Remarks: View of the Instrument Panel of the first RAAF production CA-27 Avon Sabre: A94-901 while on static display outside the HARS Hangar at Wollongong (YWOL) in May 2012. The Panel is being restored to original configuration. This aircraft was built in Aug 1954 and did Australia's first super-sonic flight. She was nominally 'converted to components' in 1967. After a long stint at Warbirds Mildura she was restored at Bankstown, and moved to HARS Wollongong in 2006.
Remarks: Outside for some maintenance on a lovely winter's day. Built as a Mk 30 Sabre and delivered on 18 March 1955. Allocated to the Aircraft Research and Development Unit for gun firing trials. Modified to Mk 31 status in August 1955. Then to 2 OCU, RAAF Williamtown. Retired in 1974 and recommended for fire training but preserved at the RAAF Museum. On display outdoors for many years.
Remarks: Rare low res oblique front View of Avon Sabre A94-910 at RAAF Base Point Cook in Mar 1983. The Sabre (wearing a 76 Sqn 'Black Panther' finflash, with AIM-9B Sidewinders on Aero 3B launchers under the wings) was displayed outdoors in a line of RAAF Museum aircraft (Vampire A79-659, Canberra A84-236, Meteor A77-702, C-47B A65-108, and Neptune A89-275). A94-910 was Delivered in Mar 1955 and went to RAAF Museum Jun1977. Apologies for quality of this 27 year old photo.
Remarks: Rare low res Rear View of Avon Sabre A94-910 at RAAF Base Point Cook in Mar 1983. The Sabre (wearing a 76 Sqn 'Black Panther' tailflash) was displayed outdoors in a line of RAAF Museum aircraft (Vampire A79-659, Canberra A84-236, Meteor A77-702, C-47B A65-108, and Neptune A89-275). A94-910 was Delivered in Mar 1955 and went to RAAF Museum Jun 1977. Apologies for quality of this 27 year old photo.
Remarks: A Massed Formation was flown over RAAF Base Williamtown on 25Mar1970. Every serviceable aircraft was airborne - Mirages, Sabres, Macchi MB-326Hs, Vampires, FAC Winjeels, and SAR UH-1Bs took part. The Flight marked the re-formation of No 5 Operational Training Unit (5OTU) on 01Apr1970. This photo shows six 5OTU Sabres doing a formaton flypast, including A94-988. (Note Blue tail fin with White Flash.) Flight Date and Serial Number obtained from the Logbook of a 5OTU Sabre Pilot who flew in the Formation.
Remarks: View of RAAF Sabre A94-922 in the rain (after sunset) at RAAF Base Amberley on 16May1992. The Sabre, also known as the 'Sword', was fitted with a Rolls Royce Avon engine. This aircraft (Del: Mar 1956), in yellow/black 2(F)OCU colours and 'Marksmen' Aerobatic Team logo, was photographed the day that 482 Squadron and 3 Aircraft Depot closed and re-formed as 501 Wing (50 years after these units were formed during WWII.) A94-922 was used as the 'Firestreak' Trials Aircraft, and she was SOC in May 1973. This aircraft is now in New Zealand in RAAF 76 Squadron livery. Low res photo. Apologies for low quality.
Remarks: Rare view of CA-27 Avon Sabre Mk 30 A94-907 on 'Gate Guard' duty in the open at RAAF Base Wagga in 1986. This aircraft was Delivered in Dec 1954, and arrived at Wagga as Instructional Airframe No 4 on 11Jun1968. The Yellow Nose was part of a typical 2(F)OCU Sabre livery. A94-907 went to 1 Stores Depot Tottenham Victoria on 29Jun1988, and was mounted on a pole at 1SD in Oct 1989. The fuselage is now at Latrobe Valley Airport, for use as spare parts in the restoration of A94-352. This photo previously incorrectly identified A94-907 as the First RAAF production CA-27 Avon Sabre: A94-901. Apologies for the ident error and low quality of this photo.