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CAC Sabre

CAC Sabre

1 x CAC Avon 26 turbojet
3,402 kg (7,500 lb) thrust
11.43 m (37 ft 6 in)
4.37 m (14 ft 4 in)
11.30 m (37 ft 1 in)
8,038 kg (17,720 lb)
Max Speed
1,126 km/h (608 kt)
52,000 ft (15,850 m)

Description of Aircraft

Following the outbreak of war in Korean in June 1950, the Australian Government became increasingly concerned with the performance of the Soviet built MiG-15 jet fighters. The Gloster Meteor was no match for the faster and more highly manoeuvrable MiGs and the only western aircraft with similar performance was the North America F-86 Sabre. The Sabre was in short supply and to address the problem the RAAF elected to purchase a locally built and redesigned version of the F-86.
The prototype CAC CA-26 (the only CA-26 built) Avon Sabre first flew on 3 August 1953. During a test flight of this aircraft at Avalon Airfield on 21 August 1953, the pilot, Flight Lieutenant Bill Scott, took the aircraft to a height of 42 000 feet (12 800 metres), put it into a dive and at 36 000 feet (11 000 metres) exceeded the speed of sound thus becoming the first aircraft in Australia to break the sound barrier.
The first production Sabre, A94-901, was delivered to the Aircraft Research and Development Unit on 19 August 1954. The Sabre was in service until 31 July 1971 when it was officially retired.
A94-951 (on display) was delivered to the Air Force on 4th December, 1956 and transferred to 78 Wing. The aircraft was damaged on 29th July, 1963 in a collision with A94-943. The aircraft was repaired in situ by the fitment of the port mainplane of A94-943 which was written off after the collision. Approval was given in 1971 to display the aircraft at the entrance to RAAF Williamtown where it remained until being moved to Fighter World in 1991.

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Exhibited in two hangars, visitors can walk-around, touch and look into the cockpits of such famous aircraft as the Mirage III, the Avon Sabre, the Gloster Meteor, the first Vampire jet built in Australia, the mighty F-111C and the F/A-18A Hornet. Also on display is a World War 1 Sopwith Camel replica, WWII Spitfire replicas, a PC-9A(F) Foward Air Control aircraft, Winjeel trainer and much more.

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