Canadair Sabre

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The Canadair Sabre was a jet fighter built by Canadair under licence from California-based North American Aviation Inc. primarily for use by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). It was produced until 1958, and used by the RCAF until replaced with the Canadair CF-104 in 1962. Several other air forces would adopt the aircraft. The resulting variant was considered one of the finest "dogfighters" of its day.

Design and development

In 1948, the Canadian government decided to re-equip the RCAF with the F-86 Sabre and Canadair was contracted to produce them in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. An initial batch of 10 aircraft was ordered for tool verification. The Korean War changed this to a production batch of 100 aircraft. Canadair slowly built up its production facility to make all components with related equipment obtained from other Canadian suppliers. Canadair gave the Sabre the project number CL-13.

Canadair produced six versions of the CL-13 Sabre. The sole Sabre Mk.1 was essentially the same as the North American Sabre F-86A. It had a General Electric J47-GE-13 turbojet of 5,200&nbsp;lbf (23&nbsp;kN) thrust. The Sabre Mk.2 had the same engine, although after the first 20 aircraft were produced, the remainder of the production run was distinguished in having power-assisted...
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