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Australian Aviation Historian Competing with the Grumman Panther and various Hawker proposals in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Sabre and Hawker Hunter became the final alternatives.

In 1951 the Sabre was selected, for production by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) in modified form, replacing the GE J47 engine with the more powerful Rolls Royce Avon, also built by CAC. The new engine was shorter, but wider, and kate spade shoulder bag sale needed a wider intake for more air, and the resulting changes influenced 60% of the airframe. The standard six 0.5 inch machine guns were also replaced, by two 30 mm Aden cannon. The CA 26 Avon Sabre first flew in August 1953, and deliveries under the CA 27 designation followed from August 1954. Three versions were produced. The first were the Mk.30, with US type slatted wings; these were followed by the Mk.31, with fixed and extended wing leading edges. The bulk of aircraft were Mk.32's, built from September 1956, with better performance and load carrying ability. Early marks were upgraded to this standard. From this point the Sabres could carry Sidewinder AAMs. In all 112 CAC Sabres were delivered. RAAF Sabres served with 3, 75, 76, 77 and 79 Sqns. and Operational Conversion Units in Malaysia and Thailand. They began to be replaced by Mirage IIIs from 1965, finally retiring in 1971. It is generally conceded to have been the best of the numerous variants of the Sabre. Since early 1950, Australia had been making plans to acquire jet fighters. The initial choice had been the British designed Hawker P.1081, to be built under license in Australia. Written by Peter Malone Gary Byk, this highly detailed book covers all RAAF Sabres. Numerous photos, including close up detail. Specially commissioned artwork, full details of kits, decals, accessories and how to convert F 86 Sabre kits! This book is the third release in the popular Red Roo profile series on the famous Australian a/c. Special attention has been paid kate spade christmas sale to all aspects of the Avon Sabre in RAAF Service. An extensive fleet list is included in the book. Many photos, never before published, from private collections are used throughout the book. This book is nearing completion and Gary is hoping to release it in the first half of 2000. This book IS worth waiting for and will blow the modeling world away. $TBA "A small number of Sabres, 112 in all, were built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) kate spade cost in Australia. The first of these Australian Sabres was the CA 26, which was built mostly from US components and flew in August 1953. Only one CA 26 was built; it was followed by a batch of kate spade discount site 21 CA 27 Sabre Mark 30s, with the first of them becoming operational in 1956. The CA 27 Sabre Mark 31 incorporated a stretched wing and additional fuel capacity; 21 were built Keith Meggs comments: From production aircraft No.23 the slats were deleted to make a fixed leading edge, and to become the Mark 31. It was not a 'stretched wing' which implys extended span F 86 Sabre (CAC Avon Sabre) Wings Explained The definitive Australian Sabre was the CA 27 Sabre Mark 32, which had the Australian built Avon Mk. 26 and four stores pylons; 69 were built, with most of these being modified in 1960 to accept the Sidewinder air to air missile"Avon Sabre A97 974 (the Australian built variant of North American F 86 Sabre) was built by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, Fishermen's Bend, Victoria, and delivered to the RAAF on 27th August 1957. The aircraft was allocated to 78 Wing stationed at RAAF Base, Williamtown, NSW, in Dec 1957 as a replacement aircraft for A94 940. In Dec 1958 the Sabre was flown to RAAF Base Butterworth, Malaysia, as part of Operation Sabre Ferry. Asia and returned to Australia in Jan 1968. After undergoing a total overhaul and rewiring program, A94 974 was placed in service with No 5 Operational Conversion Unit as a lead in aircraft for the Mirage III fighter. One year later the Sabre was allocated to the RAAF Base, Wagga Wagga, and underwent conversion to "training aid" status. In Feb 1978 A94 974 was re allocated to No 12 Sqn, RAAF Amberley, Qld, for use as an external load training aid for their Chinook helicopters until struck off RAAF charge on 1st Aug 1984. A94 974 was purchased by Bob Jarrett through public tender in March 1985 and transported to South Australia for restoration and repainting in No 3 Sqn colours as used in Malaysia. For three years prior to the opening of Classic Jets Fighter Museum, Avon Sabre A94 974 was utilised by the TAFE Aviation College at Parafield as a training airframe for its students. The follow on possibilities included the Grumman Panther and the Hawker P.1081, a project which never went past the prototype. The advent of the Korean War brought the acquisition of the Gloster Meteor F.8 as an interim type. RAAF pilots in Korea soon learned that the Meteor was completely outclassed by the MiG 15, and began a campaign to acquire the North American F 86 Sabre. The Australian government signed an agreement with North American on February 22, 1951 for license production of the Sabre. For economic reasons, the RAAF had to insure that its equipment would remain effective well into the 1960s. This meant that the RAAF Sabre needed more modern armament than the World War II era six.50 caliber machine guns, and an uprated powerplant for improved performance. J 47 to 7,500 lbs of thrust with the Avon. The change in powerplant required a redesign of the Sabre's fuselage to cater to the increased airflow requirement of the Avon, and to the fact that the engine was 500 lbs lighter than the J 47, requiring that it be re positioned further aft. The intake was deepened 3.5 inches, and the fuselage "break" was re positioned. The redesign involved changing 60 percent of the original fuselage structure. The end result was the most formidable Sabre of all. The prototype flew August 3, 1953, with the first production Sabre delivered July 13, 1954. The Sabre attained IOC with the RAF on March 1, 1956, when the Mk.30 fully equipped 3 Squadron. The Mk.30 used the slatted wing. The following Mk.31 changed to the 6 3 "hard" wing of the F 86F, with the earlier aircraft being updated. The Mk.32 introduced the Sidewinder missile for increased armament. The Australian Sabre entered combat in operations against the terrorists in Malaya in 1958. Sabres were also sent to Thailand in 1962, remaining there until 1968 as airfield defense during the buildup of operations around the Vietnam war. It's safe to say that the North American F 86 Sabre was the outstanding air superiority fighter of its generation.

The first western aircraft to benefit from German wartime aerodynamic research into swept wings, the prototype Sabre flown by North American test pilot George Welch unofficially beat Chuck Yeager and the X 1 through the sound barrier on one of its very first flights, making the F 86 the first combat airplane capable of supersonic flight, albeit in a dive. Had it not been for the existence of the F 86, the outcome of the Korean War might well have been very different. The airplane served many different air forces; as recently as the late 1970s over 400 were still in first line service with several of the world's air forces, such as Japan, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, and South Africa, and it did not leave these inventories until the 1980s, close to 40 years after the flight of the first prototype a remarkable record.


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