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F86F Saber Jet
Length: 11.44 meters
Height: 4.47 meters
Wingspan: 11.91 meters
Mass: 7.9 tons
  Powers/Weapons: Flight at mach 0.89; equipped with six 12.7mm rockets
First Appearance: Godzilla (1954)
Other Appearances: Godzilla Raids Again, Rodan; The Mysterians; Varan; Atragon; Mothra vs. Godzilla; Dogora; Godzilla vs. Gigan; Godzilla vs. Megalon
Series:  Showa  


Forged by the ever growing military might of the Japanese Self-Defense Force, the F86F Saber Jet was a veteran of the all-too-frequent monster attacks of the mid 20th century, dating all the way back to the first Godzilla incident. Though a chariot of war known for only a few minor successes in battle, the Saber Jet stood as a testament to the bravery of those who piloted these craft, and was often the first and only line of aerial defense in the continuous struggle against paranormal forces. As Godzilla left a path of death and destruction in his wake in 1954, the Saber Jets managed to slightly bombard the beast with missiles before the enormous animal disappeared into the deep. One year following the creature's defeat at the hands of the massively powerful oxygen destroyer, another member of Godzilla's species suddenly appeared. Battling with the equally dangerous Anguirus in Osaka, the Saber Jets were launched yet again to halt their reign of destruction, to no avail.

Time progressed, and yet another monster of the atomic age reared its terrifying face. Rodan, an ancient species of mammoth pterodactylid, was discovered near Mt. Aso in Japan. The Saber Jets were sent in pursuit of Rodan, but no headway was made. The creature seemed unstoppable, and the vessels became the latest victims of the winged reptile, resulting in many unforeseen deaths. The craft, though consistently a failure in the face of all-out catastrophe, were summoned yet again when a race of aliens dubbed the Mysterians arrived on Earth. Desperate to rid the world of these duplicitous invaders, the Self-Defense Force launched into battle ground and air-based weaponry of numerous varieties, including the Saber Jet. Once again, its contribution to the war effort could be judged as minimal at best, though luckily, the brutal carnage of the Mysterians was finally put to a stop when the alien race was defeated and banished into the perpetual void of space. Varan, a towering triphibian monster, appeared in Japan the following year. The Saber Jets were once again called in, but were proven useless. Varan was ultimately killed, but the Saber Jets had little effect on the result of yet another major battle.

The 1960s rolled around, and the Saber Jet was still in commission. The sudden reemergence of the belligerent Mu Empire heralded the return of the aircraft, but they were quickly forced into retreat. Luckily, the aerial battleship Gotengo defeated the enemy, and peace returned to Japan. But a greater horror soon struck. In 1964, Godzilla returned in full force seething with an extreme fury. The military sent wave after wave of counteroffensive procedures to take care of the nuclear leviathan, including the Saber Jet, but they were ultimately forced to bid a hasty retreat. It was Mothra who would eventually defeat this enemy.

Finally, that very same year, the Saber Jets were responsible for a true victory over an invading monster. Dogora, a carbon-absorbing anomaly from space, appeared on Earth, threatening coalmines, diamond reserves, and potentially human lives. When it was discovered that wasp venom crystallized Dogora's body, artificial supplies were mass-produced and deployed by Spray Tanks and Saber Jets. Dogora's protoplasmic flesh came in contact with the chemical, its body gradually became stone like, and the monster's reign of horror became a distant memory.

This moment of glory for the Saber Jets was relatively brief however; for in the year 1972, the aliens from Nebula Space Hunter M utilized King Ghidorah and Gigan in their bid to conquer the world. The Saber Jets were sent into battle, but their efforts proved futile against the demonic space duo. The invading monsters were finally repelled by the combined might of Godzilla and Anguirus, once sworn enemies, now inseparable allies. In the year 1973, the Saber Jets were put to use perhaps for their final time against an invading monster, when the Seatopian behemoth Megalon made its debut. The giant roach overtook everything that stood in its way. The jets were, once again, no match... but Megalon and its ally Gigan were dealt a heavy loss at the hands of Godzilla and his robotic sidekick Jet Jaguar.

No matter what the danger, the Self-Defense Force lost brave soldiers in their bid to defeat great monsters and sinister aliens in the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's. Though a war machine known for only a few victories, those who fought these valiant battles will be remembered for their undying heroism in combat and their selfless sacrifice.