Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warbird Survivors 2000, artwork illustrations

 

The purpose of this handbook is to provide aviation enthusiasts with a simple checklist on where to find the surviving retired military aircraft that are preserved in Canada. The majority of the Canadian Warbird Survivors are on display within a great number of well maintained aviation museums, many others are displayed as gate guards near or in a number of Canadian Forces Bases, and a good number are in the hands of private collectors. Many are not listed in any catalogue, but have been found by word of mouth or personal observation.

The museum staffs and volunteer organizations throughout Canada have done a particularly good job of preserving the great variety of Canadian military aircraft, illustrated here. Hopefully, as more aircraft are recovered from their crash sites in the bush and restored, traded or brought back from private owners, they too will be added to the record. The book lists the aircraft alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type. This list is also appended with a brief summary of the aircraft presently on display within the nation and a bit of its history within the Canadian Forces.  This book was updated in 2005. 

In the first of the many updates for this handbook the author used his own artwork to illustrate most of the military aircraft flown by Canadians.  For a photographic update on military aircraft preserved in Canada, see the sections on this website on "Canadian Warbirds" and "Canadian Warplanes".

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. V, used for the cover of "Canadian Warbird Survivors 2000".  Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20, CFB Greenwood Aviation Museum collection, Nova Scotia.

Blackburn Shark floatplane.  Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20, CFB Shearwater Aviation Museum collection, Nova Scotia.

Supermarine Stranraer flying boat, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  CFB Greenwood Aviation Museum collection, Nova Scotia.

Canadian Car and Foundry (Grumman) G-23 Goblin biplane fighter, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  CFB Greenwood Aviation Museum collection, Nova Scotia.

Avron Anson, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  New Brunswick Military History Museum collection, CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick.

Noordyn Norseman floatplane, CF-BSC "Big Black", Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  Private collection, Washington D.C., USA.

Canadian Car and Foundry (Hawker) Sea Hurricane, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20, University of King's College collection, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  University of New Brunswick collection, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  Western Canada Aviation Museum collection, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Westland Whirlwind, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  CFB Greenwood Aviation Museum collection, Nova Scotia.

Fairchild (Bristol) Bolingbroke Mk. V, No. 119 Squadron, RCAF, being restored at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.  Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.

Handley-Page Hampden, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  CFB Greenwood Aviation Museum collection, Nova Scotia.

Avro Lancaster with radial engines, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  Private collection, Ottawa, Ontario.

Handley-Page Halifax, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  Private Collection, Ottawa, Ontario.

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, RCAF (Serial No. 9204), Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.

Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  CFB Greenwood Aviation Museum collection, Nova Scotia.

Bristol Beaufighter, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  CFB Greenwood Aviation Museum collection, Nova Scotia.

Consoldiated B-24J Liberator, marked AK, No. 5 OTU, RCAF.  Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.

Grumman G50 (F6F-5) Hellcat Mk. II, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy, flown by Canadians serving in the British Pacific Fleet against Japan.  Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.

Grumman AS3 (ex-USN TBM-3E) Avenger, RCN, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20, Fredericton Airport collection, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Grumman TBF Avenger, C-GLEK, (ex-USN BuNo. 85733), Reg. No. N6824C, No. 14, Forest Protection Limited colours.  Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20, Forest Protection Ltd, Fredericton Airport, New Brunswick.  One of 30 owned by FPL.  This aircraft was lost in a crash.

North American B-25J Mitchell, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  CFB Greenwood Aviation Museum collection, Nova Scotia.

The RCAF was an important user of the B-25 Mitchell, although most of the RCAF use of the 162 Mitchells delivered was postwar. The first B-25s for the RCAF had originally been diverted to Canada from RAF orders. These included one Mitchell I, 42 Mitchell IIs, and 19 Mitchell IIIs. No 13 (P) Squadron was formed unofficially at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario in May 1944.  They operated Mitchell IIs on high-altitude aerial photography sorties.  The No. 5 OTU (Operational Training Unit) at Boundary Bay, British Columbia and Abbotsford, British Columbia operated the Mitchell in the training role together with B-24 Liberators for Heavy Conversion as part of the BCATP.  No. 418 (Auxiliary) Squadron received its first Mitchell IIs in January 1947.  It was followed by No. 406 (Auxiliary) Squadron which flew Mitchell IIIs from April 1947 to June 1958. No. 418 Squadron operated a mix of Mk. IIs and IIIs until March 1958. No. 12 Squadron of Air Transport Command also flew Mitchell IIIs along with other types from September 1956 to November 1960.  In 1951, the RCAF received an additional 75 B-25Js from USAF stocks to make good attrition and to equip various second line units.  The RCAF retained the Mitchell until October 1963.

Vought F4U Corsair, as flown by RCNVR Lt (N) Hampton Gray, VC, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  University of King's College collection, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

de Havilland Sea Hornet, Oil on canvas panel, 18" X 24".

de Havilland DH 98 Mosquito, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  This painting was initially with the Peterson Air Museum collection in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  It moved with the Canadian NORAD Museum collection to the Base Borden Military Museum, CFB Borden, Ontario, where it is currently on display in the Aviation section of the museum.

Douglas Boston, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  CFB Greenwood Aviation Museum collection, Nova Scotia.

Gloster Meteor, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.   CFB Greenwood Aviation Museum collection, Nova Scotia.

Canadair CT-33 Silver Star, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.   CFB Greenwood Aviation Museum collection, Nova Scotia.

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4 (Serial No. 18297), C/N 197, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.   CFB Greenwood Aviation Museum collection, Nova Scotia.

Avro CF-105 Arrows, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  Charlottetown Flight Centre, Charlottetown Airport, Prince Edward Island.

McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo over the rockies.  Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20, Western Canada Aviation Museum collection, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  CFB Greenwood Aviation Museum collection, Nova Scotia.

CFPT SkyHawks, Twin Otter exit.  Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.

CFPT SkyHawks DC-3 exit.  Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.

CFPT SkyHawks, C-130 Hercules exit.  Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.

Bell CH-146 Griffon helicopter, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  New Brunswick Military History Museum collection, CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick.

Canadair CP-107 Argus, Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20.  Private collection, Ottawa, Ontario.

McDonnell Douglas CF-188 Hornet in D-Day commemorative markings.  Oil on canvas panel, 16 X 20, CFB Greenwood Aviation Museum collection, Nova Scotia.