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Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Canadair CL-13 Sabre

Canadian Warplanes, Jets,

Canadair CL-13 Sabre

Data current to 7 Aug 2019.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23360).

The Canadair Sabre jet fighter was built by Canadair under licence from North American Aviation.  It was a variant of the North American F-86 Sabre and was produced until 1958.  It was primarily used by the RCAF it was until replaced with the Canadair CF-104 Starfighter in 1962.  Several other air forces also operated Canadian-built Sabres.  (Wikipedia)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 1 (1), (Serial No.19101), Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2 (350), (Serial Nos. 19102-19199, 19201-19452), Mk. 3 (1), (Serial No. 19200), Mk. 4 (71), (Serial Nos. 19453-19463, 19491, 19575, 19579, 19582, 19584, 19585, 19590, 19597-19599, 19601, 19606, 19615-19617, 19619, 19624, 19627-19629, 19631, 19632, 19635-19637, 19639, 19642, 19643, 19647, 19649, 19650, 19652, 19653, 19655, 19657, 19659-19661, 19663-19665, 19667-19671, 19673-19675, 19677, 19679, 19680, 19682, 19684-19686, 19689, 19691, 19695, 19702), Mk. 5 (370), (Serial Nos. 23001-23370), CL-13B Mk. 6 (390), (Serial Nos. 23371-23760), plus one North American F-86A (Serial No. 49-1069), for a total of 1,184 of all Canadian Marks of the Sabre.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 1 (Serial No. 19101), CK-R, ca 1951.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584475)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 1, RCAF (Serial No.19101), 30 Jan 1951.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 1 (Serial No. 19101), CK-R, ca 1951.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3388181)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 1 (Serial No. 19101), 20 Mar 1951.

  (RCAF Photo)

(RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2 (Serial No. 19102), coded VC-AMN. This was the first production Sabre from by Canadair.  It was first used by No. 410 "Cougar" (F) Squadron at RCAF Station St. Hubert, Quebec.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584682)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2 (Serial No. 19187), 20 June 1952.

(DND Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 3 (Serial No. 19200).

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 3 (Serial No. 19200).

 (Canadair Photo via Bill Cumming)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23321), c/n 1111.  This Sabre went to the West German Air Force in 1958.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

(DND Archives Photo, PC-1311 via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial Nos. 23235, 23338, 23243 and 23241), from Tactical Flight at RCAF Station Chatham, New Brunswick, are seen in a stepped up formation Echelon Port.  The four aircraft were participating in the International Air Display, Toronto.

(RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23360), formation.

(RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5, RCAF (Serial No. 23312), No. 411 Squadron, Downsview.

(DND Photo via Francois Dutil)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23209), No. 401 Squadron (Aux), St-Hubert Quebec, Oct 1956 to Nov 1958.

 (DND Photo via Francois Dutil)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23047), No. 401 Squadron (Aux), St-Hubert Quebec, Oct 1956 to Nov 58.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23079), OTU, CFB Chatham, New Brunswick, 1968.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23079), OTU, CFB Chatham, New Brunswick, 1968.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23190), CFB Chatham, New Brunswick, 1968.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23335), night start, CFB Chatham, New Brunswick.

 (RCAF photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre, being de-armed after an air-to-air gunnery exercise, by two Munitions and Weapons Technicians, LAC Roy Mann, M and W Tech, andn LAC Art Murphy, M and W Tech. 

  (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 formation, over Europe.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial Nos. 23226, 23310, 23057, and 23159), 1955. 

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23312), No. 411 Squadron, Downsview, Ontario, ca 1950s.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23314), now Hawk One.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23330), OTU, mid 1950s.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23315), No. 401 Squadron (Auxilliary), Montreal.

 (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23360), three-ship formation.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 formation from Vancouver Auxiliary Squadrons, over the Rockies.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5, RCAF (Serial No. 23060), on the way to Europe with the OFU.

(RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre cockpit, ca 1953.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4948365)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23415) in formation over St Hubert, Quebec.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23415) in formation over St Hubert, Quebec.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23534).

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23439) plus two, factory fresh.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23416).

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23413), Bluie, Greenland, May 1955.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23520), No. 422 Squadron, leaving the dispersal area for the last time.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6, No. 422 Squadron, leaving the dispersal area for the last time.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabres, Golden Hawk formation, 1959.  

(RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Golden Hawk formation diving away.

(RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5, RCAF (Serial No. 23066), Golden Hawk.

 (City of Vancouver Archives Photo, AM281-S8-: CVA 180-5465)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5, RCAF (Serial No. 23066), Golden Hawk, Vancouver, 1969.

No. 1 (F) Wing, Marville, France, 1954-1967

No. 410 Squadron

No. 439 Squadron

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2, No. 439 Squadron, BW-1, Greenland.

(RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2 (Serial No. 19188), No. 439 Squadron, ca 1952.

 (DND Archives Photo, PC-81)

Canadair CL-13 Sabres, No. 439 Squadron, lined up on the tarmac at Uplands in Ottawa.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23469), 439 Squadron.

No. 441 Squadron

 (DND Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2 (Serial No. 19274), flying from RAF North Luffenham, before transferring to No. 1 (F) Wing, Marville, France.

 (DND Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2 (Serial No. 19274), flying from RAF North Luffenham, before transferring to No. 1 (F) Wing, Marville, France.

 (DND Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2 (Serial No. 19274), flying from RAF North Luffenham, before transferring to No. 1 (F) Wing, Marville, France.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2 (Serial No. 19127), No. 441 Squadron.

 (DND Photo via Mike Paradie)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No, 23017), No. 441 Squadron.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23650), No. 441 Squadron, 4 (F) Baden-Soellingen, Germany.

No. 445 Squadron (Avro CF-100 Canuck)

No. 2 (F) Wing, Grostenquin, France, 1954-1967

No. 416 Squadron

 (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5, RCAF (Serial No. 19250), coded AS250, No. 416 Squadron at No. 2 (F) Wing, RCAF Station Grostenquin, France, 1953.  No. 416 Squadron RCAF was formed at RAF Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1941 as a fighter squadron for service during the Second World War and was based at various RAF stations in Scotland, England and continental Europe.  The squadron was disbanded in March 1946.

 (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2, RCAF (Serial No. 19338), 2 (F) Wing, coded AS338, No. 416 Squadron at No. 2 (F) Wing, RCAF Station Grostenquin, France, 1953.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23125), 416 Squadron, Exercise Carte Blanche, June 1955.

No. 421 Squadron

 (DND Archives Photo, PL-55764)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre, 422 Squadron, having its six .50 cal machine guns harmonized at night at RCAF Station Uplands in 1953.  The procedure ensures that all six machine-guns are aimed properly.

 (DND Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23499) of No. 422 Squadron, Norway, 1963.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23648), coded AX-648, 421 Squadron.

 (422 Potpouri Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23392), coded TF392, No. 422 Squadron.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6, No. 422 Squadron, leaving the dispersal area for the last time.

No. 423 Squadron (Avro CF-100 Canuck)

No. 430 Squadron

 (DND Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6s of No. 430 Squadron, on Zulu alert at RCAF Station Grostenquin, France, June 1960.

The Sky Lancers

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4948820)

Canadair CL-13 Mk. 6 formation, RCAF Sky Lancers, 1955. 

 (DND Photo)

 (DND Photo)

 (DND Photo, F/O Louis Le Compte)

Canadair CL-13 Mk. 6 Sabre, RCAF (Serial No. 23439) and other Sky Lancers in formation, 1 March 1956.   F/O J.D. (Dale) McLarty (team leader) 414 Squadron flying in 23483.  F/O J.H. (Jake)Adams (right wing) 444 Squadron flying in 23445.   F/O E.H. (Ed) Welters (left wing) 414 Squadron flying in 23524.  F/O F.K. (Fred) Axtell (slot) 422 Squadron flying in 23439.  F/O L.C. (Les) Price (team solo), 444 Squadron, flying the chase plane.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Mk. 6 Sabre, RCAF (Serial No. 23408), Sky Lancer ca 1955.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre, RCAF (Serial No. 23524), Sky Lancers, 1956.

Pilots from all three Sabre squadrons at No. 2 (F) Wing flew with the aerobatic team, the Sky Lancers.  The team was formed in March 1955 and performed throughout Europe until October 1955.  The following year the team was based at No. 4 (F) Wing.  In 1956, No. 4 (F) Wing at Baden-Soellingen, Germany provided the members of the Sky Lancers.  On 2 March 1956, while practicing their routine over the Rhine valley, the Sky Lancers crashed near the Vosges mountains south west of Strasbourg killing four of the five team members.  This accident put an end to RCAF aerobatic teams for several years.

No. 3 (F) Wing, Zweibrücken, Germany, 1954-1968

No. 413 Squadron

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23180).  Strapped in the cockpits of their Sabre aircraft Pilots of No. 413 Squadron are on two minute readiness awaiting the signal flares which will send them into the air to intercept 'enemy' raiders.  413 Squadron was on an exchange exercise with the Dutch Air Force, to test mobility and cross-servicing in the late 1960s.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2 (Serial No. 19138), No. 413 Squadron.

No. 427 Squadron

 (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2 (Serial No. 19423), No. 427 Squadron, 3 (F) Wing, Zweibrücken, 1954.

 (RCAF Photo, PC-196)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2 (Serial No. 19427), No. 427 Squadron, 13 Feb 1953.

No. 434 Squadron

No. 440 Squadron (Avro CF-100 Canuck and Canadair CF-104 Starfigher)

No. 4 (F) Wing, Baden-Soellingen, 1953-1993

No. 414 Squadron

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23063), No. 414 Squadron.

No. 422 Squadron

 (DND Archives Photo, PL-55764)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre, 422 Squadron, having its six .50 cal machine guns harmonized at night at RCAF Station Uplands in 1953.  The procedure ensures that all six machine-guns are aimed properly.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23140), F/O J.S. Randle, No. 422 Squadron.

No. 444 Squadron

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 4 (Serial No. 19702), No. 444 Squadron, A.J. Bauer at the controls.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre (Serial No. 23421), No. 444 Squadron, No. 4 (F) Wing, being serviced ca 1950s.

No. 419 Squadron

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre (Serial No. 23707), No. 434 Squadron.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23466).  No. 434 Squadron deployed to 2 (F) Wing in the summer of 1962.  The runways at 3 (F) Wing were closed to prepare for the arrival of the Canadair CF-104 Starfighters.  The Sabres were flown from there to Preswick in the UK for disposal.

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Survivors in Canada, data current to 8 Feb 2019 

 (Author Photo)

Edmonton, Alberta, Alberta Aviation Museum, Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 1 (Serial No. 19101), PX-101.  Indoors.

 (Author Photo)

Oshawa, Ontario, Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23047), Oshawa Airport, Ontario.  Mounted on a pylon.

 (jiggs11 Photo)

Belleville, Ontario, Centennial Park, Zwick’s Island, Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23053), Golden Hawks.  Mounted on a pylon.

 (The A-Team Photo)

Sidney, British Columbia, Army Navy Club Grounds, Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23060).  Mounted on a pylon.

 (RCAF Photo)

Sarnia, Ontario, Germain Park, Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23164), Golden Hawks.  Mounted on a pylon.  

 (Author Photo)

Base Borden Military Museum, CFB Borden, Ontario, Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23228).  Mounted on a pylon. 

 (monkeys4ever Photo)

Peterborough, Ontario, 428 Wing RCAFA, Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23245), formerly at Clinton, Ontario.  Mounted on a pylon. 

 (Author Photo)

National Museum of the RCAF, CFB Trenton, Ontario, Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23257), previously painted in Golden Hawks colours, currently all silver.  Outdoors. 

Canadian Air Land Sea Museum, Markham, Ontario, Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23301), International Vintage Aircraft Inc., formerly at Picton, Ontario, silver.  Outdoors

 (Aldo Bidini Photo)

Vintage Wings of Canada, Hull Québec, Michael Potter, Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23314), C-GSBR, Hawk 1 project.  Indoors – for sale.

 (Author Photo)

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23355), Golden Hawks, formerly at CFB Chatham, New Brunswick.  Indoors.

 (Author Photo)

Trenton, Ontario, Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23641), Golden Hawks.  Mounted on a pylon.  

Brockville, Ontario, Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23649), Golden Hawks.  Mounted on a pylon.

 (Author Photo)

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Mount Hope, Ontario, Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23651), Golden Hawks colours, on loan from the National Museum of Science and Technology since 25 July 1998.  Indoors.

 (Robin Sipe Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. VI (Serial No. 23692), c/n 1482, Reg. No. N3844E.  This Sabre was purchased from Courtesy Aircraft.  It was last operated by the South African Air Force, and is currently in storage in Seattle, Washington, in very good, original, unrestored condition.  The aircraft is to be moved to Fort St. John, BC where it will be restored to ground running, taxi capable condition in the short term, with long term plans for full restoration to flying status.  The Aerospace & Technology Museum of British Columbia.

Wreck:

NBMHM, CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick, Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23292) wreckage of tail fin and main landing gear.  Outdoors.

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23651), Golden Hawk, Canada stamp.  (Library and Archives Canada Stamp, MIKAN No. 2266818)