The North American F-86 Sabre was the first operational Allied swept-wing transonic jet fighter of the post-war era. It was flown with distinction by the USAF in the Korean War where it was pitted against the Soviet MiG-15. The centrepiece of this Haynes Manual is Golden Apple Operations' F-86A, 48-178 - the sole-surviving airworthy example of the first production 'A' model, as well as being the world's oldest flying jet-powered aircraft.
Former RAF fighter pilot Mark Linney, now an airline pilot, is currently a captain on the Airbus A340-300/600. He is also an air display pilot and has flown the Chipmunk, Hunter, Strikemaster, L-39, T-33, MiG-15 and F-86A Sabre. He lives in Cambridge.