Creating the Australian Sabre


The prototype CAC Sabre, CA-26 A94-101, airborne with fuselage-side airbrakes deployed and ‘P for prototype’ markings prominent.

The North American F-86 Sabre is unarguably one of the great fighters in history. It was a fine design, the balance between the primary requirements of firepower, speed and manoeuvrability being near-perfect. Nevertheless, improvements were made, initially to gain altitude performance and speed for fighting MiG-15s in Korea. The Canadian company Canadair licence-built the F-86 and this derivative was also regarded as an excellent fighter, being adopted by the RAF and Pakistan, the latter using it in combat. North American Aviation (NAA) developed various further versions and ultimately the all-new F-100 Super Sabre. But prior to that new type, the most powerful variant of the F-86 was created in Australia.

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