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Flying with Wing Slats
Here's some information on F-86 wing slats as I remember it (boy that was many years ago). The F-86A and E also had wing slats and one of them (I don't remember which) had a switch which would lock them in the retracted position. The F-86F had a "hard wing". The T-39 Sabreliner also had slats. I have about 80 hours of A&E time, over 600 in the "D" and nearly 700 in the T-39. I never ever had a problem with the slats but I know of several instances of slats sticking in the closed position. Usually, it was not a problem. The slats were designed to extend when the airspeed dropped below (I believe) 180-200 knots to give the wing more lift at slow speeds. They did not make any noise that you could hear in the cockpit. They were not adjustable. Yes, they would extend under high G loads and that was one reason for being able to lock them in the retracted position because in a combat situation pulling high G's, if one retracted and the other extended, it potentially could cause a snap roll. That was another reason for going to the hard wing on the F model. Landing speed was a little higher with no slats. Turns had little effect on the slats as long as it was a coordinated turn and the airspeed was above the 180-200 figure. Of course, pushing the slats fully closed and back out (gently) was a part of the preflight "walk around" inspection.