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A note on the Canadair Sabre 4

 

The Canadair Sabre 4 was a minor refinement on the Sabre 2, which was basically a licenced copy of the F-86E.  It was originally intended to be built in small numbers for the RCAF, but a number of world events conspired to change this.  For the detailed story of how this stop-gap program would eventually see 428 aircraft built the reader is referred to pages 254 and on of Larry Milberry’s excellent book on the Canadair Sabre.  I will try to present an abbreviated version here.

 

In the early 1950s the Western allies received a rude shock when the capabilities of the MiG-15 were made apparent over Korea.  The F-86F was barely able to hold its own, the F-86E (and by implication the Sabre 2) was at a minor disadvantage, while earlier straight wing jets were totally outclassed.  At the same time delays in the introduction of the improved Orenda powered Sabre 5 and 6 for the RCAF and similar delays with the first RAF swept wing fighters (the Hunter and the Swift) were occurring.  When these events combined with the increased Cold War tensions brought on by Korea, and the availability of US funding for NATO air forces, Canadair was able to use its spare shop capacity in 1952 and 1953 to build the Sabre 4 in much larger numbers than first planned.  All were US funded and most went directly to the RAF, where they served briefly in the UK and Germany until the Hunter and Swift became available.  Most of the survivors then returned to the USAF, for distribution on to other allies.  Around 70 were loaned briefly to the RCAF when they were first built, where at least some operated with both an RAF serial and an RCAF serial marked.  The exact number used by the RCAF is not clear, but Milberry and Griffin report 71 actually on the RCAF books – there may have been other loans not as well documented.

 

The RAF serials were allocated and reallocated in small batches over the course of the program, as US funding was incrementally made available.  I have tried to report the actual serial marked on the aircraft in use with the RAF, based on Milberry’s book, but other sources sometimes report different matches between RAF and RCAF serials.  When most survivors returned to USAF control in 1956 and 1957 they received the originally allocated RCAF serial numbers for book keeping purposes, although it is not clear if this was always marked on the aircraft.  Those passed to the Italian Air Force would carry the RCAF serial with the prefix “MM” (Matricula Militare).

 

 

Designer

Manufacturer

basic designation

variant or model

name

 

company designation

company number

 

 

 

19451

North American

Canadair

Sabre

2

 

 

CL-13

351

 

 

 

 

first date: 22 October 1952 - Taken on strength

 

First flight on 14 October 1952.  Served at RCAF Station St. Hubert, PQ with No. 3 (F) Wing.  With No. 427 (F) Squadron at St. Hubert, PQ and / or Zweibrücken, Germany, coded "BB*451".  Ferried to Baden-Solleingen, Germany in Operation Leapfrog 4, March/April 1953.  Delivered to Turkey on 26 January 1955.

 

last date: 29 October 1954 - Free issue to Turkish Air Force

19452

North American

Canadair

Sabre

2

 

 

CL-13

352

 

 

 

 

first date: 13 November 1952 - Taken on strength

 

First flight on 16 October 1952.  Last Sabre 2.  Served at Chatham, NB and with Air Division in Europe.  With Elliniki Floga (Hellenic Flame) demonstration team in1963.

 

last date: 20 July 1955 - Free issue to Royal Hellenic Air Force

19453

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

353

 

 

 

 

first date: 11 March 1952 - Taken on strength

 

First Sabre 4.  Originally ordered for the RCAF, but diverted to the RAF before being completed.  Loaned back to the RCAF temporarily.  First flight on 28 August 1952.  With No. 413 (F) Squadron, no dates.  With No. 414 (F) Squadron in 1952, at RCAF Stations Bagotville, PQ and Baden-Solleingen, Germany.  Later delivered to the RAF, their serial XB809.  Taken on strength by RAF on 14 March 1954.  To USAF on 25 October 1956 as a F-86E(M), for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off from RCAF

19454

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

354

 

 

 

 

first date: 16 December 1952 - Taken on strength

 

Originally ordered for the RCAF, but diverted to the RAF before being completed.  Loaned back to the RCAF temporarily.  First flight on 10 October 1952.  With No. 414 (F) Squadron when it lost both elevators in flight on 15 May 1953.  Landed without further damage.  Later delivered to the RAF, their serial XB816.  Taken on strength by RAF on 22 December 1953.  Operated by No. 93 Squadron, RAF at Jiver.  To USAF on 26 February 1957 as a F-86E(M), for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off from RCAF

19455

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

355

 

 

 

 

first date: 16 December 1952 - Taken on strength

 

Originally ordered for the RCAF, but diverted to the RAF before being completed.  Loaned back to the RCAF temporarily.  First flight on 20 October 1952.  With No. 414 (F) Squadron, RCAF.  To RAF on 1 March 1954, their serial XB835.  With No. 229 Operational Conversion Unit at Chivenor, coded "V".  To USAF on 18 July 1956 as a F-86E(M), for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off from RCAF

19456

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

356

 

 

 

 

first date: 14 November 1952 - Taken on strength

 

Originally ordered for the RCAF, but diverted to the RAF before being completed.  Loaned back to the RCAF temporarily.  First flight on 24 October 1952.  Crashed during CNE air show on 19 September 1953, killing S/L W.R. Greene.  On the books of Central Experimental and Proving Establishment when lost.  Never with the RAF, no serial recorded.

 

last date: 16 October 1953 - Struck off from RCAF

19457

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

357

 

 

 

 

first date: 13 November 1952 - Taken on strength

 

Originally ordered for the RCAF, but diverted to the RAF before being completed.  Loaned back to the RCAF temporarily.  First flight on 22 October 1952.  With No. 413 and 414 (F) Squadrons.  To RAF on 26 April 1954, their serial XB689.  To USAF on 13 August 1957 as a F-86E(M), for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Yugoslavia, where it was marked "06-651".

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off from RCAF

19458

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

358

 

 

 

 

first date: 13 November 1952 - Taken on strength

 

Originally ordered for the RCAF, but diverted to the RAF before being completed.  Loaned back to the RCAF temporarily.  First flight on 30 October 1952.  With No. 414 (F) Squadron.  To RAF on 22 December 1953, their serial XB755.  With No. 20 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany, and 92 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse.  To USAF on 14 January 1957 as a F-86E(M), for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off from RCAF

19459

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

359

 

 

 

 

first date: 13 November 1952 - Taken on strength

 

Originally ordered for the RCAF, but diverted to the RAF before being completed.  Loaned back to the RCAF temporarily.  First flight on 5 November 1952.  With No. 414 (F) Squadron.  To RAF on 16 June 1954, their serial XB761.  To USAF as a F-86E(M), for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Yugoslavia, where it was written off in a crash.  Landed gear up by a USAF instructor at Belgrade on 8 August 1956.

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off from RCAF

19460

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

360

 

 

 

 

first date: 13 November 1952 - Taken on strength

 

Originally ordered for the RCAF, but diverted to the RAF before being completed.  Loaned back to the RCAF temporarily.  First flight on 25 November 1952.  With No. 414 and 444 (F) Squadrons.  To RAF on 29 June 1954, their serial XB769.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 12 September 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force, marked "4-4".  Destroyed by engine fire on start up on 31 August 1957.

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off from RCAF

19461

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

361

 

 

 

 

first date: 16 December 1952 - Taken on strength

 

Originally ordered for the RCAF, but diverted to the RAF before being completed.  Loaned back to the RCAF temporarily.  First flight on 25 November 1952.  With No. 413 and 414 (F) Squadrons.  To RAF on 22 February 1954, their serial XB806.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 12 September 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Yugoslavia, where it was marked "06-11" and "11-045".

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off from RCAF

19462

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

362

 

 

 

 

first date: 16 December 1952 - Taken on strength

 

Originally ordered for the RCAF, but diverted to the RAF before being completed.  Loaned back to the RCAF temporarily.  First flight on 10 December 1952.  With No. 414 (F) Squadron at RCAF Station Bagotville, PQ when it was damaged in a forced landing in January 1953.  Not repaired.  RAF serial XB531 reserved, but this aircraft was never operated by the RAF.

 

last date: 3 January 1953 - Struck off from RCAF

19463

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

363

 

 

 

 

first date: 13 November 1952 - Taken on strength

 

Originally ordered for the RCAF, but diverted to the RAF before being completed.  Loaned back to the RCAF temporarily.  First flight on 2 November 1952.  With No. 414 (F) Squadron at RCAF Station Bagotville, PQ when it was in a Category A crash.  F/O Heiliger ejected due to fuel starvation on 5 March 1953.  RAF serial XB532 reserved, but this aircraft was never operated by the RAF.

 

last date: 24 March 1953 - Struck off from RCAF

19464

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

364

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB533.  First flight on 2 November 1952.  Taken on strength by the RAF on 16 March 1953.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 25 September 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force, where it was marked "4-12".

19465

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

365

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB534.  First flight on 1 November 1952.  Crashed near Prestwick on 19 December 1952, on ferry flight to UK.  Being operated by No. 1 Long Range Ferry Unit at that time.

19466

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

366

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB535.  First flight on 30 October 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 22 December 1952.  With No. 3 Squadron, No. 26 Squadron (coded "L") at Oldenburg, Germany, and No. 234 Squadron, RAF.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 14 January 1957, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.

19467

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

367

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB536.  First flight on 4 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 16 March 1953.  Operated by No. 3 Squadron, and No. 234 Squadron (coded "N").  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 21 August 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.

19468

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

368

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB537.  First flight on 8 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 22 December 1952.  Operated by Ferry Training Unit in 1952, coded "E".  Also with No. 3 Squadron, coded "E".  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 6 July 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Yugoslavia.

19469

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

369

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB538.  First flight on 4 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 22 December 1952.  Operated by Ferry Training Unit in 1952, coded "F".  Also with No. 3 Squadron, coded "F", and No. 67 Squadron, coded "Z".  Struck off on 19 December 1958.

19470

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

370

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB539.  First flight on 1 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 10 November 1952.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 14 September 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.  Crashed on landing on 25 October 1956.

19471

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

371

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB540.  First flight on 13 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 30 September 1953.  Operated by No. 33 Maintenance Unit, coded "A", and by the Fighter Weapons School at Leconfield.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 9 February 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.

19472

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

372

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB541.  First flight on 13 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 12 March 1953.  Operated by No. 3 Squadron.  Struck off on 18 December 1958.

19473

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

373

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB542.  First flight on 28 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 16 March 1953.  Operated by No. 66 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, coded "Z", and by the Sabre Conversion Flight at Wildenrath, Germany.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 7 June 1957, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  Reported delivered to Turkey on 4 September 1957, not confirmed.

19474

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

374

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB543.  First flight on 12 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 22 December 1952.  Operated by No. 3 Squadron (coded "G"), 26 Squadron (coded "Z") at Oldenburg, Germany, the Ferry Training Unit, and No. 1 Overseas Ferry Unit.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 7 July 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.  Crashed on 15 June 1959 in Italian service.

19475

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

375

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB544.  First flight on 8 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 22 December 1952.  Operated by No. 3 Squadron, the Ferry Training Unit, and No. 1 Overseas Ferry Unit.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 5 June 1957, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Yugoslavia.

19476

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

376

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB545.  First flight on 14 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 22 December 1952.  Operated by Ferry Training Unit in 1952.  Later with No. 3 Squadron, coded "J", and with No. 1 Overseas Ferry Unit.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 11 December 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.  Crashed on 21 February 1958 near Gatlinara, following a mid-air with Sabre 19877.

19477

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

377

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB546.  First flight on 17 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 16 March 1953.  Operated by No. 33 Maintenance Unit, coded "B", the Ferry Training Unit, and by the Fighter Weapons School at Leconfield.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 11 July 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.

19478

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

378

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB547.  First flight on 5 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 22 December 1956.  Operated by No. 3 Squadron, coded "K", No. 20 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany, coded "F", and by the Ferry Training Unit.  Struck off charge on 18 December 1958.

19479

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

379

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB548.  First flight on 14 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 22 December 1952.  Operated by No. 93 Squadron at Jiver, and the Ferry Training Unit.  Crashed on the gunnery range at Meppen on 3 August 1955, probably with 93 Squadron at that time.

19480

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

380

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB549.  First flight on 25 November 1952.  Operated No. 147 Squadron.  Damaged beyond repair on 10 March 1953.

19481

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

381

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB550.  First flight on 3 December 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 16 March 1953.  Operated by No. 3 Squadron, No. 67 Squadron, and No. 71 Squadron where it was coded "D".  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 30 June 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force, where it was marked "4-76".  Crashed while in Italian service.  Dove into the sea off Netuno on 6 November 1958, pilot killed.

19482

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

382

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB575.  First flight on 18 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 4 May 1953.  Operated by No. 20 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany (coded "Q"), and No. 234 Squadron (coded "N").  Struck off on 28 December 1958.

19483

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

383

 

 

 

 

Reported with No. 421 (F) Squadron at RCAF Stations St. Hubert, PQ, or Grostenquin, France, not confirmed.  RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB576.  First flight on 18 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 4 May 1953.  Operated by No.93 Squadron at Jiver, and No. 112 Squadron at Bruggen, Germany.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 6 February 1957, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.  Crashed in Italian service.

19484

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

384

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB577.  First flight on 25 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 4 May 1953.  Operated by No. 26 Squadron, coded "V" at Oldenburg, Germany.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 10 April 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force, where it was marked "4-09".  Exploded in flight near Anzio on 11 October 1958, killing the pilot.

19485

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

385

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB578.  First flight on 25 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 7 April 1953.  Operated by No. 234 Squadron, coded "C".  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 12 September 1957, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.

19486

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

386

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB579.  First flight on 25 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 16 March 1953.  Struck off on 19 December 1958.

19487

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

387

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB580.  First flight on 28 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 16 March 1953.  Operated by No. 26 Squadron (coded "D") at Oldenburg, Germany, and No. 67 Squadron (coded "X").  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 28 September 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.

19488

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

388

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB581.  First flight on 25 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 16 March 1953.  Operated by No. 3 Squadron, coded "T".  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 21 February 1957, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force, marked "4-48".

19489

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

389

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  First flight on 22 November 1952.  RAF serial XB582.  Taken on strength by RAF on 4 May 1953.  Operated by No. 3 Squadron (coded "R") and No. 234 Squadron.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 8 November 1957, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Yugoslavia, marked "06-045", "06-075" and "11-047".

19490

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

390

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB583.  First flight on 30 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 16 March 1953.  Operated by No. 93 Squadron at Jiver, and the Ferry Training Unit.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 9 October 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.

19491

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

391

 

 

 

 

first date: 15 April 1953 - Taken on strength by RCAF

 

Originally ordered for the RCAF, but diverted to the RAF before being completed.  Loaned back to the RCAF temporarily.  First flight on 10 December 1952.  Operated by No. 414 (F) Squadron.  To RAF on 12 July 1953, their serial XB584.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 9 November 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off by RCAF

19492

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

392

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB585.  First flight on 26 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 16 March 1953.  Operated by No. 3 Squadron, coded "F", and by the Ferry Training Unit.  Struck off on 18 December 1958.

19493

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

393

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB586.  First flight on 1 December 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 16 March 1953.  Operated by No. 67 Squadron, coded "X" and "Y".  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 18 March 1957, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.

19494

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

394

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB587.  First flight on 16 December 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 16 March 1953.  Operated by No. 67 Squadron, coded "L", and the Sabre Conversion Unit.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 28 June 1957, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Yugoslavia, marked "06-042" and "11-048".  Also reported with Italian AF?

19495

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

395

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB588.  First flight on 4 December 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 3 June 1953.  Struck off on 18 December 1958.

19496

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

396

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB589.  First flight on 16 December 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 13 March 1953.  Operated by No. 3 Squadron, 20 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany (coded "P"), 234 Squadron (coded "D" and "T"), and the Ferry Training Unit.   Struck off by RAF on 18 December 1958.  Reported delivered to Italian Air Force, marked "4-12", not confirmed by Italian sources.  Most likely scrapped in the UK after 1958.

19497

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

397

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB590.  First flight on 28 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 16 March 1953.  Operated by No. 3 Squadron, coded "U".  Struck off on 18 December 1958.

19498

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

398

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB591.  First flight on 29 November 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 14 March 1953.  Operated by the Sabre Conversion Flight at Wildenrath, Germany.   To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 15 December 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.

19499

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

399

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB592.  First flight on 3 December 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF on 14 March 1953.  Operated by the Sabre Conversion Flight at Wildenrath, Germany.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 16 November 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.  Destroyed in landing accident on 8 January 1958.

19500

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

400

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB593.  First flight on 4 December 1952.  Taken on strength by RAF c.1953.  Operated by No. 26 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany, No. 112 Squadron at Bruggen, Germany, and the Sabre Conversion Flight at Wildenrath, Germany.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 13 June 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.



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