Today in History – May 15, 1959 – RCAF “Golden Hawks” fly gold-finished F-86’s

15 May 1959 – “The newly-formed RCAF aerobatic team, the “Golden Hawks”, flying gold-finished North American F-86 Sabre, performed its first demonstration at Torbay, Newfoundland. The aerobatic flying team was established in 1959 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the RCAF and the “Golden” 50th anniversary of Canadian flight, which began with the AEA Silver Dart in 1909.

Not only did the team perform standard loops and rolls in very tight formation, but they also introduced their own trademark maneuvers. The Golden Hawks pioneered a two-aircraft head-on coordinated solo program which virtually every military team since has adopted in various ways. They also invented the Card 5 Maneuver, where five aircraft fly in a card formation, two up front, one in the middle, two in the back. They also created the Coordinated Two Aircraft 360, where two aircraft fly in opposite directions at low level at about 350 miles an hour, at about seven gravities, in a horizontal circle and pass each other on both sides of the circle.

The legacy of the Golden Hawks lives on with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.” (1)

Source: (1) Wikipedia

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