Designation: Sabre Mk. 5

Canadair Sabre Mk. V

Canadair Sabre Mk. V

A picture of the Canadair Sabre Mk. V

The Canadair Sabre is a license-built version of the North American F-86.  In 1948, the Royal Canadian Air Force chose the F-86 for its first jet fighter.  It was decided to license the design and build them in Canada.  The first aircraft built were identical to those produced in the United States, but Canadair soon began making changes to the design.  One of the most significant was the adoption of a different engine.  The Sabre Mk. V introduced the Avro Canada Orenda engine which gave the aircraft more power and a better climb performance.  Sabres served with the RCAF well into the 1960s and were exported to Germany, England, and Italy.  Surplus Canadair Sabres were converted to drones for the U.S. Army and used in missile testing.  Several former RCAF Sabres continue to fly with private owners.

Wingspan 37 ft 1 in.


Length 37 ft 6 in.


Height 14 ft 5 in.


Weight 13,791 lbs (loaded)


Max. Speed 599 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 48,000 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 1,052 miles


Engines One Avro Canada Orenda 10 turbojet with 6,500 pounds of thrust


Crew 1



Royal Canadian Air Force, 416 Squadron, Grostenquin Air Base, France, 1954

Serial Number

Sabre Mk. V

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