Precision Aerial Demonstration Team

GOLDEN SABRES

HISTORY. The newest of the Philippine Air Force's aerobatics teams, the Golden Sabres of the 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron was established in March 1972 to demonstrate the precision flying skills which PAF pilots are capable of achieving. All maneuvers of the team are basically the same as what every fighter pilot does and the aircraft, which they fly, are unimpaired in their combat capabilities with the exception of smoke generators to enhance public viewing. The Golden Sabres and heir aircraft are combat ready and at a moment's notice can cut short their demonstration, load fuel, ammunition and missiles and be ready to perform their combat missions.

The Golden Sabres' maiden performance at Iba, Zambales on April 9, 1972 drew raves from the very large crowd present and under the able leadership of Major Antonio M. Bautista, they hope to be able to thrill more crowds in the future.

In their repertoire are maneuver sequences like the whifferdill, loop, roll left, loop in trail switch, roll in trail switch left, solo stunt, loop to bomb burst, cross-under, rejoin, solo stunt, 360 degree level turn (dirty), 360 degree level turn (clean) to whifferdill and pitch out & landing.

THE AIRCRAFT. The F-86F is a single seater, high performance day fighter basically designed as a high altitude and high speed fighter aircraft. It is used effectively for ground support having provisions for external installations of bombs, rockets and missiles.

Its firepower can be equalled to a regiment of ground forces. Some of its armaments are six .50 caliber machine guns, a pair of infra-red sidewinder air-to-air missiles, a variety of bombs, and 2.75 and 5 inch high velocity aerial rockets.

Having been maintained effectively by pilots and maintenance men of the Philippine Air Force, the F-86F will stay as an effective deterring force of this country for a long time to come.

F-86F Sabre 

THE "GOLDEN SABRES" TEAM

CAPT BALAJADIA J V

Alternate Leader/ L Wing

Baguio City

MAJ BAUTISTA A M

Team Leader

Los Baņos, Laguna

1LT LINTAO R L

Right Wing

Isabela

2LT REVECHO R M

Solo/ Alternate Left Wing

Surigao City

LT NAVARRETE E L

Slot

Nueva Ecija

2LT NIEVA R L

Solo/ Alternate Right Wing

Batangas

1LT HOSANA E C

Maintenance Officer

Quezon

1LT CIRON R F

Project Officer

Iriga City

2LT BUNUAN V C III

Narrator

Quezon City

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