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.
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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EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast. Another great ride at Oshkosh.
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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
Oshkosh 2011. My first flying Harrier. The loudest air show experience I’ve ever witnessed.
So honoured to be asked to provide an article to the good folks at Hartzell Propeller reliving my prize ride with Mike Kahuna Stewart and the rest of Team Aerodynamix at Sun ‘n Fun last month in Lakeland Florida.
Special shout out to Ian who did all the work to make this happen
Read the article here.
Emirates A380 on approach to YYZ
This day in 2005 the Airbus A380 made its first flight at Toulouse France.
Singapore Airlines at ZRH
Not my favorite airliner (still a 747 fan) but there’s no denying it’s a very impressive piece of technology.
On May 9th, Canadians will observe a National Day of Honour to commemorate Canada’s Armed Forces contribution in Afghanistan.
Over these last years at Oshkosh I’ve been lucky to meet some great people. Example, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger of Miracle On The Hudson fame was very gracious with his time. Incredibly friendly and unassuming.