The Golden Hawks were a Canadian military aerobatic flying team established in 1959 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Initially a six-plane team was envisioned as performing for only one year with the Canadair Sabre 5, but the Golden Hawks were so popular after their 1959 show season that the team was re-established for 1960. The Golden Hawks continued performing for three more seasons until they were disbanded, ostensibly for financial reasons, on February 7, 1964, having flown a total of 317 shows across North America.
Based on the North American F-86 Sabre, the Canadian Sabres flown by the Golden Hawks were manufactured by Canadair Limited of Montreal.
The Mark V Sabre was the first production model with a Canadian engine utilizing the Orenda 10 version rated at 6,355 lbs thrust. After the construction of 370 Mk V aircraft, Canadair moved on to the the Mark VI with a two stage Orenda 14 engine with a 7,275 lb thrust rating.
The Golden Hawks initially flew Mk V aircraft but were soon equipped with the Mk VI aircraft.
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