CA-27 Mk 32 (F-86) Sabre Jet Flying at Temora Nov 2011





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CAC Avon Sabre A94-983 Flight Display at Temora Invitational Scale Classic 2011 on Saturday 5th November.

Brief History of Australian built CAC Avon Sabre A94-983:
(Redesigned version of the North American F-86F Sabre)

Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) in November 1957. In 1951, CAC obtained a licence agreement to build the F-86. It was decided to power the aircraft using a licence-built version of the Rolls-Royce Avon R.A.7. This involved a re-design of the fuselage as the Avon was shorter, wider and lighter than the General Electric J47 that powered the North American-built aircraft. Because of the engine change the type is often referred to as the Avon Sabre. To accommodate the Avon, over 60% of the fuselage was redesigned along with a 25% increase in the size of the air intake. Another major revision was in replacing the F-86F's six machine guns with two 30mm Aden cannons, while other changes were also made to the cockpit and to provide an increased fuel capacity.

In February 1959, the aircraft made a wheels-up landing at Butterworth.

Transferred to No 11 Squadron of the Royal Malaysian Air Force in December
1971 as serial no FMI983, the aircraft flew until 1976, when grounded awaiting disposal.

'Rescued' from its fate by No 75 Squadron, based at Butterworth, an 'E' Servicing was carried out over 12 months and A94-983 flew again in July 1978 in RAAF hands. A94-983 was then shipped back to Australia, and restored by No 2 Aircraft Depot. A94-983 was first displayed in public in March 1981. Between 1982 and 1993 the Sabre flew at air shows around Australia.

In November 1984 the aircraft carried out a forced landing and over-run at Bendigo, Victoria. The aircraft continued to be displayed by the RAAF Museum, and operated under the auspices of the Caribou and Historic Aircraft Section (CHAS) located at Richmond until 1992

In January 2006 A94-983 was transported by road to the Temora Aviation Museum where a comprehensive return to service program commenced. Its two Rolls Royce Avon engines were delivered to Temora onboard a RAAF C-130J Hercules aircraft. The restoration of the Sabre commenced in May 2006 and culminated with the successful post maintenance check flights, the first one taking place on Thursday 16 July 2009.



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