Canadair CL-13 (North American F-86) Sabre Mk 4 – 93 Sqn RAF, Jever, Germany, 1954. Preserved Duxford Museum
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale Legends AA35805: Canadair CL-13 (North American F-86) Sabre of 93 Sqn RAF, Jever, Germany, 1954. Now Preserved at Duxford Museum
Length 6.75 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
XB812 was one of the Sabres passed on to the Italian Air Force, with whom it served as MM19666, until it became part of an exchange deal for a Spitfire that The Fighter Collection at Duxford arranged with the RAF Museum. TFC had located this original RAF Sabre in Italy and brought it back to Duxford in 1993, where it was fully restored to its original RAF colors and markings as XB812 coded “U” of No. 93 Squadron, based at Jever, Germany during 1954-55. It is currently on display in the RAF Museum at Hendon, London.
Designed to meet a USAAF requirement for a day-fighter/escort fighter/dive-bomber, the F-86 was first flown on October 1st, 1947. The Sabre’s swept-wing “flying tail” configuration and a hydraulic flight-control system were some of its many firsts in technology and design that have now become standard for jet-powered aircraft. Armed with six 50 caliber machine guns, the F-86 saw extensive action in the Korean War, where it was often pitted against the MiG-15. The Sabre pilot had to be in visual contact and within gun range of the enemy in order to attempt a shoot-down, thereby making this aircraft the last true “dogfighter” in Air Force inventory.