Status: On display
Dawn of the Jet Age
Our F-86 Sabre 1815 MK6 was the final Sabre built by Canadair before it ceased production. It recorded six kills.
Designed by the North American Aviation Company of California, the Sabre was also built in Canada by the Canadair Company of Montreal. It was put into service by the United States Air Force in 1949. Canadair made 1,815 of them between August 1950 and October 1958. The Canadian-built planes served in the RCAF as well as the air forces of Britain, West Germany, Greece, Yugoslavia, Turkey, South Africa, Pakistan, Honduras, and Colombia.
In its day, the Sabre was the best fighter in the world, especially those built by Canadair which used the Canadian Orenda engine. It had six .50 caliber machine guns in the nose, and could carry rockets and bombs.
The F-86 was also the airplane used by the famous ‘Golden Hawks’, the aerobatic team of the RCAF of the 1950s and 1960s before the ‘Snowbirds’.
The museum’s Sabre, 1815, was flown last in Pakistan and was donated by the Pakistan Air Force in 1996. The donation was made possible due to the efforts of Air Commodore Kamran Qureshi of the Pakistan Air Force. Air Commodore Qureshi flew this aircraft in the Pakistan/Indian war of 1971. The aircraft recorded six kills.
The Air Commodore master-minded the repatriation of the aircraft to Canada and the museum. Regrettably, Air Commodore Qureshi drowned just two hours after the F-86 Sabre 1815 was shipped to Canada onboard a Canadian Forces C-130 Hercules.
- Wingspan: 11.30 m (37′ 1″)
- Length: 11.40 m (37′ 5″)
- Height: 4.45 m (14′ 7″)
- Weight: 7,319 kg (16,135 lbs)
- Power: Orenda 14 – 7,275 lb thrust
- Max. Speed: 1,080 km/h (671 mph)