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ex-RAAF
Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA-27 Sabre Mk.32
in Malaysian service

     
  Sabre A94-983 as FM1983
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In 1969 Australia announced that in was to donate 18 refurbished ex-RAAF Sabre jets to Malaysia
This page attempts to documents their history with the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) orTentera Udara DiRaja Malaysia (TUDM)

Serial confusion?

The RMAF initially issued serials in the form FM-1xxx, with xxx being the RAAF serial suffix
ie A94-948 became FM-1948 and A94-367 became FM-1367

Later the serials were changed to the form FM-19xx. with xx being the last two digits of the construction number (c/n)

ie A94-948 (c/n CA27-48) remains FM-1948 but A94-367 (c/n CA27-107) becomes FM-1907

There appears to have been a further change of serial with FM-1900, FM-1901, FM-1906 and FM-1908 being noted.
These serials do not follow either of the above methods
ie c/n CA27-100 was A94-360 but that was destroyed in 1962 and c/n CA27-101 was A94-361 that went to Indonesia.
RAAF serials of these aircraft is unknown.
This final change of serials may of been to fill in the gaps in the numbering sequence or maybe these aircraft were composite airframes.
The photo we have of FM-1901 shows a definite misalignment in the roundel at the fuselage break point suggesting that the fuselage sections may be from different aircraft.

Some serials had a hyphen ie FM-1902 whilst others don't ie FM1900. For clarity I have included a hyphen in all serials.

 
     
 
RMAF.Serial RAAF.Serial Construction
Number
Aircraft history
FM-1900 A94-??? CA27-?? I have been unable to establish the identity of this aircraft
Preserved at Alor Setar AFB

Sabre FM-1900 
Alor Setar AFB 
Photo Mohd Ismail

FM-1901 A94-??? CA27-?? I have been unable to establish the identity of this aircraft
Some reports seem to indicate that it may of been A94-365/FM-1905
I would welcome any verification.

This "Koku Fan" magazine photo shows Sabres FM-1901 and FM-1908. We have been unable to tie their serials in with their original RAAF serials.
Any ideas?

FM-1902
FM-1362
A94-362 CA27-102 Free Issue to RMAF 11 Sqn 19/08/69 as FM-1362 (later changed to FM-1902), phased out 1976.
Displayed at TUDM Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-362
as FM-1902

FM-1903
FM-1363
A94-363 CA27-103 Free Issue to RMAF 11 Sqn 19/08/69 as FM-1363 (later changed to FM-1903), phased out 1976.
Reported to be on display at Butterworth however with no other information nor photos we do know if it is on the gate or within the base.

Sabre A94-363 
as FM1363
Butterworth 1974 
Photo Kurt Finger

FM-1904
FM-1364
A94-364 CA27-104 Free Issue to RMAF 11 Sqn 19/08/69 as FM-1364 (later changed to FM-1904), phased out 1976.
Displayed as FM19-17 (sic) on outdoor display at the museum in Taiping, Perak Malaysia.

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-364
as FM-1904

FM-1905
FM-1365
A94-365 CA27-105 Free Issue to RMAF 11 Sqn 19/08/69 as FM-1365 (later changed FM-1905), phased out 1976.
There are 2 aircraft on display marked as FM-1905.
One was the long time gate guard at Butterworth Air Force Base.
This was replaced as gate guard in 2011 by a Northrop F-5E Freedom Fighter and repositioned to outside the officers mess (wisma periwa)

Sabre FM-1905
Photo by Martin Kyburz / Swiss Mustangs

The second aircraft marked as FM-1905 is at the Royal Pahang Museum.

The other Sabre FM-1905
Royal Pahang Museum 
Pekan Pahang 
6th December 2006

FM-1906 A94-??? CA27-?? I have been unable to establish the identity of this aircraft
FM-1907
FM-1367
A94-367 CA27-107 Free Issue to RMAF 11 Sqn 19/03/69 as FM-1367 (later changed to FM-1907), phased out 1976.
Currently on display at RMAF Museum, Simpang, Kuala Lumpur.
It has it's fuselage skin removed and the framework painted red.

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-367 as FM-1907

FM-1908 A94-??? CA27-?? I have been unable to establish the identity of this aircraft

This "Koku Fan" magazine photo shows Sabres FM-1901 and FM-1908. We have been unable to tie their serials in with their original RAAF serials.
Any ideas?

FM-1909
FM-1369
A94-369 CA27-109 Free Issue to RMAF 11 Sqn 17/08/69 as FM-1369 (later changed to FM-1909), phased out 1976.
To TNI-AU (Indonesia) as F-8619.
Exported to USA 1989 held by Ocotillo Wells, Aero Trader.
Current at Aero Traders, Ocotillo Wells, California, USA. .

Sabre A94-369 as RMAF FM1909

FM-1911
FM-1371
A94-371 CA27-111 Free Issue to RMAF 11 Sqn 19/08/69 as FM-1371 (later changed to FM-1911), phased out 1976.
FM-1946 A94-946 CA27-46 On 23/11/71 approval given for free transfer to Malaysia.
To 11 SQN RMAF 08/12/71 as FM1946, phased out 1976

Sabre A94-946 
as FM1946 
Butterworth 1974
Photo Kurt Finger

FM-1948 A94-948 CA27-48 On 23/11/71 approval given for free transfer to Malaysia.
To 11 SQN RMAF 08/12/71 as FM1948, phased out 1976
Noted at Butterworth 1982 being restored for static display
Mounted on a plinth at the Crown Prince of Johors' (Malaysia) palace.

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-948 
as FM-1948

FM-1978 A94-978 CA27-78 Free Issue to RMAF 11/71 as FM-1978, phased out 1976.
To TNI-AU (Indonesia) 07/76. as F-8620
FM-1979 A94-979 CA27-79 Free Issue to RMAF 11/71 as FM-1979, phased out 1976.
To TNI-AU (Indonesia) 07/76 as F-8621.
FM-1983 A94-983 CA27-83 Free Issue to RMAF 11/71 as FM-1983, phased out 1976.
Returned to RAAF 1977
Currently flies as VH-IPN with Temora Aviation Museum

Sabre FM-1983

FM-1987 A94-987 CA27-87 Free Issue to RMAF 11/71 as FM-1987, phased out 1976.
To TNI-AU (Indonesia) 07/7 as F-8623.

Sabre A94-987 
As FM-1987
Photo Paul Turner

FM-1993
FM-1353
A94-353 CA27-93 Free Issue to RMAF 11 Sqn 19/08/69 as FM-1353 and later FM-1993, phased out 1976.
To TNI-AU (Indonesia) 08/76 as F-8622
FM-1994
FM-1354
A94-354 CA27-94 Free Issue to RMAF 11 Sqn 19/08/69 as FM-1354 and later FM-1994, phased out 1976.

Sabre A94-354
Butterworth
c1969  
RAAF Photo via Paul Turner

FM-1996
FM-1356
A94-356 CA27-96 Free Issue to RMAF 11 Sqn 07/02/74 as FM-1356 and then FM-1996,
Believed to be used as Instructional Airframe retaining silver paint scheme
Phased out 1976.
Saunders Aviation Chino USA. offered -356 for sale 08/97.

Highlight for Album: Sabre A94-356

FM-1997
FM-1357
A94-357 CA27-97 Free Issue to RMAF 11 Sqn 08/12/71 as FM-1357 and later FM-1997, phased out 1976.
On transfer to the RMAF it was to be converted to Instructional Airframe No.10.
FM-1999
FM-1359
A94-359 CA27-99 To RMAF 11 Sqn 19/08/69 as FM-1359 and later FM-1999, phased out 1976.
"FM19-17" A94-364 CA27-104 FM-1904 painted as "FM19-17" on display at at the Taiping Museum

Sabre A94-364 (FM1904) wearing FM19-17

"REJ62"
A94-??? CA27-?? Unidentified Sabre marked as "REJ62 on display at Rejimen TUDM, Jugra, Malaysia

Unknown Sabre 
Marked REJ62
Rejimen TUDM
Jugra, Malaysia

FM-19?? A94-??? CA27-?? Unidentified Sabre fuselage at Butterworth

Highlight for Album: Unknown Sabre at Butterworth

 
   

RMAF Sabre
Photo Kurt Finger

 
 

This page written, managed and updated by Martin Edwards

 
     
 

References;

RAAF EE/88 Aircraft status cards
Duncan's F-86 Sabre Website
www.malaysianwings.net
http://garudamiliter.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/f-86-avon-sabre.html
Warbirds Today Series, "Sabre",
"Warbird Directory" by Paul Coggan 1992
Koku Fan magazine
Meteor, Sabre and Mirage in Australian Service" by Stewart Wilson,

 
     
  Updated 14th January 2014  
     

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