CL-13A Mk 5

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CL-13A Sabre Mk 5
General characteristics
1 personCrew
9.53 tTake-off weight
5.2 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
14700 mCeiling
Avro Canada Orenda 10Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1170 km/hStructural
350 km/hGear
Offensive armament
6 x 12.7 mm M3 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
1800 roundsAmmunition
1200 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
16 x HVAR rocketsSetup 1
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombSetup 2
380000 Rp icon.pngResearch
990000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png12000 / 16211/10520 / 14212/3000 / 4052Repair
280000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
990000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2200 Ge icon.pngAces
214 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
360 % Sl icon.png300 % Sl icon.png100 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the German jet fighter CL-13A Mk 5. For other variants, see F-86 (Family).


GarageImage CL-13A Mk 5.jpg

The CL-13A Sabre Mk 5 is a rank VI German jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.3 (AB), 9.3 (RB), and 9.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.39.

General info

Flight performance

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 1,103 1,097 14700 24.5 25.7 39.9 36.4 650
Upgraded 1,123 1,114 23.7 24.0 59.8 49.3


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1170 350 620 620 350 ~12 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 850 < 600 < 650 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Empty mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Avro Canada Orenda 10 1 5,330 kg 235 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight (each) Type 7m fuel 20m fuel 24m fuel
1,160 kg Axial-flow turbojet 5,716 kg 6,412 kg 6,626 kg 9,530 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (108%)
Condition 100% WEP 7m fuel 20m fuel 24m fuel MTOW
Stationary 2,818 kgf N/A 0.49 0.44 0.43 0.30
Optimal 2,818 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.49 0.44 0.43 0.30

Survivability and armour

  • 6.35 mm steel - in front of cockpit
  • 12.7 mm steel - pilot's seat
  • 20 mm steel - pilot's head rest
  • 38 mm bulletproof glass - armoured windscreen
  • Engine and fuel tanks take up most of fuselage
  • More fuel tanks in wings


Offensive armament

Main article: M3 Browning (12.7 mm)

The CL-13A Mk 5 is armed with:

  • 6 x 12.7 mm M3 Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (300 rpg = 1,800 total)

Suspended armament

The CL-13A Mk 5 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 16 x HVAR rockets
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs (2,000 lb total)

Usage in battles

Speed is everything. Reach around 1000 kph and then 10 to 20 degree climb then level out before dropping below 750 km/h IAS.

Watch out for planes like F-86F-2 Sabres and Hunters. These two you'll see the most and they will see you as a big threat since you pretty much out-perform them in every aspect. Destroy them before they pose any threat to you.

The CL-13's energy fighting capabilities outperform most if not all enemies of the same BR. Engagements should always occur on your terms, if you are in a bad situation make use of the Mk. 5's acceleration and roll rate to pull away if possible, then re-engage in an advantageous position.

The Mk.5's main pitfall is its lacklustre armament of six M3 machine guns. Often, sustained fire is the only way to down an enemy short of a pilot snipe. Snapshots will often result in a few hits and an enemy still very much in the fight. However, the high velocity and large ammo count makes accuracy a secondary concern. Pilots should not hesitate to douse their enemies in a hail of machine gun fire, as even a few hits can cripple the enemy and open them up for a second, fatal pass. Engaging in head-on passes with enemies sometimes leads to success owing to the velocity of the M3s, but pilots should be careful to start firing at significant distance and peel off before the 1.0 km mark to avoid enemy fire. Whilst dogfighting, the best shot of finishing engagements lies in exploiting the CL-13's energy superiority and forcing the enemy to bleed speed to the point where they are sitting ducks for your guns. This should not come at the cost of losing one's own speed, however, as the Mk. 5's high speed manoeuvrability falls off very quickly and can leave you as the sitting duck instead.


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Compressor Offensive 12 mm
II New boosters Airframe FRC mk.2
III Wings repair Engine New 12 mm MGs
IV G-suit Cover FLBC mk.1

Pros and cons


  • Excellent roll rate at all speeds
  • Flying tail elevator provides insane manoeuvrability at higher speeds
  • High velocity heavy machine gun armament
  • High rate of fire .50 cal M3 machine guns
  • Turn rate is very good (not better than F-86A-5/F-40 Sabre)
  • Very good climb rate against all jets
  • Better acceleration than most 9.0 jets, accelerating more than any other Sabre in game
  • All round aircraft (good at AB, RB, and SB)


  • Low speed manoeuvrability worse than earlier jets
  • Installed boosters breaks your wings if pulled over 12 G
  • Weak landing gears
  • Its excessive flight performance very often causes overconfidence, which can prove deadly


The CL-13 Series

The CL-13 series of aircraft were built by Canadair under licence from North American Aviation. These fighters would be operated by Canada until 1958, and a variety of other nations until much later, with the last variants being retired by the Pakistani Air Force in 1980. There were two major production runs of the aircraft. The first, the Mk. 2 and Mk. 4's with just under 1,000 built, were very similar to their US counterparts, with minor differences. The second run, the Mk. 5's and Mk. 6's of similar numbers, were patterned on the later versions North American Sabre, with larger wings for improved maneuverability. The major difference lay in the replacement of the General Electric J47 engine with the locally-designed more-powerful Avro Canada Orenda. The Mk. 6, with a more powerful two-stage version of the Orenda and improved control surfaces, is generally considered the best of all Sabre variants.

The CL-13 Mk. 5

On 30 July 1953, the first Sabre Mk.5 flew with the Orenda 10 engine, which gave it a clear rate of climb and ceiling advantage over earlier variants. This improvement was accompanied by a new oxygen system and superior maneuverability and low-speed characteristics achieved by increasing the wing chord by six in. (15.2 cm) at the root and three in. (7.2 cm) at the wing tip. The aircraft also made use of a small vertical wing fence, a modification originated by North American on the F-86F, which dramatically improved maneuverability. Earlier variants of the CL-13 were equipped with leading edge wing slats that were removed in the Mk.5, leading to increased landing speed and considerably degraded low speed handling. The increase in engine power also came at the cost of range, a full 20 percent less than that of the F-86F. Canadair built 370 Mk. 5s with the majority designated to replace older Sabre variants in RCAF air squadrons.

Service in the Luftwaffe

In 1956 the newly-revived West German Luftwaffe ordered 225 Canadair CL-13 Mk. 6s to outfit 3 day-fighter wings. In advance of the delivery, 75 retired Royal Canadian Air Force Mk. 5s were supplied to the training unit Waffenschule 10 to facilitate the conversion of pilots to the Sabre. By April of 1960 about 25 of these aircraft remained airworthy, down from a peak of 65 in early 1959. All of the remaining Mk. 5s were scrapped or sold by March of 1962.[1]


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Related development
  • Canadair Sabre (those Sabres manufactured with the designator "CL")
  • North American F-86A/F
  • North American F-86D Sabre
  • North American F-100 Super Sabre
  • North American FJ-4 Fury
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links


Canadair Limited
Fighters  CL-13A Mk 5* · CL-13 Mk.4* · CL-13B Mk.6*
  * These aircraft were license-built from North American Aviation who developed and built the F-86 Sabre fighter.

Germany jet aircraft
Ar 234  Ar 234 B-2 · Ar 234 C-3
He 162  He 162 A-1 · He 162 A-2
Ho 229  Ho 229 V3
Me 163  Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0
Me 262  Me 262 A-1a · Me 262 A-1a/U1 · Me 262 A-1/U4 · Me 262 A-2a · Me 262 C-1a · Me 262 C-2b
USA  CL-13A Mk 5 · CL-13B Mk.6 · ▀F-86K · F-104G
USSR  ▀MiG-15bis · ▀MiG-19S · ▀MiG-21MF · ▀IL-28
Britain  Sea Hawk Mk.100
Italy  ▀G.91 R/3 · ▀G.91 R/4