North American Saberliner
General Information on the Saberliner
The North American Sabreliner is an American mid-sized buiness jet. It was offered to the United States Air Force to its Utility Trainer Experimental (UTX) program. It was named “Sabreliner” due to the similarity of the wing and tail to North American’s F-86 Saber fighter. Military variants, designated T-39 Sabreliner, were used by the Air Force, Navy, and Marines after the Air Force initially placed orders in 1959.
The Sabreliner was also developed into a commercial variant.
Operation History of the Saberliner
Over 800 Sabreliners were produced, of which 200 were T-39s. A number of retired military T-39s have also entered the civilian world, since the military versions also carry FAA type certification. As of May 2007, 56 examples have been lost in accidents.The Series 65 was the last series run and 76 of them were produced, mostly for the private market, Monsanto has the oldest continuously operating company corporate jet division starting with its purchase of a Saberliner 40. T-39s were used in support of combat operations in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. T-39s replaced the Martin B-57 Canberraon flights to transport high-priority cargo, such as exposed film from n flights to transport high-priority cargo, such as exposed film from photo-reconnaissance missions, from outlying bases to Saigon.
The original Navy version, the T3J-1, redesignated T-39D after the 1962 redesignation of USN/USMC/USCG aircraft, was initially fitted with the[radar system from theMcDonnell F3H-1 Demon all-weather fighter and used as a radar trainer for pilots of that aircraft. The T-39D aircraft was subsequently introduced into the Basic Naval Aviation Observer (NAO), later Student Naval Flight Officer (SNFO) program.
The Sabreliner requires a minimum crew of two, and depending on cabin configuration, can carry up to seven passenger or ten passengers.
Being derived from the F-86, the Sabreliner is the only business jet authorized for aerobatics. and is used by two California companies.
Sabreliner 60: Stretched Model 40 for 12 passengers with two Pratt & Whitney JT12A-8 engines, five cabin windows each side, 130 built.
Sabreliner 65: Based on the Series 60 with Garrett AiResearch TFE731-3R-1D engines and new Mark V[super-critical wing, 76 built.
Sabreliner 80: Powered by two General Electric CF700 turbofan engines, 66 built.
T-39A: T-39A modified as a cargo and personnel transport, powered by Pratt & Whitney J60-P3/-3A engines.
CT-39E: United States Navy cargo/transport version, with JT12A-8 engines, originally designated VT-39E, seven second-hand aircraft.
Operators of the Saberliners
Both Argentine Army & Air Force
Bolivian Air Force for Presidential Transport
Ecuadorian Air Force
Mexican Air Force & Navy
United States Air Force, Marines, Navy
Federal Aviation Administration
National Test Pilot School
Patriot Jet Team
Specifications of the Saberliner
Crew: 2 - 4
Capacity: 5- 7 passengers
Wingspan: 44Ft 6Inch
Empty Weight: 9,257 lbs
Max Weight: 17,760 lb
Max Speed: 478 knots
Cruising Speed: 435 knot
Range: 2,170 nm
Service Ceiling: 40,000+ ft