Mitsubishi F-86F Sabre

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F-86 Sabre
An F-86F Sabre in The Mysterians
Height 11.91 meters[citation needed]
Length 11.44 meters[citation needed]
Targets Godzilla, Anguirus, Rodan, La Carcagne, Moguera, Varan, Dogora, Mu Empire, Gigan, Megalon
Piloted by Multiple
Latest appearance Godzilla vs. Megalon
First appearance Godzilla (1954)

The F-86 Sabre, also known as the Sabrejet, is a transonic jet fighter aircraft originally produced by North American Aviation. In Japan, the F-86 was licensed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, who produced it for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force in the 1950's. Due to its popularity and frequent use by the JASDF, the F-86 Sabre was featured in numerous kaiju films produced by Toho in the Showa series, making its debut in the 1954 film Godzilla. Most Sabrejets that have appeared in kaiju films are of the 'F' model, referred to by the JASDF as the Rising Sunbeam (旭光,   Kyokkō).

History

Godzilla (1954)

An F-86 Sabre in Godzilla (1954)

After laying waste to Tokyo, Godzilla waded back into Tokyo Bay, where several F-86F Sabres were mobilized to fight him, much to the cheers of a group of survivors who had made it to the docks. The jets unloaded their missiles on the giant monster. Irritated by the sudden attack, Godzilla tried swatting the missiles and the aircraft that fired them out of the sky, but the aircraft were too fast for him to hit. Eventually, he had enough of this attempt at stopping him, and disappeared below the waves. With no means to continue the fight against Godzilla, the Sabres returned to base.

Godzilla Raids Again

F-86F Sabres were deployed to combat Godzilla when he and Anguirus were drawn to Osaka by a huge fire at a refinery. The jets' payload was ineffective in halting Godzilla, who destroyed several of them with his atomic breath before resuming his battle with Anguirus. After Godzilla defeated Anguirus and returned to the ocean, more F-86Fs and a fleet of Lockheed T-33A Shooting Stars were deployed to attack Godzilla when he was discovered on an ice-covered island north of Hokkaido. The jets were successful in burying Godzilla up to his neck in an avalanche, and Shoichi Tsukioka then buried Godzilla completely with a missile from his own plane.

Rodan

A fleet of F-86F Sabres were sent to attack Rodan. After the Sabrejets struck the side of his home in Mount Aso with their missiles, Rodan was provoked into flying away, and the jets gave chase. While shooting at Rodan with their missiles, some of the jets were brought down by the strong turbulence given off by Rodan's wings. After being hit by a missile from one of the planes, Rodan dove into the water near Saikai Bridge, then rose back out of the water to circle back towards it. Flying over the bridge, Rodan tore it down with gusts from his wings as he flew past, then flew out of range of the remaining Sabrejets.

The Giant Claw

In this American giant monster film, F-86D Sabres of the USAF engage La Carcagne in battle, but are destroyed by the colossal bird.

The Mysterians

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Varan

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Atragon

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Mothra vs. Godzilla

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Dogora

F-86Fs of the JASDF repeatedly engaged Dogora in aerial battles during the mutant organism's attack on Earth, most notably in the battle over Fukuoka and during the climactic battle which saw the monster die from exposure to concentrated bee venom.

Godzilla vs. Gigan

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Godzilla vs. Megalon

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Video Games

Weapons

  • Flight at Mach 0.89 (677.4 Miles per Hour)
  • Equipped with six 12.7mm rockets

Filmography

Gallery

Godzilla (1954)

Godzilla Raids Again

Varan

Dogora

Trivia

  • The F-86 Sabre is one of the most used military aircraft in Toho's kaiju films, appearing in a total of 10 films.

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