Armour Collection B11E347 Royal Canadian Air Force North American F-86F Sabre Jet - "The Golden Hawks", New Brunswick, Canada, 1959 (1:48 Scale)
"My God, we simply have to figure a way out of this situation. There's no point in talking about 'winning' a nuclear war."
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower
The first swept-wing airplane in the U.S. fighter inventory, the F-86 scored consistent victories over Russian-built MiG fighters during the Korean War, accounting for a final kill ratio of 10-to-1. Interestingly, all 39 United Nations jet aces won their laurels in Sabres.
Four models of the plane (F-86A, E, F and H) were designated day fighters or fighter bombers, while the F-86D, K and L versions were touted as all-weather interceptors. Successive models of the daylight versions - all designed to destroy hostile aircraft in flight or on the ground - were equipped with more powerful engines and armament systems that ranged from iron bombs and rockets to machine guns and cannon. The three interceptor versions, on the other hand, were equipped with black radome noses, replacing the yawning jet intakes of the other models.
Pictured here is a limited edition 1:48 scale replica of a F-86 Sabre jet regaled in the paint scheme and markings of the Royal Canadian Air Force's disbanded aerobatic squadron, The Golden Hawks. Only 400 pieces produced.
Wingspan: 9.5 inches
Length: 9.62 inches
Release Date: November 2006
Historical Account: "The Men With the Golden Gun" - The Golden Hawks were a Canadian aerobatic flying team that was established in 1959 to celebrate the RCAF's 35th anniversary and the "Golden" 50th anniversary of Canadian flight, which began with the AEA Silver Dart in 1909. Initially a six-plane team was envisioned as performing for only one year with the F-86 Sabre, but the Golden Hawks were so popular after their single 63-show season that the team was expanded. Another plane was added to the team, allowing for a five-plane main formation with two solo jets. They continued performing for three more seasons until they were disbanded for financial reasons, on February 7, 1964, having flown a total of 317 shows across North America. Government officials said the $750,000 it took to operate the team each year could be used better for other purposes.
Not only did the team perform the loops, roll, cross-overs, and bomb bursts standard to military formation flying, they had their own trademark manoevers. One of the Golden Hawks' signature stunts was a low-level flyby of the crowd with their canopies open, waving at the spectators. (courtesy: Wikipedia)