It might only have been procured as an interim measure, but the Canadair Sabre F4 was, for a time, the RAF’s finest fighter. A former Sabre pilot remembers his time on the front line in Germany — “major, and quite illegal, dogfights” and all
The RAF aircrew recruiting advertisement in 1953 showed two Sabres flashing across the page. The caption read, “These aircraft are being flown by some of Britain’s most exciting young men”. I was one of these “exciting young men”, though I don’t recall being overwhelmed by swooning young women vying for my attention.