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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

 

 

 

19501

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

401

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB594.  First flight on 31 December 1952.  To RAF c.1953.  Used by No. 20 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany, coded "V".  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 15 March 1957, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.

19502

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

402

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB595.  First flight on 6 January 1953.  Used by No. 26 Squadron 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.

19503

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

403

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB596.  First flight on 19 December 1952.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on , for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.

19504

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

404

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB597.  First flight on 30 December 1952.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on , for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.

19505

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

405

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB598.  First flight on 18 December 1952.  Used by No. 67 Squadron at Wildenrath, Germany, coded "R".  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, coded "2-70".

19506

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

406

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB599.  First flight on 7 January 1953.  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 30 May 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force.  Pilot ejected near Decima on 14 July 1956, following a fire warning.

19507

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

407

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB600.  First flight on 12 January 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron at Wildenrath, Germany, coded "W".  Destroyed in a wheels up landing at Wildenrath on 22 March 1954, following an electrical failure.

19508

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

408

 

 

 

 

RCAF serial assigned when this aircraft was ordered, but diverted to the RAF before completion.  Their serial XB601.  First flight on 31 December 1952.  Delivered to UK by No. 147 (Ferry) Squadron.  Later used by the Ferry Training Unit of this Squadron, and the Fighter Weapons School at Leconfield, UK, coded "C".  To USAF as a F-86E(M) on 12 October 1956, for transfer to other countries.  Remarked with RCAF serial while with USAF.  To Italian Air Force, coded "2-12".

19509

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

409

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB602.  First flight on 19 December 1952.  Used by the Sabre Conversion Flight.  Back to USAF on 15 February 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, coded "2-44" and later "4-24".

19510

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

410

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB603.  First flight on 17 December 1952.  Used by the Sabre Conversion Flight.  Destroyed in a hard landing at Wildenrath, Germany after losing power on 15 June 1953.

19511

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

411

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB608.  First flight on 6 January 1953.  Used by No. 71 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 6 November 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, coded "4-49".

19512

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

412

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB609.  First flight on 16 December 1952.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany, and No. 26 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany.  Back to USAF on 27 June 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.  Crashed near Brindisi, Italy after engine flame out on 24 July 1957.

19513

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

413

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB610.  First flight on 17 December 1952.  Lost on  5 April 1953, while with No. 147 Squadron.  Artificial horizon failed during climb into clouds, pilot continued climb, lost control, and crashed into high ground.  S/L Michael James Burke Cole, DFC killed.

19514

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

414

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB611.  First flight on 19 December 1952.  Used by No. 71 Squadron in Germany, and by the Sabre Conversion Flight at RAF Wildenrath, Germany.  Back to USAF on 17 December 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslavia.

19515

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

415

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB612.  First flight on 7 January 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany.  Forced landed 10 miles from base on 3 May 1955, following a flame out.  Struck off RAF charge in September 1957.

19516

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

416

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB613.  First flight on 23 December 1952.  Used by No. 26 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany, coded "C".  Back to USAF on 12 November 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

19517

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

417

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB614.  First flight on 31 December 1952.  Used by No. 3 Squadron and No. 234 Squadron (coded "J") in Germany.  Struck off RAF charge on 18 December 1958.  Reported in storage at RAF Church Crookham in October 1965.

19518

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

418

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB615.  First flight on 31 December 1952.  Used by No. 234 Squadron in Germany, coded "H".  Reported crashed, no details.

19519

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

419

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB616.  First flight on 8 January 1953.  Used by the Sabre Conversion Flight at RAF Wildenrath, Germany.  Also with No. 229 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Chivenor, UK.   Back to USAF on 5 December 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  Reported to Italian Air Force by some sources, to Yugoslavian Air Force by others.

19520

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

420

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB617.  First flight on 6 January 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 12 July 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, marked "4-01".  Later with Yugoslavian AF.

19521

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

421

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB618.  First flight on 31 December 1952.  Used by the Sabre Conversion Flight at RAF Wildenrath, Germany.  Back to USAF on 12 September 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, marked "4-25".

19522

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

422

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB619.  First flight on 16 January 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany.  Struck off RAF charge on 18 December 1958.  Reported in storage at RAF Church Crookham in October 1965.

19523

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

423

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB620.  First flight on 7 January 1953.  Back to USAF on 27 November 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  Used by the Royal Aeronautical Establishment.  To Italian Air Force, coded "4-50" and later "13-3".  Preserved, displayed at Rivolto, Italy.  Moved to Grazzanise Air Base in late 1990s, by then fitted with tail from 19664.

19524

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

424

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB621.  First flight on 8 January 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 16 April 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslavian Air Force, marked "11-051".

19525

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

425

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB622.  First flight on 5 January 1953.  Used by the Air Fighting Development Squadron at RAF West Raynham by May 1953.  Back to USAF on 24 April 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

19526

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

426

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB623.  First flight on 6 January 1953.  Used by No. 26 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany, coded "Q".  Crashed on 26 April 1955, struck a snow bank while taking off from Oldenburg.

19527

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

427

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB624.  First flight on 10 January 1953.  Used by No. 71 and No. 67 Squadrons in Germany.  Back to USAF on 16 July 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslavian Air Force, marked "11-052".

19528

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

428

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB625.  First flight on 10 January 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 19 February 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

19529

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

429

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB626.  First flight on 17 January 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany.  Struck off RAF charge on 18 December 1958.  Reported in storage at RAF Church Crookham in October 1965.

19530

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

430

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB627.  First flight on 21 January 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany, coded "C".  Crashed on 7 September 1954 near Liege, Belgium, after becoming lost and running out of fuel.

19531

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

431

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB628.  First flight on 20 January 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany, coded "L".  With No. 71 Squadron in Germany, coded V" when lost.  Struck by Sabre XB729 (19603) during an unauthorized mock attack by XB729, both aircraft came down 10 miles west of Kronfeld, Germany.  Both pilots thrown clear of their aircraft, and made successful parachute descents.

19532

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

432

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB629.  First flight on 17 January 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany.  Used by No. 112 Squadron at Bruggen, Germany.  Used by No. 93 Squadron at Jever, Germany.  Struck off RAF charge on 18 December 1958.

19533

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

433

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB630.  First flight on 22 January 1953.  Used by No. 71 Squadron in Germany, coded "P".  Struck off RAF charge on 18 December 1958.  Reported in storage at RAF Church Crookham in October 1965.

19534

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

434

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB631.  First flight on 17 January 1953.  Used by No. 71 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 5 June 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.  Preserved, displayed at Turin/Caselle Airport, marked "4-74".

19535

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

435

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB632.  First flight on 12 January 1953.  Used by No. 71 and No. 67 Squadrons in Germany.  Back to USAF on 23 October 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, later to Yugoslavian Air Force.

19536

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

436

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB633.  First flight on 12 January 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany, coded "W".  Crashed on 26 June 1955 at Geilenkirchen, encountered wake turbulence on take off.

19537

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

437

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB634.  First flight on 21 January 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany.  Crashed on 5 April 1955, collided with Anson TX238 while landing at Wildendrath.  Sabre pilot killed, 2 fatalities in the Anson.

19538

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

438

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB635.  Used by No. 71 Squadron in Germany, and by the Sabre Conversion Flight at RAF Wildenrath, Germany.  Back to USAF on 27 March 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  Tail section reported in storage at Vecci-Aguscello Gliding Club at Prati, Italy.

19539

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

439

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB636.  Used by No. 26 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany.  Back to USAF on 31 May 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslavian Air Force.

19540

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

440

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB637.  First flight on 9 February 1953.  Used by No. 71 Squadron in Germany.  Struck off RAF charge on 18 December 1958.  Reported in storage at RAF Church Crookham in October 1965.

19541

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

441

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB638.  First flight on 20 January 1953.  Used by No. 20 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany.  Crashed on 5 August 1954, struck trees short of runway while landing at Oldenburg at night.  Pilot F/O H. Capewell thrown clear of aircraft in seat, injured.

19542

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

442

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB639.  First flight on 27 January 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 20 April 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, coded "2-05".  Used in Congo in 1963 in support of UN operations, operated by 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the Philippine AF.  Preserved, on display at university in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.  Badly deteriorated and vandalized by 2008.

19543

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

443

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB640.  First flight on 20 January 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany, coded "P".  Back to USAF on 13 March 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  Tail section reported in storage at Vecci-Aguscello Gliding Club at Prati, Italy.

19544

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

444

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB641.  First flight on 22 January 1953.  Used by No. 147 Squadron in the UK.  Also with No. 229 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Chivenor, UK.  Back to USAF on 12 January 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

19545

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

445

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB642.  First flight on 26 January 1953.  Used by No. 234 Squadron in Germany.  Struck off RAF charge on 18 December 1958.

19546

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

446

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB643.  First flight on 20 January 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany.  Crashed on 24 February 1954 near Henri-Chapelle, Belgium in bad weather.  XB667 (19553) crashed at the same time.

19547

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

447

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB644.  First flight on 23 January 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany.  Also with No. 229 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Chivenor, UK.  Back to USAF on 25 June 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.  Crashed on 1 December 1956 near Spaloto, Yugoslavia, pilot was killed.

19548

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

448

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB645.  First flight on 1 February 1953.  Used by No. 20 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany, coded "W".  Back to USAF on 1 March 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

19549

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

449

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB646.  First flight on 23 January 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany.  Used by No. 20 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany, coded "M".  Struck off RAF charge on 18 December 1958.

19550

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

450

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB664.  First flight on 21 January 1953.  Used by No. 67 and No. 71 Squadrons in Germany.  Back to USAF on 5 December 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.


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