A94 CAC Sabre


CAC Mk.32 Sabre A94-983 at the Avalon Air Show


 

Introduction

The prototype CAC Sabre Mk 30, the CA-26, first flew on 3 August, 1953, with an imported Avon engine, piloted by Flt Lt W. Scott. As A94-101 it went to ARDU in 1955 and in latter years resided at Wagga as an instructional airframe; in 1960 it was used for ejectorseat trials following three fatal Sabre accidents. The first production CA-27 Sabre, A94-901, flew on 13 July 1954 and was followed by a further 21 Mk 30s, A94-902/922, with imported Avons, and leading-edge slats. As from 1955 the next 20 Sabre Mk 31s, A94-923/942, were powered with the CAC Avon Mk 20, had an extended leading-edge, additional fuel cells, and fitments for drop-tanks, bombs, and rockets. The earlier Mk 30s were then modified to Mk 31 standard. The final version of the CAC Sabre was the Mk 32 of which 69 were built, A94-943/990 and A94-351/371. They carried additional drop-tanks and rockets and, as from 1960, Sidewinder air-to-air missiles. All earlier Sabres were similarly modified, and retrospectively fitted with the CAC Avon Mk 26 engine which was first in- stalled in A94-973. The last CAC Sabre. A94-371, completed acceptance trials on 19 December, 1961.

There were a number of modifications made to the Avon Sabre making it different from the North American Sabre. The following list of modifications made a huge improvement over the original Sabre:

The Sabre was operated by Nos 3, 75, 76, 77, 79 Squadrons, No 2 Operational Conversion Unit (OCU), No 5 Operational Training Unit (OTU), and the Aircraft Research Development Unit (ARDU). Sabre aircraft were used by No 3 and 77 Squadrons, operating from Butterworth, in Malaya during the Communist uprising in the 1950s. The Sabre was replaced as the RAAF's frontline fighter by the Mirage IIIO in the early 1960s and was officially retired from RAAF Service on 31 July 1971.

The Models

A94-371

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Model by
1/48 Academy/High Planes conversion
Andrew Doppel

 

A94-901 Prototype

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Model by
1/48 Red Roo CAC Sabre conversion
Ryan Hamilton
1/48 CAC Sabre A94-901, 'Black Panthers' Aerobatic Team, 76 Sqn, Williamtown, NSW
Andrew Doppel

 

A94-943

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1/48 CAC Sabre A94-943, 3 Sqn, Butterworth, Malaysia
Andrew Doppel

 

A94-970

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1/48 CAC Sabre A94-970 - 77 Sqn Butterworth, Malaysia 1960
Andrew Doppel

 

 

A94-971

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Model by
1/48 CAC Avon Sabre, Butterworth in Malaysia with 3 Sqn in 1962
J.D King

 

A94-983

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Model by
1/32 Kinetic/Hamilton Hobbies CAC Sabre conversion
Andrew Doppel
1/48 CAC Sabre A94-983, 75 Sqn 'Black Diamonds' Aerobatic Team
Andrew Doppel

 

JA-111

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Model by
1/32 Hasegawa Canadair Sabre
J.D. King