Sabreliner Aircraft Timeline


  • Timken-Detroit Axle Company formed, predecessor of Rockwell-Standard Corp.



  • Standard Steel Spring Company formed, predecessor of Rockwell-Standard Corp.
  • Equitable Meter Co. formed



  • North American Aviation Inc. formed in Delaware



  • Absorbed Berliner-Joyce Aircraft Corp.



  • Acquired General Aviation Mfg. Corp., Baltimore Md.; Berliner-Joyce dissolved



  • North American Aviation, Inglewood and Downet, Ca.



  • Remmert-Werner started on Lambert Field as a partnership
  • Rockwell Manufacturing Co. formed from Equitable Meter



  • Remmert-Werner began corporate aviation by completing the first DC-3 for executive use for Monsanto Chemical Company



  • Remmert-Werner Air Service became incorporated as Remmert-Werner, Inc.



  • Remmert-Werner, Inc. received FAA Repair Station certificate #3919



  • Remmert-Werner, Inc. expanded to Perryville, Mo. airport under the name of Beldex Corporation




  • UTX prototype Sabreliner made its first flight with GE J85 engines from Palmdale Airport in California
  • Timken-Detroit Axle Co. and Standard Steel Spring Co. merged to form Rockwell Standard



  • First flight of a production T-39A with P&W J60-P3 engines



  • 1961First T-39B delivered to the USAF
  • T-39 flight test completed
  • The first operational T-39A delivered to the USAF




  • 154 T-39A aircraft delivered to the USAF



  • 1962Sabreliner Models T-39A, T-39B and T-39D received their FAA type certificates
  • Sabreliner Model 40, S/N 282-001, in work at North American Aviation
  • Assigned FAA registration number N571R, Sabreliner Model 40, S/N 282-001, had a custom interior installed at Remmert-Werner in St. Louis. Planned for use as a demonstrator, demand for the popular aircraft caused it to be sold to an operator almost immediately.
  • The Sabreliner division of North American appointed Remmert-Werner as sole distributor for Sabreliner aircraft




  • The Navy acquired 42 T-39D aircraft to be used for radar intercept officer trainers
  • The Sabreliner Model 40 received its FAA type certificate
  • The first commercial Sabreliner, S/N 282-002, delivered to Pet Milk Co. for a selling price of $989,982. The aircraft is still in service today with the U.S. military.
  • Last T-39 produced for the USAF; total of 143 built




  • 19 Model 40s completed and delivered
  • Last T-39D produced; total of 42 built




  • The Sabreliner Model 60 awarded its FAA airworthiness certificate
  • The first Model 60, S/N 306-003, delivered to Air Reduction Co.
  • North American Aviation and Rockwell Standard Corp. merged to become North American Rockwell Corp.




  • Production of the Model 40 stopped with the delivery of S/N 282-097 to the FAA
  • Thrust reversers certified for use on Sabreliner aircraft
  • North American Rockwell purchased Remmert-Werner
  • Pratt & Whitney extended the time between overhaul on JT12A-6A from 1,700 hours to 1,800 hours; the JT-12A-8 also increased from 1,200 hours to 1,400 hours



  • First flight of the Model 70



  • The Remmert-Werner name changed to Aviation Service Division of North American Rockwell
  • Production of the Model 60 stopped in Los Angeles
  • Model 70 received its FAA type certificate



  • Production of the Model 70 began in Los Angeles



  • First delivery of a Model 70 aircraft to Michigan Wisconsin Pipeline Co., 371-004
  • Model 40 production restarted with Model 40A. S/N 282-098 arrived in Perryville from Los Angeles for paint, interior and avionics. This was the first installation of a Collins AP105 Autopilot in a Sabreliner.
  • First flight of a Model 75A conducted from the General Electric test center is Mojave, Ca.
  • Official start of SMIP – Sabreliner Maintenance Inspection Program



  • 1973Model 60 production restarted
  • North American Rockwell merged with Rockwell Manufacturing Co. and became Rockwell International
  • The Sabreliner Model 80 received its FAA type certificate




  • The first Model 80, S/N 380-001, delivered to N.L. Industries, Inc. at a price of $1,917,379
  • 10 Sabreliners completed in September at Perryville: two Model 40s, five Model 60s and three Model 80s
  • Last Model 40 delivered, S/N 282-137
  • Rockwell International renamed its Aviation Services Division the Sabreliner Division and moved the marketing department from Los Angeles to St. Louis



  • Sabreliner Model 80 FAA Flight Inspection Aircraft received its FAA type certificate



  • 1976Development of the NA265-65 began
  • Perryville began operating with a Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) from the FAA
  • Life extension program developed, extending the originally certified 10,000 hour or 10,000 cycle life of Sabreliners to 30,000 hours/30,000 cycles. The engineering department moved to St. Louis.
  • Rockwell International and Raisbeck Group signed an agreement to design a super critical wing




  • First flight of the Model 65
  • The 500th Sabreliner delivered to Procter & Gamble Co. Perryville received its production certificate, allowing final assembly and initial flight testing to occur in Perryville.



  • T1979he last Model 60, S/N 306-146, delivered to Millipore Corp.
  • The last Model 75A, S/N 380-072, delivered to Saudi-Oger, LTD.
  • The Model 65 received its FAA type certificate
  • The first Model 65, S/N 465-12, delivered to Sr. Vasquez Rana




  • The 600th Sabreliner (including T-39s) delivered to Standard Oil Co. of California
  • The Sabre 65 set several long-range flight records including:
    • New York to San Francisco: 2285 NM in 6 hours, 1 minute, 33 seconds at a speed of 436 statute MPH
    • San Francisco to Boston: 2361 NM in 5 hours, 1 minute, 15 seconds at a speed of 541 statute MPH
    • Boston to Paris: 3054 NM in 6 hours, 39 minutes, 20 seconds at a speed of 528 statute MPH
  • The most deliveries of new Sabreliner aircraft – 41 Model 65s delivered



  • Sabreliner Division announced an aircraft remanufacturing program called the Model 40R
  • First 40R delivered to AMP. A total of six a/c modified under the 40R program.
  • The last production Model 65, S/N 465-076, delivered to Acopian Technical Co.
  • Total Sabreliner fleet included 631 aircraft – 191 military and 440 commercial



  • Rockwell halted new aircraft production. With new a/c production stopped and the future of the Sabreliner Division uncertain, primary effort shifted to selling the remaining 23 used a/c in inventory and concentrating on Sabreliner service and parts sales.




  • The partners of Wolsey & Company formed the Sabreliner Corporation on June 16, 1983.
  • On June 30, 1983 Rockwell International sold its Sabreliner Division to Wolsey & Co., a New York investment company formed in 1980. Included in the purchase were $30 million in spare parts inventory, a facility at Lambert Field in St. Louis, a facility in Perryville, Mo. and all of the production tooling and FAA production and repair station certificates. F. Holmes Lamoreux, a partner in Wolsey, became President and Chief Executive Officer.
  • Remanufactured Sabre aircraft named the “Silver Edition” introduced



  • Sabreliner switched from an aircraft production certificate to an aircraft parts production certificate



  • The Excalibur modification, which extended the service life of 40 and 60 models to 15,000 hours, completed on Sabreliner S/N 306-037 and delivered to North American Royalties
  • SMIP sold to CAMP Systems International, Inc.




  • Dedicated engine test cell and 30,000 square foot hangar added in Perryville



  • Sabreliner reacquired the first Sabreliner ever built, S/N 282-001




  • Sabreliner Corp. unveiled 282-001 at its annual Operators Symposium after the aircraft was refurbished by the experts at the Perryville, Mo. service and support operation; the company named the aircraft Sabre One and began to use it as its own corporate jet
  • An innovative inspection and maintenance program, called Sabre 2000, introduced. The program consolidated structural inspections, provided a corrosion warranty and increased the service life of the aircraft.




  • Sabreliner developed a composite side panel interior modification, increasing cabin space and reducing the aircraft's weight



  • Sabreliner received Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums (RVSM) certification for the Sabre 65, making it the best value in RVSM-capable aircraft



  • Sabre 65 RVSM Group Certification received




  • Acquired the Capris 50-200 Laser Wire Marker from Spectrum Technologies to laser print vs. hot stamp codes on avionics wiring, virtually eliminating the potential for damage to wires that could result in a system failure
  • Upgraded engine test cell to include Howell’s AEDATS III (Automated Engine Data Acquisition Test System) – to monitor and record engine performance – making it one of the most advanced test cells in the industry



  • Introduced new inspection program for the Model 40 and 60, adding 2,000 hours of service life
  • Partnered with Kohlman Systems Research (KSR) and Aviation Material and Technical Support (AVMATS) for joint development of an RVSM solution for the Sabreliner Model 80 fleet



  • Sabre 80 RVSM Group Certification received
  • Developed RVSM solutions for remainder of Sabreliner Models with AP 105 or APS 80 autopilots



  • Added a second laser wire marking system, the M-100L from Tri-Star Technologies




  • After ten years of service for Sabreliner Corp., Sabre One received its second upgrade including:
    • Updated exterior paint scheme, shifting to use of corporate colors
    • Revitalized interior design with new color scheme in upholstery, accent fabrics and carpet
    • Refurbished cabin seats and aft divan, including re-webbing of seat belts and replacement of foam
    • Re-covered cockpit seats with new Aero Lamb Sheepskin
    • Re-plated interior hardware from previous gold to satin nickel
    • Latest avionics technology - Dual Collins ADS-80K Air Data System, Honeywell CAS-67A Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), Honeywell KGP-860 Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), Avidyne EX 500 Multi-Function Display and Iridium antennae.



  • Purchased the DIT-MCO Model 2115 Automated Test System for testing wire harnesses; the system ensures the harness is totally free of any defects prior to installation on the aircraft or shipment to a customer