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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

 

 

 

19551

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

451

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB665.  First flight on 14 April 1953.  Used by No. 71 and No. 67 Squadrons in Germany, and by the Sabre Conversion Flight at RAF Wildenrath, Germany.  Back to USAF on 14 November 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, marked "4-30".

19552

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

452

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB666.  First flight on 10 February 1953.  Used by the Air Fighting Development Squadron at West Raynham, UK.  Also with No. 229 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Chivenor, UK.  Back to USAF on 26 February 1957, marked with RCAF serial.

19553

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

453

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB667.  First flight on 30 January 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany.   Mid-air collision with XB643 (19546) on 24 February 1954 near Henri-Chapelle, Belgium in bad weather.  Both aircraft destroyed, both pilots killed.

19554

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

454

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB668.  First flight on 30 January 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 7 September 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

19555

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

455

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB669.  First flight on 26 January 1953.  Used by No. 71 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 30 June 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.  Destroyed on 26 June 1957 in a mid-air collision with a USN F9F Cougar over the Tyrrhenian Sea, pilot killed.

19556

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

456

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB670.  First flight on 29 January 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 23 May 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslavian Air Force.

19557

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

457

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB671.  First flight on 1 February 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.

19558

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

458

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB672.  First flight on 1 February 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 6 May 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslavian Air Force.

19559

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

459

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB673.  First flight on 1 February 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany, and by the Sabre Conversion Flight at RAF Wildenrath, Germany.  Struck off RAF charge on 18 December 1958.

19560

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

460

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB674.  First flight on 14 February 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 4 March 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

19561

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

461

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB675.  First flight on 29 January 1953.  Back to USAF on 23 May 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  Used by the Sabre Conversion Flight at RAF Wildenrath, Germany.  Later to Hawker Aircraft in the UK.

19562

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

462

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB676.  First flight on 3 February 1953.  Used by the Sabre Conversion Flight at RAF Wildenrath, Germany.  Damaged beyond repair on 17 June 1953.

19563

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

463

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB677.  First flight on 30 January 1953.  Used by No. 92 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, UK, and by the Air Fighting Development Squadron at West Raynham, UK.  Crashed on take off from Linton-on-Ouse on 24 June 1955, written off.

19564

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

464

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB678.  First flight on 29 January 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 28 February 1957, marked with RCAF serial.

19565

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

465

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB679.  First flight on 6 February 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 15 February 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

19566

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

466

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB680.  First flight on 6 February 1953  Back to USAF on 14 May 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  With No. 234 Squadron in Germany, coded "G".  To Yugoslavian Air Force.

19567

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

467

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB681.  First flight on 2 February 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany.  With this Squadron when it crashed on landing at Geilenkirchen, Germany on 10 February 1954.

19568

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

468

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB682.  First flight on 11 February 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany, and No. 130 Squadron at Bruggen, Germany, coded "V".  Used by the Sabre Conversion Flight at RAF Wildenrath, Germany.  Back to USAF on 3 June 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  Reported with Italian Air Force.  To Yugoslavian Air Force, marked "11-057".

19569

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

469

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB683.  First flight on 4 February 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany, coded "W".  Crashed while with this Squadron, pilot ejected from a spin near Liege, Belgium on 17 September 1953.

19570

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

470

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB684.  First flight on 19 February 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 27 January 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.  Also reported with Yugoslavian Air Force, marked "4-01".

19571

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

471

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB685.  First flight on 6 February 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany, and No. 147 Squadron in the UK.  Back to USAF on 30 November 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

19572

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

472

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB686.  First flight on 9 February 1953.  Used by the Sabre Conversion Flight at RAF Wildenrath, Germany and No. 71 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 4 February 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, marked "2-36".

19573

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

473

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB687.  First flight on 10 February 1953.  Used by No. 71 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 21 September 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, marked "4-51".

19574

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

474

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB688.  First flight on 6 February 1953.  Used by the Sabre Conversion Flight at RAF Wildenrath, Germany.  Back to USAF on 19 January 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, coded "2-39", "2-52", and "4-51".

19575

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

475

 

 

 

 

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

 

First flight on 13 February 1953.  Diverted to RAF before production was completed, became XB825.  (Note that this serial had been previously assigned to 19679, which was lost while on loan to the RCAF.)  Loaned to RCAF before delivery to RAF, served with No. 444 (F) Squadron at Baden-Soellingen, Germany.  Probably marked with both RCAF and RAF serials at this time.  Coded "VH*575" in 1953.  Taken on strength by RAF on 8 April 1954.  Used by No. 229 Operational Conversion Unit at Chivenor, UK, coded "T".  Back to USAF on 9 October 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off strength by the RCAF

19576

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

476

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB690.  First flight on 7 February 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany, coded "Z".  Destroyed in mid-air collision with Sabre XB730 (19604) near Munchen Gladbach on 6 November 1953.

19577

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

477

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB691.  First flight on 11 February 1953.  Used by No. 71 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 14 January 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

19578

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

478

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB692.  First flight on 7 February 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 9 October 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

19579

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

479

 

 

 

 

first date: 11 May 1953 - Taken on strength by RCAF

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB693.  First flight on 13 February 1953.  Loaned to RCAF before delivery to RAF, served with No. 416 Squadron at Grostenquin, France.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany, coded "C".  Back to USAF on 12 January 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, coded "2-53".

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off strength by RCAF

19580

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

480

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB694.  First flight on 17 February 1953.  Used by the Sabre Conversion Flight at RAF Wildenrath, Germany, and by No. 92 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, UK, coded "N".  Back to USAF on 3 June 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslavian Air Force.

19581

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

481

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB695.  First flight on 20 February 1953.  Served with No. 93 Squadron at Jever, Germany, coded "X".  Back to USAF on 22 March 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.  Crashed while in Italian service, at gunnery range at Brindisi on 16 April 1958.

19582

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

482

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 May 1953 - Taken on strength by RCAF

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB696.  First flight on 14 February 1953.  Loaned to RCAF before delivery to RAF, served with No. 444 Squadron at RCAF Station St. Hubert and/or Baden-Soellingen, Germany.  Taken on strength by RAF on 26 March 1954.  Used by No. 229 Operational Conversion Unit at Chivenor, UK, coded "C".  Back to USAF on 11 July 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, coded "4-82".

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off strength by RCAF

19583

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

483

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB697.  First flight on 14 February 1953.  Served with No. 93 Squadron at Jever, Germany.  Back to USAF on 13 June 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslavian Air Force, marked "11-059".  To Honduras Air Force in late 1970s.

19584

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

484

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 May 1953 - Taken on strength by RCAF

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB698.  First flight on 20 February 1953.  Loaned to RCAF before delivery to RAF, served with No. 444 Squadron at RCAF Station St. Hubert and/or Baden-Soellingen, Germany.  Taken on strength by RAF on 22 April 1954.  Used by No. 229 Operational Conversion Unit at Chivenor, UK, coded "R".  Back to USAF on 20 March 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, coded "4-07".

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off strength by RCAF

19585

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

485

 

 

 

 

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

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB699.  Loaned to RCAF before delivery to RAF.  First flight on 19 February 1953.  With No. 414 (F) Squadron in 1953, at RCAF Stations Bagotville, PQ and/or Baden-Soellingen, Germany.  Taken on strength by RAF on 1 March 1954.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany.  Pilot killed when he ejected too low near Lontzen, Holland on 16 May 1955.

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off strength by RCAF

19586

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

486

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB700.  First flight on 14 February 1953.  Used by No. 26 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany, coded "B", the Sabre Conversion Flight at RAF Wildenrath, Germany, and by No. 71 Squadron in Germany.

19587

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

487

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB701.  First flight on 20 February 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany, and with No. 93 Squadron at Jever, Germany.  Back to USAF on 22 May 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, then to Yugoslavian Air Force.

19588

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

488

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB702.  First flight on 14 February 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany, coded "J".  Back to USAF on 4 March 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

19589

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

489

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB703.  First flight on 13 February 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 9 May 1956, marked with RCAF serial.

19590

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

490

 

 

 

 

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

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB704.  First flight on 19 February 1953.  Loaned to RCAF before delivery to RAF, served with No. 444 Squadron at RCAF Station St. Hubert and/or Baden-Soellingen, Germany.  Taken on strength by RAF on 10 February 1954.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany.  Struck off RAF strength on 18 December 1956.  Reported in storage at RAF Church Crookham in October 1965, with RCAF serial marked.

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off strength by RCAF

19591

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

491

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB705.  First flight on 17 February 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 15 February 1957, marked with RCAF serial.

19592

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

492

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB706.  First flight on 20 February 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron in Germany, and by No. 130 Squadron at Bruggen, Germany, coded "U".  Back to USAF on 24 June 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslavian Air Force, marked "11-061".

19593

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

493

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB707.  First flight on 17 February 1953.  Used by No. 3 Squadron in Germany, and by No. 20 and 26 Squadrons at Oldenburg, Germany.  Back to USAF on 29 May 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslavian Air Force.

19594

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

494

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB708.  First flight on 21 February 1953.  Used by No. 26 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany, coded "T".  Back to USAF on 14 September 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

19595

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

495

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB709.  First flight on 18 February 1953.  Used by No. 20 and 26 Squadrons at Oldenburg, Germany.  Back to USAF on 31 May 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, coded "4-31".

19596

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

496

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB710.  First flight on 23 February 1953.  Used by No. 71 Squadron in Germany, coded "J".  Back to USAF on 21 April 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, marked "4-12", "4-31" and "4-46".  Preserved, displayed at the NCO School at Caserta, Italy, marked "4-46".  Reported scheduled to be moved to Capua, not confirmed.

19597

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

497

 

 

 

 

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

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB711.  First flight on 6 March 1953.  Loaned to RCAF before delivery to RAF, used by No. 444 Squadron at RCAF Station St. Hubert and/or Baden-Soellingen, Germany.  Taken on strength by RAF on 26 March 1954.  Used by No. 229 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Chivenor, UK.  Reported crashed on 23 October 1954, reported lost at sea.  Possibly repaired and returned to service, as this aircraft is also reported as later serving with the Italian Air Force, coded "4-12" and "4-46".

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off by RCAF

19598

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

498

 

 

 

 

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

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB712.  First flight on 25 February 1953.  Loaned to RCAF before delivery to RAF, used by No. 444 Squadron.  Taken on strength by RAF on 8 April 1954.  Used by No. 93 Squadron at Jever, Germany.  Back to USAF on 13 March 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off by RCAF

19599

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

499

 

 

 

 

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

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB713.  First flight on 17 February 1953.  Loaned to RCAF before delivery to RAF, used by No. 424 and 444 Squadrons.  Taken on strength by RAF on 26 March 1954.  Used by No. 229 Operational Conversion Unit at Chivenor, UK.  Back to USAF on 1 March 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off by RCAF

19600

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

500

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB726.  First flight on 21 February 1953.  Used by the Sabre Conversion Flight at RAF Wildenrath, Germany, and with No. 93 Squadron at Jever, Germany.  Back to USAF on 20 March 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.  Tail section preserved, part of a monument at Gioia del Colle Air Base.


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