Sabre Jet, set in Japan during the Korean War, tells a story of Colonel Gil Manton (Robert Stack) and his estranged wife Jane Carter (Coleen Gray), a reporter for a large newspaper. Carter shows up at the base in Japan in order to write a story about the lives of pilot's and their wives much to Manton's dismay. Everyday, Colonel Gil Manton and General Bob Hale (Richard Arlen) lead a squadron of F-86 Sabre Jets and F-80 Shooting Stars on combat missions while their wives gather anxiously at the airfield to see if they make it home. Carter, obsessed with being the best and notorious for doing whatever it takes to advance in her career, begins interviewing the pilot's wives with the same ruthlessness and persistence that had broken up her marriage. But as the story progresses Jane Carter begins to reassess the importance of her career, her past marriage and her husband's military service.