Adapting a winning design

TECHNICAL DETAILS CAC AVON SABRE

The metal frame mock-up used by CAC to help test the changes to the basic F-86F design.
CAC

Ian Ring, a senior engineer with CAC, described the changes to the basic F-86F aft of the nose modifications mentioned previously: “The Avon engine has much the same dimensions as the General Electric J47, but the mounting points are very different and the weight much reduced. Consequently, it had to be positioned much further aft in the fuselage in order to preserve the original centre of gravity position. In order to have the Avon engine completely supported within the forward portion of the fuselage it was necessary to move the transport joint rearwards to the new location of the engine mounting trunnions — thus the rear portion of the fuselage was shortened by some 26 inches and the forward fuselage lengthened by a corresponding amount in order to preserve the original length of fuselage.”

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