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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

 

 

 

19701

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

601

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB863.  First flight on 21 May 1953.  Assigned to No. 147 Squadron at Chivenor, UK, the RAF ferry unit, but crashed before leaving Canada.  Crashed neat St. Felix de Valois, PQ on 5 June 1953, after becoming lost in cloud.

19702

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

602

 

 

 

 

first date: 21 May 1953 - Taken on strength by RCAF

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB864.  First flight on 21 May 1953.  Loaned back to the RCAF before going to RAF, serving with No. 444 (F) Squadron at Baden-Soellingen, Germany.  Taken on strength by the RAF on 17 May 1954.  Back to USAF on 3 October 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslavian Air Force, coded "06-068" and "11-082".

 

last date: 1 December 1953 - Struck off by RCAF

19703

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

603

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB865.  First flight on 11 May 1953.  Taken on strength by the RAF on 17 August 1954.  Served with No. 112 Squadron at Bruggen, Germany.  Operated by No. 26 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany when it crashed near Hede, Germany on 23 July 1954.  Engine flamed out during tail chase and aircraft caught fire.  F/O G. Stewart ejected at very low altitude and was killed.  He reportedly pulled rip cord before releasing harness from ejection seat.  Canopy may have accidently separated in flight prior to this.

19704

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

604

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB866  First flight on 20 May 1953.  With No. 26 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany when it crashed on 24 February 1954.  Crashed into the sea, compass unserviceable, pilot killed.

19705

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

605

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB867.  First flight on 12 May 1953.  Operated by 234 Squadron.  Struck off RAF strength on 18 December 1958.

19706

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

606

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB868.  First flight on 20 May 1953.  Operated by No. 26 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany.  Back to USAF on 13 June 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslavian Air Force, coded "11-083".

19707

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

607

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD706.  First flight on 19 May 1953.  Struck off RAF strength on 18 December 1958.  Reported in storage at RAF Church Crookham in October 1965, with RCAF serial marked.  USAF serial 52-10177 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19708

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

608

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD707.  First flight on 20 May 1953.  Operated by No. 66 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, coded "B".  Crashed in RAF service on 22 July 1954, struck high ground in the Pennines in poor weather together with Sabre XD730 (ex RCAF 19731).  USAF serial 52-10178 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19709

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

609

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD708.  First flight on 20 May 1953.  Back to USAF on 6 November 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.  USAF serial 52-10179 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19710

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

610

 

 

 

 

Funded by US, identified as F-86E-6-CAN, their serial number 52-10180.  Intended for  RAF, their serial XD709.  First flight on 20 May 1953.  Operated by No. 92 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, UK.  Back to USAF on 26 August 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.  Later to Yugoslavian Air Force, their serial JRV 11084.  USAF serial 52-10180 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19711

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

611

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD710.  First flight on 20 May 1953.    Operated by No. 66 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, and by No. 92 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, UK, coded "D".  Damaged on take off from Acklington, UK on 5 April 1955.  USAF serial 52-10181 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19712

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

612

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD711.  First flight on 21 May 1953.  Operated by No. 66 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, coded "U".  Crashed in RAF service, mid air collision with Sabre XD716 (ex RCAF 19717) of the same Squadron on 16 June 1954, near Hornsea, Yorkshire.  Both pilots ejected safely.  USAF serial 52-10182 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19713

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

613

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD712.  First flight on 20 May 1953.  Operated by No. 66 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, coded "S".  Crashed in RAF service, broke up in mid air during dive recovery in a mock dog fight over the Humber Estuary near Scunthorpe on 16 June 1955.  F/O L.M.P. Harryman killed.  USAF serial 52-10183 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19714

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

614

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD713.  First flight on 20 May 1953.  Operated by No. 92 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, UK.  Damaged on take off from Linton-on-Ouse on 29 January 1955.  USAF serial 52-10184 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19715

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

615

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD714.  First flight on 21 May 1953.  Back to USAF on 29 December 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.  USAF serial 52-10185 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19716

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

616

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD715.  First flight on 25 May 1953.  Operated by No. 66 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, UK, coded "K".  Back to USAF on 27 July 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.  USAF serial 52-10186 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19717

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

617

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD716.  First flight on 26 May 1953.  Operated by No. 66 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse.  Crashed in RAF service, mid air collision with Sabre XD711 (ex RCAF 19712) of the same Squadron on 16 June 1954.  Both pilots ejected safely.  USAF serial 52-10187 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19718

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

618

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD717.  First flight on 22 May 1953.  Operated by No. 66 Squadron (coded "X") and by No. 92 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, UK.  Back to USAF on 3 July 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  USAF serial 52-10188 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19719

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

619

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD718.  First flight on 25 May 1953.  Operated by No. 66 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, UK.  USAF serial 52-10189 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19720

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

620

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD719.  First flight on 25 May 1953.  Operated by No. 66 Squadron, and No. 92 Squadron (coded "T") at Linton-on-Ouse, UK.  Back to USAF on 10 January 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.  USAF serial 52-10190 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19721

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

621

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD720.  First flight on 25 May 1953.  Operated by No. 66 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, UK.  Back to USAF on 23 May 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.  Later to Yugoslav Air Force, their serial JRV 11085.  USAF serial 52-10191 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19722

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

622

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD721.  First flight on 29 May 1953.  Operated by No. 66 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, UK.  Back to USAF on 10 August 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.  Crashed in Italian service, ingested own bullets during ground firing run on 23 September 1959 near Brindisi.  USAF serial 52-10192 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19723

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

623

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD722.  First flight on 29 May 1953.    Operated by No. 66 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, and by No. 92 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, coded "D".  Some sources report this aircraft to Italian AF, coded "4-25", not confirmed by Italian sources.  Reported preserved at Rivolto, Italy, need to confirm identity of this airframe.  USAF serial 52-10193 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19724

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

624

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD723.  First flight on 28 May 1953.  Operated by No. 92 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, UK.  Back to USAF on 8 November 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force, coded "4-25".  USAF serial 52-10194 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19725

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

625

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD724.  First flight on 27 May 1953.  Operated by No. 66 Squadron and No. 92 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse.  Back to USAF on 19 December 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslavian Air Force, their serial JRV 11086, coded "11-086".  To Honduras Air Force in 1976, their serial FAH 3004.  USAF serial 52-10195 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19726

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

626

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD725.  First flight on 26 June 1953.  Operated by No. 66 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, UK.  Back to USAF on 3 July 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  USAF serial 52-10196 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19727

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

627

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD726.  First flight on 28 May 1953.  Operated by No. 92 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, UK.  Back to USAF on 9 October 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  USAF serial 52-10197 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19728

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

628

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD727.  First flight on 12 June 1953.  Operated by No. 92 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, UK, coded "D".  Struck off by RAF on 18 December 1958.  Reported in storage at RAF Church Crookham in October 1965, with RCAF serial marked.  USAF serial 52-10198 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19729

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

629

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD728.  First flight on 27 May 1953.  Operated by No. 92 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, UK, coded "H".  Back to USAF on 22 June 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.  USAF serial 52-10199 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19730

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

630

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD729.  First flight on 27 May 1953.  Operated by No. 66 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, coded "J".  USAF serial 52-10200 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19731

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

631

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD730.  First flight on 28 May 1953.  Operated by No. 66 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, coded "X".  Crashed in RAF service on 22 July 1954.  Flew into high ground in the Pennines together with Sabre XD707 of the same Squadron.  Both pilots killed.  USAF serial 52-10201 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19732

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

632

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB869.  First flight on 1 June 1953.  Used by No. 67 Squadron, and by No. 71 Squadron in Germany.  Struck off RAF charge on 18 December 1958.

19733

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

633

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB870.  First flight on 28 May 1953.  Used by No. 71 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 12 April 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

19734

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

634

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB871.  First flight on 29 May 1953.  Operated by No. 3 Squadron, by No. 93 Squadron, RAF at Jiver, and by No. 130 Squadron at Bruggen, Germany.  Struck off RAF charge on 18 December 1958.  Reported in storage at RAF Church Crookham in October 1965, with RCAF serial marked.

19735

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

635

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB872.  First flight on 8 June 1953.  Operated by No. 234 Squadron.  Carried individual letter "R" on fin in RAF service.  Back to USAF on 30 September 1957, marked with RCAF serial.

19736

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

636

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB873.  First flight on 1 June 1953.  Operated by No. 234 Squadron.  Back to USAF on 1 May 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslavian Air Force.

19737

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

637

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB874.  First flight on 16 June 1953.  Operated by No. 93 Squadron, RAF at Jiver, and by the Sabre Conversion Flight.  Back to USAF on 4 February 1957, marked with RCAF serial.

19738

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

638

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB875.  First flight on 10 June 1953.  Used by No. 71 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 5 November 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslavian Air Force, coded "11-088".

19739

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

639

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB876.  First flight on 2 June 1953.  Used by No. 71 Squadron in Germany.  Back to USAF on 10 January 1957, marked with RCAF serial.

19740

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

640

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB877.  First flight on 1 June 1953.  Operated by No. 26 Squadron at Oldenburg, Germany.  Back to USAF on 20 May 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslav Air Force.

19741

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

641

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB878.  First flight on 10 June 1953.  Used by No. 71 Squadron in Germany, coded "X".  Back to USAF on 28 August 1957, marked with RCAF serial.  To Yugoslavian Air Force, coded "11-089".

19742

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

642

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB879.  First flight on 9 June 1953.  Used by No. 71 Squadron in Germany.  To USAF on 31 May 1957.  To Yugoslavian Air Force.

19743

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

643

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB880.  First flight on 3 June 1953.  Crashed in RAF service on 15 July 1955, while being operated by No. 26 Squadron.  Stalled turning final at Brugen, pilot killed.

19744

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

644

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB881.  First flight on 9 June 1953.  Back to USAF on 7 November 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

19745

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

645

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB882.  First flight on 8 June 1953.  With No. 147 Squadron when P/O Butrym was killed in accidental ejection on 18 July 1953, north of Broughty Ferry, Angus.  He attempted to jettison the canopy to clear smoke in the cockpit but pulled the ejection handle in error.

19746

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

646

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB883.  First flight on 8 June 1953.  Operated by No. 26 Squadron (coded "A") at Oldenburg, Germany  Back to USAF on 5 December 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.

19747

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

647

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB884.  First flight on 10 June 1953.  Operated by No. 112 Squadron at Bruggen, Germany.  Crashed in RAF service on 16 June 1954.  Pilot ejected safely near Bruggen after total electrical failure.

19748

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

648

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XB885.  First flight on 10 June 1953.  Operated by 234 Squadron, coded "D".  Back to USAF on 5 October 1956, marked with RCAF serial.

19749

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

649

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD731.  First flight on 10 June 1953.  Operated by No. 66 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse.  Back to USAF on 13 September 1956, marked with RCAF serial.  To Italian Air Force.  Crashed in Italian service on 25 March 1960.  USAF serial 52-10202 assigned, no record it was ever marked.

19750

North American

Canadair

Sabre

4

 

 

CL-13

650

 

 

 

 

Diverted to RAF before RCAF serial marked, became XD732.  First flight on 12 June 1953.  Used by No. 92 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse, UK.  USAF serial 52-10203 assigned, no record it was ever marked.


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