The last aerial encounter of 1971 War turned out to be a dogfight between a supersonic MIG-21 and the relatively slow and much older F-86 Sabre. The F-86 flown by Flight Lieutenant Maqsood Amir emerged as the victor and the Indian Mig-21 pilot Flight Lieutenant Tejwant Singh who ejected after being hit, was taken prisoner. Squadron Leader Rab Nawaz was the Radar Controller for this interception.
Retired North American F-86F Sabre (aircraft serial number 531182) of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) photographed by Peter Foster at PAF Base Peshawar in February 1991. PAF No. 15 Cobras Squadron emblem can be seen on the fuselage below the cockpit canopy.
F-86 Sabre 1815 MK6 was the final Sabre built by Canadair before it ceased production. It recorded six kills.
Designed by the North American Aviation Company of California, the Sabre was also built in Canada by the Canadair Company of Montreal. It was put into service by the United States Air Force in 1949. Canadair made 1,815 of them between August 1950 and October 1958. The Canadian-built planes served in the RCAF as well as the air forces of Britain, West Germany, Greece, Yugoslavia, Turkey, South Africa, Pakistan, Honduras, and Colombia.