Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Aircraft preserved in Canada 9b: Warplanes in Nova Scotia, Shearwater Aviation Museum

Canadian Warplanes preserved in Nova Scotia

Shearwater Aviation Museum

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document every historical Warplane preserved in Canada.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website.  Photos are by the author unless otherwise credited.  Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Warplanes in Canada would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at

Data current to 7 May 2018.

Shearwater, CFB Shearwater, Shearwater Aviation Museum (SAM), 12 Wing.

Beechcraft Expeditor, being restored.

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star (Serial No. 133038), (Serial No. 21038).  Silver, VU32, RCN.

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star (Serial No. 133618), low visibility, 439 Squadron.

Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114075).

Fairey Firefly F.R. Mk. I  in flight.  (RCN Photo)

 (Photos courtesy of Paul Mitcheltree)

Fairey Firefly F.R. Mk. I (Serial No. PP462).

Fairey Swordfish Mk. II, on display in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 29 Sep 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390387)

Fairey Swordfish Mk. II (Serial No. HS469), FB 3S 126A, C-GRCN, 1943.

Grumman TBM-3W Avenger aircraft on the flight deck of the Canadian aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent (CVL 21), circa 1953.  (USN Photo)

Grumman Avenger AS.3 aircraft flying past the Canadian aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent (CVL 21), circa 1953.  (USN Photo)

General Motors (Grumman) TBM-3 Avenger (Serial No. 85861/TFD).

General Motors (Grumman) TBM-3E Avenger (Serial No. 53610), C-FIMR.  Aircraft No. 23.  Flown to the Shearwater Aviation Museum on 26 July 2012.

de Havilland Canada (Grumman) CS2F-1/CP-121 Tracker (Serial No. 121157).

de Havilland Canada (Grumman) CS2F-1/CP-121 Tracker (Serial No. X5000), (Serial No. 1501).

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 101063).

 (RCN Photos)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee (Serial No. 126402), formerly with VR 870 Squadron, RCN.

North American NA-66 Harvard Mk. II (Serial No. 2777).

Piaseki HUP-3 helicopter, RCN, ca 1950s.  (Library and Archives Canada Photos, MIKAN No. 4821166 and 4821167)

Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever Helicopter, painted as RCN (Serial No. 51-16621), 245.

Sikorsky HO4S-3, RCN,ca 1957.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821305)

Sikorsky HO4S-3, RCN, 5 April 1957.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821233)

Sikorsky HO4S-3 Horse Helicopter (Serial No. 739B), (55885).

Sikorsky HO4S-3 Horse Helicopter (Serial No. A740), (55891).

Canadian Vickers (Supermarine) Stranraer, RCAF, 7 Apr 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584227)

Supermarine 304 Stranraer, RCAF (Serial No. 915), CV-205, CF-BYJ, “Nootka Queen,” Queen Charlotte Air Lines.

This aviation handbook is designed to be used as a quick reference to the classic military heritage aircraft that have been flown by members of the Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and the Canadian Forces. The interested reader will find useful information and a few technical details on most of the military aircraft that have been in service with active Canadian squadrons both at home and overseas. 100 selected photographs have been included to illustrate a few of the major examples in addition to the serial numbers assigned to Canadian service aircraft. For those who like to actually see the aircraft concerned, aviation museum locations, addresses and contact phone numbers have been included, along with a list of aircraft held in each museum's current inventory or on display as gate guardians throughout Canada and overseas. The aircraft presented in this edition are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type. Although many of Canada's heritage warplanes have completely disappeared, a few have been carefully collected, restored and preserved, and some have even been restored to flying condition. This guide-book should help you to find and view Canada's Warplane survivors.

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