The only known photo of the
|On the 18/5/1945 the USAAF issued
a contract to North American for three prototypes of a new jet fighter with
the designation XP-86, the requirements called for a day fighter and fighter/bomber
with a top speed of over 600 mph. The project (NA-140) used many parts from
the XFJ-1 "Fury"
(NA-134), however it differed in some major
ways from the "Fury" the by having a more refined fuselage shape
with a oval intake for the engine, thinner wings fitted with air brakes
taken from the A-36 version of the Mustang. On the 20/6/1945 the mock-up
was unveiled and quickly approved by the USAAF.
The Air Brake from the North American A-36 "Apache"