Canadair Sabre F.2: The First of a New Generation for the RAF

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Canadair CL-13 Mk.2 (Sabre F.2)

Hello and welcome to my suggestion for the CL-13 Mk.2 in RAF Service! also known as the Sabre F.2, I feel this could come to game as a potential premium alongside the F.4 as a tech tree equivalent. This should also be a fairly easy addition given the already existing Sabre and CL-13 models in game.

History

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The Sabres in RAF service are often forgotten about by both enthusiasts and historians alike, mainly due to the Sabres rather short service life of barely 5 years in service, however it was one of the most used aircraft in the RAF during that time, even more than domestic alternatives at the time such as the Supermarine Swift, Making it an integral part of RAF History and something often forgotten to history.

The story starts in the Early 50s, as the RAF’s Meteor and Vampire fighters were rapidly becoming obsolete, with the appearance of the Soviet Mig-15 that completely outclassed almost everything about these aircraft at the time, furthermore due to the severe lack of aircraft development compared to other Nations during late 40s britain had fallen severely behind in technology, and with both the Swift and Hunters that were to replace the ageing aircraft still severely delayed, the RAF began searching for something that could act as a stop gap until more capable aircraft became available.

As the UK desperately searched for an aircraft capable of being deployed in large numbers in a very short period of time, the USA Agreed to allow the Supply of 430 Canadian Built Sabres built under the Mutual Defence assistance act to Britain in order to stop the RAF from being completely outclassed against the brand new Soviet Fighters.

The First sabres to arrive were 3 CL-13 Mk.2’s (XB530 - 532) to be used as both evaluation aircraft and to prepare the RAF Ground and Air crews for operating on the CL-13 Mk.4s that were being built almost exclusively for the RAF, As the F.4s came into service not long after the F.2s they were assimilated into the F.4 Squadrons which is where the trail goes cold, from what I have found they were either retired after the F.4s reached full operational capability or they were retained up until the F.4s were taken out of service in 1957.

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Two Sabre F.2s (Background) flying beside a new F.4 (foreground)

The Early Unpainted scheme of the F.2s

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The paint scheme of a Sabre F.2 in service with 92 Squadron

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an RAF F.2 (Foreground) Refueling beside several other Sabres

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The production line for CL-13 Mk.2s in Canada

Specifications

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Crew / passengers One pilot in ejection seat
Powerplant General Electric J-47-GE-13 turbojet at 5,200 lb (2,360 kg) thrust
Maximum speed 590 mph (949 km/h)
Service ceiling 47,200 ft (14 386 m)
Empty weight 10,434 lb (4,737 kg)
Gross weight 14,577 lb (6,618 kg)
Span 37 ft 11Β½ in (11.57 m)
Length 37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)
Height 14 ft 9 in (4.50 m)
Wing area 287.9 sq ft (26.74 m2)
Armament Six .50-cal machine guns plus provisions for tanks, bombs and rockets (unguided)

Place in game

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Whilst this probably would not fit in the Tech tree (Britain has both the F.4 and the South african Mk.6 it could get instead) I feel this would fit well as a potential Premium or Event vehicle in Future, Functionally it would not perform that different to the Existing Mk.4s already in game and would help bring a manoeuvrable aircraft to diversify the British 8.7 lineups/

Sources

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Canadair CL-13 Sabre
Canadair CL-13 "Sabre" jet fighter and proposed derivatives | Secret Projects Forum
https://www.canada.ca/en/air-force/services/aircraft/f-86-sabre.html
https://www.keymodelworld.com/article/raf-sabre-history

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Definitely yes, would branch out and give Britain some more fighters around that bracket.

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It would be nice to have this as a premium vehicle for Britain alongside it’s tech tree F.4 counterpart.
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