|Both drawings from The Canadian Aviation Historical Society Journal, Winter '86.|
Always referred to as "Swords" by Canadian airmen, North-American Aviation in California designed the Sabre but more than 1800 were built under license by Canadair in Montreal. Originating as the Canadian Vickers Company in 1944 to manufacture PBY Canso amphibians, Canadair was sold by the Mulroney government to Bombardier in 1986.
Thanks to Mister G for the colour photos above. He also informs me that Vintage Wings of Canada is currently flying one of these lovely aircraft: http://www.hawkone.ca/