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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA4317: CAC Sabre Mk 32 #A94-978 of 79 Sqn, RAAF, Ubon RTAFB, Thailand, July 1968
Length 6.75 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
On June 1, 1962 RAAF 79 Squadron arrived at Royal Thai Air Force Base Ubon. The squadron was there to defend against what was thought to be a pending attack through Laos. Two CAC Mk. 32 Sabres were always kept on high alert armed with 30 mm cannons and Side-Winder Missiles. These aircraft were to be ready seven days a week during daylight hours and only used for self-defense. The expected attack never took place but 79 Squadron remained in Thailand until August 1968 when the unit was disbanded.
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.