DescriptionThe CAC Sabre, sometimes known as the Avon Sabre or CA-27, is an Australian variant of the North American Aviation F-86F Sabre fighter aircraft.
The F-86F was redesigned and built by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Equipping five RAAF squadrons, the type saw action in the Malayan Emergency in the late 1950s, and was employed for air defence in Malaysia and Thailand in the 1960s. Ex-RAAF models also saw service with the Royal Malaysian Air Force and the Indonesian Air Force.
In 1951, CAC obtained a licence agreement to build the F-86F Sabre. In a major departure from the North American blueprint, it was decided that the CA-27 would be powered by a licence-built version of the Rolls-Royce Avon R.A.7, rather than the General Electric J47. In theory, the Avon was capable of more than double the maximum thrust and double the thrust-to-weight ratio of the US engine. This necessitated a re-design of the fuselage, as the Avon was shorter, wider and lighter than the J47. Because of the engine change the type is sometimes referred to as the Avon Sabre. To accommodate the Avon, over 60 percent of the fuselage was altered and there was a 25 percent increase in the size of the air intake. Another major revision was in replacing the F-86F's six machine guns with two 30mm ADEN cannon, while other changes were also made to the cockpit and to provide an increased fuel capacity.
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- 37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)
- 37 ft 1 in (11.3 m)
- 14 ft 5 in (4.39 m)
- Wing Area:
- 302.3 sq ft (28.1 m²)
- Empty Weight:
- 12,000 lb (5,443 kg)
- 21,210 lb (9,621 kg)
- 1 × Rolls-Royce Avon turbojet, 7,500 lbf (33.4 kN)
- Maximum speed: 700 mph (1,100 km/h) (605 knots)
- 1,153 mi, (1,000 NM, 1,850 km)
- Rate of Climb:
- 12,000 ft/min at sea level (61 m/s)