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The F-86 Sabre that formed the backbone of the Centennial Heritage Flight is a Canadair Sabre 5 that originally bore the RCAF serial number 23314.
Manufactured in 1954, it was the 1,104th Sabre to come off the Canadair assembly line.
It has been retrofitted with wings equipped with leading edge slats and an Orenda 14 engine, thus bearing all the resemblance of a Sabre 6.
Purchased by Vintage Wings of Canada in October 2007, it was refurbished in the colours of the RCAFs most famous aerobatic team, the Golden Hawks. Hence the moniker, Hawk One.
Known Aircraft Service Record
Canadair Constructor Number 1104 First Flight August 13, 1954 RCAF Serial Number 23314
Royal Canadian Air Force / Canadian Armed Forces Service Taken-on-Strength by the RCAF September 14, 1954 RCAF Squadrons/Units & Stations:
441 (F) Sqn, No.1 Air Division, RCAF Station Marville, France AFHQ Jet Practice Flight, RCAF Station Uplands (Ottawa), Ontario RCAF Golden Hawks, RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario Sabre Transition Unit, RCAF Station Chatham, New Brunswick (latterly Canadian Forces Base
Although 23314 was never painted in Golden Hawk colours, it was assigned to the team at RCAF Stn Trenton for the team tryouts in the fall of 1962 through the 1963 workups.
This was a common practice each season. Log book records reveal the aircraft was flown by both lead solo F/L Ed McKeogh and opposing solo F/L Dave Barker for formation, solo and co-solo aerobatics during this period, as well as slot pilot F/L C.B. Lang and right winger F/L Al Young for formation and solo aerobatics.
At last count, there were only 13 airworthy Sabres left in flying condition.
ONE from CAC in Australia
FIVE from North American in the USA
SEVEN from Canadair in Montreal
Hawk One was on static display at the Regina Flying Club Aug 15th 2011 as part of it's 2011 Cross Canada tour.
I'm lucky to have some great friends that invited me to a private unobstructed photo shoot before Hawk One was put to bed.
A big Thanks to Norm!!!!!