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About the same time Jacqueline Cochran was looking for an F-86 Sabre to set some speed records with. She was a very well known American pilot married to a very well off industrialist, Fred Odlum. She had been trying, unsuccessfully, to procure a USAF jet for her attempts. After meeting AVM W.A. Curtis, chief of the RCAF and having him make a request to Mr. Brooke Claxton, the Minister of National Defense, they authorized Canadair to permit her to use the Mark 3 Sabre, but insisted she sign on as a company consultant with special flying duties at Canadair to use their jet.


Jacqueline Cochran posed in front of T-38

In November 1952, she came up to Montreal and had Bill Longhurst check her out on the T-33. The record attempts were to be made between Ottawa and Montreal but there was no proper measurement equipment in place. It was decided to fly the aircraft to Edwards AFB in California. On April 8, 1953, Bill Longhurst flew the airplane, powered by the J47, down while a sixteen man support team of performance engineers and ground crew from Canadair and Orenda, led by Lewis Chow, went along to supervise the test flights. The Orenda engine was shipped down separately.

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