Aviation Memorabilia Newsletter Since 1995

Aviation Memorabilia Newsletter

Since 1995

wayne albertson articles

RCAF Golden Hawks F-86 Sabre

During my many YouTube hours (I live in Surrey B.C, I should go outside more), I came across the video below of a Canadair F-86 Sabre painted “RCAF Golden Hawks” livery.

There is far too much available for me to paraphrase so following are several references if you are also interested in learning more on this fascinating group.

Reprinted from Wikipedia:

The Golden Hawks were a Canadian aerobatic flying team that was established in 1959 to celebrate the Royal Canadian Air Force'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 flying brilliantly-painted metallic-gold Canadair Sabre Mk.5s, was envisioned as performing for only one year, but the Golden Hawks were so popular after their single 63-show season that the team was expanded. In the following year, another plane was added to the team, allowing for a five-plane main formation with two solo jets. The Golden Hawks continued performing for three more seasons, changing to the Mk.6 in 1961, until they were disbanded on 7 February 1964, having flown a total of 317 shows across North America.

Click the image below to view the video:

tmb Sabre YouTube x550

For this NetLetter issue, I found the image for the heading image at Jetphotos.com and sent a request to photographer, Mirko Bleuer, for permission to use his photograph.

Mr. Bleuer, who lives in Switzerland, generously gave us permission to use his photograph and sent along a few more images from his visit to Canada.

  tmb sabre 005 x550
  tmb sabre 001 tmb sabre 003

tmb sabre 002

tmb sabre 004

Photographed at
Trenton, Ontario
Photographed at
Ottawa / Rockcliffe

Additional references:

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Golden Hawks at Wikipedia