Sabre F-86 Mk5 Escorted by Sarnia Police

Sarnia Police assisted in the escort of a Sabre F-86 Mk5 Jet through the city t

The Sabre F-86 Mk5 owned by the Sarnia 403 Wing RCAFA  was transported today to the hanagar of COPA Flight 7 with Sarnia Police escorting the Jet through the city.

Sarnia Police assisted in the escort of a Sabre F-86 Mk5 Jet through the city t
Sarnia Police assisted in the escort of a Sabre F-86 Mk5 Jet through the city.

This aircraft is one of the original 6 Golden Hawk Aircraft which performed for the RCAF from the late 50’s to early 60’s. The Golden Hawks were a Canadian military aerobatic flying team established in 1959 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and the “Golden” 50th anniversary of Canadian flight, which began with the AEA Silver Dart in 1909. Sabres used by the Golden Hawks aerobatic team belonged to the Sabre Transition Unit  and later the (Fighter) Operational Training Unit of CFB Chatham, New Brunswick. Among other aerial maneuvers performed by the Golden Hawks, the pilots would sometimes stagger past the crowd at low altitude with the canopy open waving at the spectators.

Pilots for the Golden Hawks flight demonstration team were selected from the Sabre Operational Training Unit at CFB Chatham and each had had operational experience with the Air Division. They practiced three times daily for two-and-a-half months before putting on their initial display at Torbay, Newfoundland, the first of 63 shows across the country in 1959.
Pilots for the Golden Hawks flight demonstration team were selected from the Sabre Operational Training Unit at CFB Chatham and each had had operational experience with the Air Division. They practiced three times daily for two-and-a-half months before putting on their initial display at Torbay, Newfoundland, the first of 63 shows across the country in 1959.

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