Walkaround #483

R.A.A.F CAC Sabre 

Reference photos by Alan Williamson on July 11 2003

Avon Sabre 7,500lb thrust Rolls Royce RA.7 Mk.26 turbojet right side

 

      

These photos were taken in 2002 at the Jet Museum in South Australia.

Avon Sabre A94-974 is one of the Australian built variants of the North American F86 Sabre. The Avon Sabre was built by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) at Fisherman's Bend Victoria Australia, and delivered to the R.A.A.F on August 27th 1957. This particular aircraft was assigned to the 78 wing stationed at R.A.A.F base at Williamstown New South Wales (NSW) Australia. 

In December 1958 the Sabre was flown to R.A.A.F Base at Butterworth  Malaysia, as part of Operation Sabre Ferry. A94-974 then flew in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand while based in South East Asia. It then returned to Australia in January 1968. 

After undergoing a total overhaul and rewiring program A94-974 was placed in service with No 5 Operation Conversion Unit as a lead-in aircraft for the Mirage III fighter. One year later the Sabre was allocated to the R.A.A.F base Wagga Wagga and underwent conversion to "training aid" status.

Alan Williamson

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Avon Sabre 7,500lb thrust Rolls Royce RA.7 Mk.26 turbojet

Avon Sabre air duct

CAC Avon Sabre ammunition Store

CAC Avon Sabre Control panel & Stick

 

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CAC Avon Sabre control panel

CAC Avon Sabre lower half Ejection seat

CAC Avon Sabre upper half Ejection seat

One of the Avon Sabre's 30mm cannon's

 

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R.A.A.F CAC Avon Sabre A94-974 left side

R.A.A.F CAC Avon Sabre A94-974
R.A.A.F CAC Avon Sabre right side & to back cockpit
R.A.A.F CAC Avon Sabre right side cockpit

 

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Sabre Ejection seat left side

Sabre Ejection seat

 

Photos and text by Alan Williamson