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F-86C / YF-93A

The next modification (after the F-86B) of the F-86 long-range escort fighter was the F-86C. According to the management requirements of USAF, the new fighter was to escort SAC (Strategic Air Command) bombers during raids on strategic targets in the Soviet Union. The aircraft had a re-designed fuselage, which became wider and much longer, to which were applied side air intakes. The increase in the fuselage allowed to increase fuel capacity and to bring the range up 3165 km. In the nose of the aircraft it was planned to place the station SCR-720 and armament, consisting of six 20 mm caliber guns. The modificaion involved the installation of a new engine Pratt & Whitley J48-P-1 thrust 2834 kgf (3628 kgf in afterburner mode), which allowed it to reach speeds of 1140 km / h. The only constant element from the F-86 was the wing.

In connection with the changes produced in the structure, the plane was given a new designation YF-93A. The first prototype flew on January 24, 1950 and fully confirmed the estimates. However, the purchase program of 118 aircraft of the F-93A variant was canceled in 1949 in light of the increased the maximum speed of the new B-47 and B-52, which eliminated, according to experts, the need for an escort. Freed while funds were used to increase the procurement of new bombers, the two prototypes YF-93A were transferred to NASA.

Year deployed -
Wing span, m 11.86
Length, m 13.43
Height, m4.77
Wings area, m2 28.43
Weight, kg - empty aircraft6366 - normal take-off9517
Engine 1 TJE Pratt & Whitney J48-P-6
Thrust, kgs
- dry 1 x 2722
- afterburner 1 x 3266
Maximum speed, km/h 1139
Cruising speed, km/h 987
Range, km3165
Rate of climb, m/min -
Service ceiling, m14265
Armament: 6 20-mm cannons or 6 12.7-mm machine-guns

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