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F-86 Sabre Golden Hawk soars again in Sarnia

After a two-year volunteer restoration project, the original F-86 Sabre Golden Hawk that has stood guard over the RCAF Memorial in Sarnia for 40 years was returned to its iconic perch on May 31, 2015.

Imperial Sarnia is very proud to have contributed $7,500 for jet fuel so Sarnia-born astronaut Chris Hadfield could perform an official flyover during the rededication ceremony in a refurbished F-86 brought to Sarnia from Quebec. Due to inclement weather the flyover was postponed.

The Sabre is one of the original Golden Hawk aircraft built in Canada by Canadians. In addition to honouring the memory of local air service personnel, the fighter jet monument is a tribute to the Canadian Air Force Golden Hawks aerobatic team – forerunners of today’s Snowbirds.

The plane was rededicated in honour of the late Golden Hawk Commander Jim McCombe. Imperial covered costs associated with bringing Cmdr. McCombe’s family to Sarnia for the event and will also support youth education initiatives of the Sarnia Foundation’s Golden Hawks Fund.

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