Now an ex-RCAF Sabre, 23096 was purchased by Boeing and has just arrived for its new life as a chase plane in their flight test division.
Internet sources giving varying dates when Boeing took delivery – 1962 or December 1967. For two reasons I say ’62: The Canadian Red Ensign on the tail was replaced by the Maple Leaf in 1965. Okay, maybe they were slow in adding the new flag, but there is more… In the background of photo 2 there is no I-5 freeway. By Dec. 1967, this highway had been completed for almost a year. In 1962, the construction had yet to begin.