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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
. 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 lbf (23 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... Read More