September 16, 1958 – First Flight North American Sabreliner


Sabreliner at 2011 Rochester Air Show

The North American Sabreliner (later sold as the Rockwell Sabreliner) is a mid-sized business jet developed by North American Aviation. It was offered to the U.S. Air Force in response to their Utility Trainer Experimental (UTX) program. It was named “Sabreliner” due to the similarity of the wing and tail to North American’s F-86 Sabre jet fighter. Military variants, designated T-39 Sabreliner, were used by the U.S Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps after the Air Force placed an initial order in 1959. The Sabreliner was also developed into a commercial variant.


(from Wikipedia)


Just me and a few thousand of my friends

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After huge air shows like Oshkosh and Sun ‘n Fun and large ones like Waterloo and Thunder Over Michigan, it was refreshing to attend the Ontario South Coast Air Show.  A smaller, very friendly event where I knew all the performers and and a good number of the spectators.  A lovely way to spend a Saturday.

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Formation Flying – Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association

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Today In Aviation History – May 17, 1959 – First Public Show RCAF Golden Hawks


 May 17, 1959.  The RCAF Golden Hawks performed for the general public for the first time in Torbay Newfoundland. Led by S/L F. G. “Fern” Villeneuve, the team flew Canadair CF-86 Sabres in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of powered flight in Canada.

The Golden Hawks thrilled hundreds of thousands of spectators through 1963.  They were disbanded by an official statement from then defence minister Paul Hellyer on February 7, 1964.

Top picture:  Vintage Wings of Canada F-86 Sabre “Hawk One” dedicated to Fern Villeneuve.

Bottom picture: 1961 team photo.  Picture taken at RCAF Museum at CFB Trenton

Information taken from “A Tradition of Excellence” by Dan Dempsey