The North American F-86 Sabre, sometimes called the Sabrejet, is a transonic jet fighter aircraft. Produced by North American Aviation, the Sabre is best known as the United States' first swept-wing fighter that could counter the swept-wing Soviet MiG-15 in high-speed dogfights in the skies of the Korean War, fighting some of the earliest jet-to-jet battles in history. Considered one of the best and most important fighter aircraft in that war, the F-86 is rated in comparison with fighters of other eras. Although it was developed in the late 1940s and was outdated by the end of the 1950s, the Sabre proved versatile and adaptable and continued as a front-line fighter in numerous air forces until the last active operational examples were retired by the Bolivian Air Force in 1994, its success led to an extended production run of more than 7,800 aircraft between 1949 and 1956, in the United States and Italy. In addition, 738 carrier-modified versions were purchased by the US Navy as FJ-2s and -3s.
Variants were built in Canada and Australia. The Canadair Sabre added another 1,815 airframes, the redesigned CAC Sabre, had a production run of 112; the Sabre is by far the most-produced Western jet fighter, with total production of all variants at 9,860 units. North American Aviation had produced the propeller-powered P-51 Mustang in World War II, which saw combat against some of the first operational jet fighters. By late 1944, North American proposed its first jet fighter to the U. S. Navy, which became the FJ-1 Fury, it was an unexceptional transitional jet fighter that had a straight wing derived from the P-51. Initial proposals to meet a United States Army Air Forces requirement for a medium-range, single-seat, high-altitude, jet-powered day escort fighter/fighter bomber were drafted in mid-1944. In early 1945, North American Aviation submitted four designs; the USAAF selected one design over the others, granted North American a contract to build three examples of the XP-86. Deleting specific requirements from the FJ-1 Fury, coupled with other modifications, allowed the XP-86 to be lighter and faster than the Fury, with an estimated top speed of 582 mph, versus the Fury's 547 mph.
Despite the gain in speed, early studies revealed the XP-86 would have the same performance as its rivals, the XP-80 and XP-84. Because these designs were more advanced in their development stages, the XP-86 was feared to be cancelled. Crucially, the XP-86 was not able to meet the required top speed of 600 mph; the North American F-86 Sabre was the first American aircraft to take advantage of flight research data seized from the German aerodynamicists at the end of World War II. These data showed that a thin, swept wing could reduce drag and delay compressibility problems that had bedeviled fighters such as the Lockheed P-38 Lightning when approaching the speed of sound. By 1944, German engineers and designers had established the benefits of swept wings based on experimental designs dating back to 1940. Study of the data showed that a swept wing would solve their speed problem, while a slat on the wing's leading edge that extended at low speeds would enhance low-speed stability; because development of the XP-86 had reached an advanced stage, the idea of changing the sweep of the wing was met with resistance from some senior North American staff.
Despite stiff opposition, after good results were obtained in wind tunnel tests, the swept-wing concept was adopted. Performance requirements were met by incorporating a 35° swept-back wing, using modified NACA four-digit airfoils, NACA 0009.5–64 at the root and NACA 0008.5–64 at the tip, with an automatic slat design based on that of the Messerschmitt Me 262 and an electrically adjustable stabilizer, another feature of the Me 262A. Many Sabres had the "6 -- 3; this modification changed the wing airfoils to the NACA 0009-64 mod at the root and the NACA 0008.1–64 mod at the tip. The XP-86 prototype, which led to the F-86 Sabre, was rolled out on 8 August 1947; the first flight occurred on 1 October 1947 with George Welch at the controls, flying from Muroc Dry Lake, California. The United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command had F-86 Sabres in service from 1949 through 1950; the F-86s were assigned to the 22nd Bomb Wing, the 1st Fighter Wing, the 1st Fighter Interceptor Wing. The F-86 was the primary U.
S. air combat fighter during the Korean War, with significant numbers of the first three production models seeing combat. The F-86 Sabre was produced under license by Canadair, Ltd, as the Canadair Sabre; the final variant of the Canadian Sabre, the Mark 6, is rated as having the highest capabilities of any Sabre version. The F-86A set its first official world speed record of 671 miles per hour on September 15, 1948, at Muroc Dry Lake, flown by Major Richard L. Johnson, USAF. Five years on 18 May 1953, Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier, flying a "one-off" Canadian-built F-86 Sabre Mk 3, alongside Chuck Yeager. Col. K. K. Compton won the 1951 Bendix air race in an F-86A with an average speed of 553.76 mph. The F-86 was produced as both a fighter-bomber. Several variants were introduced over its production life, with improvements and different armament implemented; the XP-86 was fitted with a General Electric J35-C-3 jet engine. This engine was built by GM's
Leonardo Matias Rapadas, better known as Lenny Rapadas, is a Guamanian lawyer, who served as the attorney general of Guam from 2011 to 2015. He is the son of Danilo K. Rapadas and Cerila Matias Rapadas he has three brothers Danilo Jr. Antonio and his sisters Roberta and Ciony He was elected in 2010, replacing John Weisenberger. Rapadas was sworn in on January 2011, in Agana. Prior to serving as attorney general, he served as the United States Attorney for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands from May 2003 until June 2010. On 10 January 2016, Rapadas called for the FBI to investigate the controversial retroactive pay raises for the staff of the Guam Governor's office. Guam Bar Association Member Page Biography from the National Association of Attorneys General
The Tasty Sandwich Shop, sometimes referred to as “The Tasty”, was a restaurant that operated from 1916 to 1997 near the intersection of JFK Street and Brattle Street, at the center of Harvard Square, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was housed in the Read Block building, the site of the home of colonial poet Anne Bradstreet; the Tasty closed in 1997, after 81 years in business, was replaced by the chain stores Abercrombie & Fitch and Pacific Sunwear Citizens Bank and, the current occupant, a CVS Pharmacy. The Tasty was a tiny one-room diner and lunch counter, its customer area no more than seven feet wide and thirty feet deep, with a narrow counter made of yellow linoleum. A Harvard Business School student once deemed it “the most profitable restaurant in New England per sq ft“, at 210 sq ft; the Tasty had 14 stools. On busy nights it would be crammed with 60-80 people at a time. On these nights between 300–400 burgers were served between the hours of midnight and 4.00 AM. A large map, studded with pins, covered the back wall of the diner and claimed to pinpoint the origins of postcards from customers over the years.
In keeping with the informal atmosphere of the diner — where the cooks, including Tom Sweet, who managed The Tasty on the graveyard shift until the summer of 1976, chef Charlie Coney — were sometimes compared to bartenders and chatted with customers. By the end of its existence, The Tasty had attracted both long-time residents and, by virtue both of its proximity to Harvard Yard and its late opening hours, numerous students from Harvard University, had become one of the few places where students and residents, residents from different social and economic classes, mixed informally. According to one historian, “you could sit next to a professor on your left, a homeless person on your right.” The Tasty was referred to in the press as a “local landmark” or “institution”, was immortalized in film during a scene in Good Will Hunting. It was used in a scene during Love Story, Harvard’s Erich Segal’s story of a privileged Harvard Law School student and his plain brown wrapper girlfriend, it is the subject of a 2005 documentary, Touching History, by Federico Muchnik.
Despite a struggle by its owner Peter Haddad, the Tasty’s tenancy ended in November 1997. A sign in its window during the move-out process stated its lifespan: "81 years. 29,565 days. 5,913,000 people. 422,357 per stool." Its landlord, the Cambridge Savings Bank, took advantage of the increasing attractiveness of the Harvard Square neighborhood to chain store franchises, which enabled the bank to charge higher rents to tenants who provided greater security. Opposition to the end of the Tasty’s tenancy was voiced by a number of groups, including the Harvard Square Defense Fund. Although the Cambridge Savings Bank referred to “our community” when speaking about their effort to change the Square in such a fashion, none of the involved executives at the bank lived in Cambridge at the time. Despite having brought considerable evidence attesting to the historical value of the diner and the important social role it played in Harvard Square, the supporters of the Tasty did not prevail; the attention paid to the closing of the Tasty by the Cambridge City Council in the Winter of 1997 occasioned a rebuke from the Harvard Square Business Association, who criticized the council for becoming involved in a private, contractual matter.
For a time, an Abercrombie & Fitch store operated in the building on the site occupied by the Tasty. This store was succeeded by a branch office of Citizens Bank, the actual space in which the Tasty once operated became occupied by a row of Citizens Bank ATMs; as Muchnik remarks, “if you look at the bank in the Read Block today, you have one door too many” — the extraneous door, a second entrance to the small ATM lobby, being that of the former diner. Following a relocation of Citizens Bank to Brattle Square, a CVS Pharmacy since opened in its place; the end of the Tasty’s tenure in the Square is considered a side effect of gentrification. Harvard Crimson article on the diner’s closing, "A Fond Farewell" Crimson article: "A Night in Cambridge, a day at the Tasty". Touching History.