 package.
Our MVAMS utility runs outside the simulator in order to provide not only a unified location for adjusting configuration settings, but it also provides the means to incrementally update individual products to quickly address issues and make fixes when required, without having to have our customers download and reinstall new versions of the aircraft. This allows our customers to quickly discover and install any pending updates for their aircraft, ensuring that they are completely up-to-date with our latest fixes, changes, or technology.
New! Prepar3D V4 Compatibility
As of June 2017, the Blackbird Simulations F-86 has been updated for full compatibility in the new Prepar3d version 4!