A detailed report on the new capabilities provided by the F-86D from the April 22, 1955 issue of The Aeroplane
The F-86 Sabre proved itself during the Korean War and the D-model added more capabilities as a rocket-armed, single-seat radar-equipped all-weather fighter. Squadrons of this capable jet fighter were being stationed in Europe to counter the Warsaw Pact threat.
All-weather Sabres in Europe
IF, as was asserted by the Government during the recent debate on the Air Estimates, Great Britain has indeed the most effective night defence organization in the World, a large measure of credit for this must go to the North American F-86D Sabres of the U.S.A.F. stationed in this country. The F-86D, or “Dog" as it is familiarly known to its pilots, represents an entirely new concept of a rocket-armed, single-seat radar-equipped all-weather fighter, which the U.S.A.F. has established in preference to the two-seat night-fighter with conventional armament dating from the War years.