Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warbirds 6: Jets (Book)

Canadian Military Jets

Data current to 12 May 2018.

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighters firing CRV-7 rockets, Primrose Lake, Alberta. (DND Photo via James Craik)

 

This aviation handbook is intended to provide the reader with a quick reference to the major types of military jet aircraft and helicopters flown by the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, and the Canadian Forces in the post-war jet-age. The handbooks in this series include a general description and a photograph from the Canadian Forces Archives of at least one of the key variants or marks of each aircraft that has been in Canadian military service.  Each aircraft is listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type. General details describing the aircrafts engines, service ceiling, speed, armament or weapons load are included, along with a brief description of the Canadian squadron which flew the aircraft.This is the sixth volume in this series. It describes the jet fighters, bombers, trainers and transports as well as the helicopters flown by Canadians in the post-Second World War jet-age. A list of museums, private aircraft collections and other locations where a number of the survivors might be found is also included. The handbook is not a definitive list of all Canadian-manufactured or operated aircraft, but should serve as a quick reminder for anyone with an interest in Canadian military aviation.

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Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23140), F.O J.S. Randle, 422 Sqn.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Jets flown by Canadian Forces and RCAF aircrew. 

 

Airbus CC-150 Polaris in service with the RCAF, operating out of CFB Trenton.  (Photo courtesy of John Davies)

Airbus CC-150 Polaris in service with the RCAF, operating out of CFB Trenton.  (RCAF Photo)

Airbus CC-150 Polaris (Serial No. 15001), CFB Trenton, current paint scheme.  (RCAF Photo)

Airbus CC-150 Polaris (5), (Serial Nos. 15001-15005). 

Avro Jetliner, ca 1950.  Not in service with the RCAF.  (Avro Canada Photos)

Avro Jetliner in flight, 24 Oct 1950.  Not in service with the RCAF.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584462)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 1 (Serial No. 18101), FB-D, 1st prototype.  (DND Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 1 (Serial No. 18101), FB-D, 1st prototype.  RCAF personnel with A/M Curtis, MND Claxton and test pilot Sqn Leader Bill Waterton.  This aircraft emerged from the factory, painted gloss black overall with white lightning bolts running down the fuselage and engines.  The CF-100 prototype flew its maiden flight on 19 January 1950 with Gloster Aircraft Company Chief Test Pilot Sqn Leader Bill Waterton at the controls.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4047130)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 1 (Serial No. 18102), 2nd prototype.  (Adirector - Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Canada Photo)

 

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 1 (Serial No. 18102), 2nd prototype.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 2 (Serial No. 18103), 3rd prototype.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

 

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 2T (Serial No. 18105).  (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 3A (Serial No. 18125), JF.  (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 3D (Serial No. 18138), formation flight.  (RCAF Photo)

Avro  CF-100 Canuck Mk. 3 (Serial No. 18148), 423 Sqn.  (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Avro  CF-100 Canuck Mk. 3, top view.  (RCAF Photo)

Avro  CF-100 Canuck Mk. 3 (Serial No. 18149), ca 1956.  (RCAF Photo)

Avro  CF-100 Canuck Mk. 3 (Serial No. 18149), ca 1956.  (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Avro  CF-100 Canuck, nose on shot.  (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 3B (Serial No. 18157).  (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4 (Serial No. 18197), St Hubert, Quebec, 24 March 1955.  (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4 (Serial No. 18197), St Hubert, Quebec, ca 1955.  After its flying career it became instructional trainer A653. (RCAF Photos via Mike Kaehler)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4A (Serial No. 18300).  (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4A, RCAF (Serial No. 18225).  (DND Image Library Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4A (Serial No. 18330), 423 Sqn, 1962.   These aircraft were participating in training at the Air Weapons (training) Unit in Sardinia. These CF-100s were based at RCAF Station Grostenquin (No. 2 Fighter Wing) France. Front-line CF-100s were used by the RCAF in Europe from 1956 to 1962.  (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4B (Serial No. 18426).  (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4B (Serial No. 18409), being lifted by a crane.  (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4B (Serial No. 18406),  (DND Image Library)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4B, RCAF (Serial No. 18383).  (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4B, RCAF (Serial No. 18386).  (DND Image Library)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4B, RCAF (Serial No. 18410).  (DND Image Library)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4B, RCAF (Serial No. 18421).  (DND Image Library)

 

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4B (Serial No. 18336) in flight.  (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4B (Serial No. 18434) at Ancienne Lorrette with specially modified white tip pods that contain IR detection equipment and cameras.  (RCAF Photos via Mike Kaehler)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4B (Serial No. 18434) at Ancienne Lorrette with specially modified white tip pods that contain IR detection equipment and cameras.  (RCAF Photos via James Craik)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18532).  (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18780), 414 Sqn.  (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5, RCAF (Serial No. 18323), fitted with dummy Sparrow AAMs for trials.  (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18323), armed with Sparrow air-to-air missiles.  (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18323), armed with Sparrow air-to-air missiles.  (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5, RCAF (Serial No. 18300) with Sparrow missiles.  (DND Image Library)

Avro CF-100 Canuck, RCAF with Sparrow missile.  (DND Image Library)

Avro CF-100 Canuck, RCAF with Sparrow missile. (DND Image Library)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18551) with a Convair F-102 Delta Dagger, USAF (Serial No. 56-1300).  (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18556).  (CF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18631).  (CF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18760) flight testing a JT15D jet pod slung under the left side of the fuselage.  (DND Photo via Doug Jermyn)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18493) overshoot of the runway, 31 Dec 1973.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4118640)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18343).  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18748) on the flight line at Uplands, Ontario.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18727), St Hubert, Quebec.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5, RCAF (Serial No. 18472), firing rockets.  (DND Image Library)

Avro CF-100 Canucks on the flight line for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Ottawa airport, 12 Oct 1957.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4314017)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 1, (2 built), (Serial Nos. 18101-18102), Mk. 2, (10 built), (Serial Nos. 18103-18112), Mk. 3, (70 built), Serial Nos. 18113-18182), Mk. 4A, (137 built), (Serial Nos. 18183-18319), Mk. 4B, (144 built), (Serial Nos. 18320-18463), Mk. 5 (329 built),  (Serial Nos. 18464-18792), for a total number of 692 built.

Avro CF-105 Arrow on rollout, Downsview, Ontario.  (Library & Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 359416)

Avro CF-105 Arrow (Serial No. 25201).  (RCAF Photos)

Avro Arrow (Serial No. 25203), in flight.  (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-105 Arrow Mk. I (5), (Serial Nos. 25201-25205).

  

Boeing CL-52 Stratojet (B-47B) on loan to the RCAF to test the Orenda jet engine.  None are preserved in Canada.  (RCAF Photos)

Boeing CL-52 Stratojet (B-47B), (Serial No. X059), on loan to the RCAF to test the Orenda jet engine.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Boeing B-47B/Canadair CL-52 Stratojet (1), (Serial 51-2059, later X059).

Boeing CC-137 Husky, CAF (Serial No. 13704), refueling Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighters.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Boeing CC-137 Husky, CAF (Serial No. 13704), refueling Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighters.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Boeing CC-137 Husky, CAF (Serial No. 13704), refueling a Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Boeing CC-137 Husky, CAF (Serial No. 13703), refueling a pair of McDonald Douglas CF-118 Hornet Fighters.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Boeing CC-137 Husky (Boeing 707-320C), transport, VIP and refueling aircraft.  On retirement from service, most went to the USA, none are preserved in CF markings.  (RCAF Photo)

Boeing CC-137 Husky, CAF (Serial No. 13702).  (Steve Fitzgerald Photo)

Boeing 707-347C, B-707, CC-137 (5), (Serial Nos. 13701-13705).

 

Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III in service with the RCAF, operating out of CFB Trenton.  (Photo courtesy of Robert Taylor)

Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III in service with the RCAF, operating out of CFB Trenton, Ontario.  (RCAF Photos)

Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III (Serial No. 177705), Resolute Bay, Nunavut.  (PO2 Belinda Groves Photo, New York Air National Guard)

Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III (4), (Serial Nos. 177701-177704).

Bombardier Challenger CL601 (Serial No. 1447616), in service with the RCAF as a VIP transport.  (Wikipedia Photo)

Bombardier Challenger CC-144 in service with the RCAF as a VIP transport.  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair Model CL-60, CC-144A Challenger (4), CL-601-1A, CC-144B Challenger (14), (Serial Nos. 144601-144618) for a total of 18 aircraft.

  

British Aerospace CT-155 Hawk.  (RCAF Photo)

British Aerospace CT-155 Hawk.  (RCAF Photo)

British Aerospace CT-155 Hawk (Serial No. CT-155222), 4 Wing Cold Lake, 30 May 2006 during Maple Flag 39.  (CF Photo via Mike Kaehler).

British Aerospace (HS) CT-155 Hawk (22), (Serial Nos.  155201-155222).

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, RCN (Serial No. 21186).  (CF Photo SW-575)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, RCN (Serial No. 21186).  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, RCAF.  (RCAF Photo)

T-33 Silver Star cockpit, 13 May 1954.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584937)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, RCN (Serial No. 133186).  (DND Photo via Barrie MacLeod)

 

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, RCAF (Serial No. 133186).  (DND Photo via James Craik)

 

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, RCAF.  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CT-133AN Silver Star (Serial No.  21452), last flight, Trenton, 2005.  (CF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadair CT-33A Silver Star Mk. 1 (20), (Serial Nos. 14675-14694), Mk. 2 (1), (Serial No. 14695), Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 3 (656), (Serial Nos. 21001-21656), Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (10), (Serial Nos. 51-6713 – 51-6717, 51-6743 – 51-6747), for a total of 687 aircraft.

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 1 (Serial No. 19101), CK-R, ca 1951.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 1, RCAF (Serial No.19101), 30 Jan 1951. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584475)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 1 (Serial No. 19101), CK-R, ca 1951.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 1 (Serial No. 19101), 20 Mar 1951.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3388181)

 

  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2 (Serial No. 19102), coded VC-AMN. This was the first production Sabre from by Canadair.  It was first used by No. 410 "Cougar" (F) Squadron at RCAF Station St. Hubert, Quebec.

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2 (Serial No. 19187), 20 June 1952.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584682)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2, 439 Sqn, BW-1, Greenland.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2 (Serial No. 19188), ca 1952.  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 3 (Serial No. 19200).  (DND Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 3 (Serial No. 19200).  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial Nos. 23235, 23338, 23243 and 23241), from Tactical Flight at RCAF Station Chatham, New Brunswick, are seen in a stepped up formation Echelon Port.  The four aircraft were participating in the International Air Display, Toronto.  (DND Photos via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23360), formation. (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5, RCAF (Serial No. 23312), 411 Sqn, Downsview.  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23209), 401 (F) Sqn (Aux), St-Hubert Quebec, Oct 1956 to Nov 58.  (DND Photo via Francois Dutil)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23047), 401 (F) Sqn (Aux), St-Hubert Quebec, Oct 1956 to Nov 58.  (DND Photo via Francois Dutil)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23335), night start, CFB Chatham, New Brunswick.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre, being de-armed after an air-to-air gunnery exercise, by two Munitions and Weapons Technicians, LAC Roy Mann, M and W Tech, andn LAC Art Murphy, M and W Tech.  (RCAF photo via Mike Kaehler)

 

Canadair CL-13 Sabre formation.  (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial Nos. 23226, 23310, 23057, and 23159), Skylancers, 1955.  (DND Photos via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre, RCAF (Serial No.23524), Skylancers, 1956.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23312), 411 Sqn, Downsview, ca 1950s.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23314), now Hawk One.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23330), OTU, mid 1950s.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23315), 401 (Auxilliary) Sqn, Montreal.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23360), three-ship formation.  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23140), F/O J.S. Randle, 422 Sqn.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5, RCAF (Serial No. 23060), on the way to Europe with the OFU.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre cockpit, ca 1953.  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23534).  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 6 (Serial No. 23413), Bluie, Greenland, May 1955.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Golden Hawk formation diving away.  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5, RCAF (Serial No. 23066), Golden Hawk.  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 1 (1), (Serial No.19101), Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2 (350), (Serial Nos. 19102-19199, 19201-19452), Mk. 3 (1), (Serial No. 19200), Mk. 4 (71), (Serial Nos. 19453-63, 91, 19575, 19579, 19582, 19584, 19585, 19590, 19597-19599, 19601, 19606, 19615-19617, 19619, 19624, 19627-19629, 19631, 19632, 19635-19637, 19639, 19642, 19643, 19647, 19649, 19650, 19652, 19653, 19655, 19657, 19659-19661, 19663-19665, 19667-19671, 19673-19675, 19677, 19679, 19680, 19682, 19684-19686, 19689, 19691, 19695, 19702), Mk. 5 (370), (Serial Nos. 23001-23370), CL-13B Mk. 6 (390), (Serial Nos. 23371-23760), plus one North American F-86A (Serial No. 49-1069), for a total of 1,184 of all Canadian Marks of the Sabre.

Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114147), from AETE in 1993.  (CAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114189), Moose Jaw.  (Trish McNorgan Photo)

Canadair CL-41A Tutor (Serial No. 114030) in flight.  (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114189), Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  (Trish McNorgan Photo)

Canadair CT-114 Tutors, Golden Centenaire formation flight.  (CF Photo)

Canadair CT-144 Tutor (Serial No. 26122), Golden Centennaires.  (Mike Kaehler Photo)

Canadair CT-114 Tutor.  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-41A, CT-114 Tutor (190), (Serial Nos. 26001-26190).

Lockheed F-104A Starfighter (Serial No. 104700).  (RCAF Photos via Mike Kaehler).  This was the very first RCAF Starfighter, ex-USAF F-104A-LO, (Serial No. 56-0770).  This aircraft first flew in 1957 with the USAF and eventually, after a few years in storage, it became the test bed for the CF-104 avionics still as an F-104A.  It was delivered to the RCAF on 27 June 1963. It served at Cold Lake, Alberta, in 1963 and then went t the Central Experimental and Proving Establishment (CEPE) at RCAF Station Uplands, Ontario, in 1965.  This aircraft set the Canadian altitude record of 100,110 ft on 14 December 1967, flown by W/C R. A. White of CEPE, out of RCAF Station Uplands.  It only had 780 airframe hours on it when it was transferred to the now Canadian Aviation and Space Museum.   In the first photo, taken at Burbank, California, the aircraft had a mix of RCAF/USAF markings.  On the tail it had 60770 (abbreviated 56-0770) and on the forward fuselage was RCAF + 770.  The second shot shows it wearing the CEPE "X" on the tail and 700 + RCAF.  The Lockheed built duals were in the serial range 12631-12668 and the single seat Canadair built aircraft were in the serial range 12701-12900.

Lockheed F-104A Starfighter, RCAF (Serial No. 12700), Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.  (aeroprints Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighters, RCAF (Serial No. 12887) and RCAF (Serial No. 12845).  (SDA&SM Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighters, RCAF (Serial No. 12740) and (Serial No. 12735), ca 1960s.  (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadair CF-104s Starfighters, CAF (Serial No. 12721) and CAF (Serial No. 12829), Norvenich, Germany, June 1969.  (RCAF Photo via Fred Paradie)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, RCAF (Serial No. 12797).  (RCAF Photo via Daniel Racette)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, RCAF (Serial No. 12817).  (SDA&SM Archives Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104865), 14 Aug 1971.  (Richard Vandervord)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104862) with Recce Pod.  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, RCAF (Serial No. 12868), with photo recce pod in flight.  (Bernie Lind Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter with various stores.  (RCAF Photo via James Craik)

Recce Pod being shown to Canada's Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson by Wing Commander Bob Edwards and RCAF Officers during a visit to 1 (F) Wing, Marville, France, 18 Jan 1964.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4816374)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, RCAF (Serial No. 12898), with drag-chute deployed.  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104838), 1 CAG, No. 439 Sqn, CFB Baden-Sollingen, Germany, 31 Dec 1976.  (John Davies Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104756), Tiger Meet markings, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Hamilton, Ontario.  (Peter Bakema Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104720), No. 421 Squadron based at Baden Sollingen, Germany.  (Photo courtesy of Mike Freer, Touchdown Aviation)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104733), No. 439 Squadron based at Baden Sollingen, Germany.  (Photo courtesy of Mike Freer, Touchdown Aviation)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104756), 1 Canadian Air Group based at Baden Sollingen, Germany.  (Photo courtesy of Mike Freer, Touchdown Aviation)

Canadair CF-104D Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104651), Cold Lake, Alberta, night run up.  (DND Photo) 

Canadair CF-104D Starfighter CAF (Serial No. 104645).  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CF-104D Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104653), based at Baden Sollingen, Germany.  (Photo courtesy of Mike Freer, Touchdown Aviation)

Canadair CF-104D Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104647), night engine run up.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighters, RCAF (Serial Nos. 12701, 12702, 12703, 12704, and 12705), Royal Flush.  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighters, RCAF (Serial Nos. 12701, 12702, 12703, 12704, and 12705), Royal Flush.  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair 683A CF-104 Starfighter (200), (Serial Nos. 12701-12900), CF-104D Mk. 1 (22), (Serial Nos. 12631-12652), Mk. 2 (16), (Serial Nos. 12653-12668), for a total of 38 two-seat variants, Lockheed F-104A Starfighter (1), (Serial No. 12700), for a total of 239 of all Marks.

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116733),  433 Sqn, 1973.  (CF Photo)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116710).  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116703), 419 Sqn.  (Canadian Forces Photo)

 

 (Author Photo)

Canadair CF-116D Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116809), grey cam.  Ordnance Museum, Montreal, Quebec.

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (89), CF-116D (46) for a total of 136 aircraft.

  (DND Photos via Fred Paradie)

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Dassault CC-117 Falcon 20C, 412 Sqn(Serial Nos. 200501-20507), for a total of 7 aircraft.

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire, RCAF (Serial No. 17067).  (DND Photo via James Craik) 

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire, RCAF (Serial Nos. 17067, 17019 and 17007).  (DND Photo via James Craik)

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire, RAF (Serial No. 17018).   (RCAF Photos via Mike Kaehler)

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire, RAF (Serial No. VZ278), loaned to RCAF No. 421 Sqn for transition training in the UK, ca 1948.  (DND Photos via James Craik)

 (RCAF Photo)

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire (Serial No. 17021), GO, in flight.

 (RCAF Photo)

de Havilland DH.100 Vampires, RCAF (Serial No. VZ339), 421 Sqn, RAF Odingham ca 1948.

de Havilland DH,100 Vampire, 11 Dec 1948.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584168)

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire, 14 Aug 1952.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584696)

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire, 14 Aug 1952.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584697)

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire (Serial No. 17042), FB-U, 14 Aug 1952.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584697)

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire (Serial No. 17042) runway overshoot, 25 Sep 1952.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584724)

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire (Serial No. 17042) runway overshoot, 25 Sep 1952.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584725)

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire ca. 1948.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584138)

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire (Serial No. 17021), RCAF Station Chatham.  (RCAF Photo)

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire Mk. III, RCAF (Serial Nos. 17067, 065, 078, 002).  (DND Photo)

 

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire, RCAF (Serial No. 17078).  (DND Photo)

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire, RCAF (Serial No. 17074).  (DND Photo)

De Havilland DH 100 Vampire Mk. I (1), (Serial No. TG372), Mk. III (85), (Serial Nos. 17001-17042, 17044-17086), for a total of 86 aircraft.

de Havilland DH.106 Comet, RCAF (Serial No. 5301).  (RCAF Photo)

de Havilland DH.106 Comet, RCAF (Serial No. 5301).  (RCAF Photo)

de Havilland DH.106 Comet, RCAF (Serial No. 5301).  (RCAF Photo)

de Havilland DH.106 Comet, RCAF (Serial No. 5301).  (RCAF Photo)

de Havilland DH.106 Comet, RCAF (Serial No. 5302).  (RCAF Photo)

de Havilland DH.106 Comet, RCAF (Serial No. 5302), Uplands, Oct 1959.  (RCAF Photo)

de Havilland DH.106 Comet, RCAF (Serial No. 5302), Trenton, Ontario, 22 June 1953.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584809)

de Havilland DH.106 Comet Mk. IA (2), (Serial No. 06017), 5301, and (Serial No. 06018), 5302).

Gloster Meteor T.7 (Serial No. WA740), RAF Celle, Germany, on loan to RCAF No. 421 Sqn, 1950.  (RCAF Photo)

Gloster Meteor Mk. III, RAF (Serial No, EE521).  (RAF Photo)

Gloster G.41D Meteor F Mk. III, RCAF (Serial No. EE311), 6 Oct 1945.  Possibly the Winter Experimental Establishment (WEE) flight test pilots, with Jack Ritch on the left, Shawn Badoux centre, and Bill MacKenzie on the right. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3198889)

Meteor (Serial No. EE311) had a short life with the RCAF . It was initially assigned to the RCAF Test & Development Establishment in Sept 1945.  On 29 June 1946, while in transit from the Winter Experimental Establishment at RCAF Station Namao, Alberta to RCAF Station Hamilton, Ontario the pilot, F/L Hugh MacKenzie, experienced poor weather and ran out of fuel due to a faulty belly tank.  He ditched the Meteor in Helenbar Lake in northern Ontario.  He remained with the aircraft in the remote area for 26 days, until he heard a motor boat and hiked to another lake where a fisherman brought him to safety.  Although the lake where the Meteor ditched was shallow and the aircraft was in good shape, it was still written off.  Today, the MacKenzie Hiking Trail around Mississagi Ontario Provincial Park is named for the RCAF pilot who against the odds survived for so long in the wilderness.  (Aurelio Stagnaro)

Gloster G.41D Meteor F Mk. III, RAF (Serial No. EE311), being flight tested in Canada, Oct 1945.  (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Gloster Meteor, 1ooking weathered inside a hangar, 1946.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584046)

de Havilland DH.100 Vampire (Serial No. TG/372), Gloster Meteor Mk. IV, RAF (Serial No. RA421), and North American P-51D Mustang Mk. IV, at the RCAF's Winter Experimental Establishment, Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, ca 1947.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Gloster Type G.41D Meteor Mk. III (2), (Serial No. EE311, EE361), Mk. IV (2), (Serial Nos. RA421, and VT196), T Mk. VII.

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN No. 103, about to launch.  (RCN Photo via Mike Kaehler)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN (Serial No. 126392), operating from HMCS Bonaventure.  (RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee formation.  (RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshees, Nos. 80, 102, 112 and 464, over HMCS Bonaventure.  (RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN (Serial No. 126295), No. 112, carrying two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. (RCN Photos via Mike Kehler)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN (Serial No. 126295), No. 112, carrying two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. (RCN Photos via Mike Kehler)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN (Serial No. 126295), No. 112, carrying two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. (RCN Photos via Mike Kehler)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN (Serial No. 126295), No. 112, carrying two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles over Halifax, Nova Scotia.  (RCN Photo)

 

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN No. 390 landing on HMCS Bonaventure.  (RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN No. 700, on the flight deck of HMCS Bonaventure, 1957.  (RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN No. 702, coming up on the elevator of HMCS Bonaventure.  (RCN Photo via Mike Kaehler)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN Nos. 104 and 105, on the flight deck of HMCS Bonaventure, ca 1950s.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN (Serial No. 126392), No. 146, Shearwater, Nova Scotia (RCN Photo via Mike Kaehler)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN No. 104, ready for launch, HMCS Bonaventure, ca 1957. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821342)

McDonnell Banshee bridles being attached prior to launching.  (RCN Photo via Mike Kaehler)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, No. 144, Shearwater, ca 1957.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821310)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, No. 144, Shearwater, ca 1957.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821304)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, No. 108, over Halifax, 1957.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821467)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshees, Nos 108 and 118, formation flight.  (RCN Photo)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN No. 103, ready for launch, HMCS Bonaventure, ca 1957.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821344)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN (Serial No. 126346), preparing to launch from HMCS Bonaventure, ca 1950s.  (RCN Photo via Mike Kaehler)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN No. 104, wings folded, the the flight deck of HMCS Bonaventure, 1957.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821339)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN (Serial No. 126334), the Naval Museum of Alberta, Military Museums, Calgary, Alberta.

Banshee (Serial No. 126334) was delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy on 4 July 1956.  It made the last flight by an RCN Banshee (and perhaps the last flight of any Banshee) on 10 Jan 1956 when it was flown to the Southern Alberta (Calgary) Institute of Technology as a ground instructional airframe. It was later displayed on in front of HMCS Tecumseh, the Naval Reserve Division in Calgary. In 2007 it went on display inside the the Naval Museum of Alberta, Calgary.

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN (Serial No. 126464), Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.

Banshee (Serial No. 126464) was delivered to the RCN on 14 Aug 1957.  It served until retired on 12 Sep 1962.  It came to the Canadian National Aviation Museum at Rockliffe in 1997.  It has been with the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, since 2007.

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN (Serial No. 126402), No. 100.  (RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN (Serial No. 126402), No. 100, over Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1956.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821223)

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee, RCN (Serial No. 126402), No. 100, Shearwater Aviation Museum, Nova Scotia.

Banshee (Serial No. 126402) was delivered to the RCN on 13 March 1957.  It was retired from service on 12 Sep 1962.  In 2007 it went on display at the Shearwater Aviation Museum, Nova Scotia.

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee (39), (Serial Nos. 126294, 126295, 126306 (While landing at Shearwater naval air station 27 Aug 1957, 126306 collided with a Grumman TBM Avenger, killing both pilots), 126310 (Crashed into ground at Prospect, Nova Scotia, 14 May 1957), 126313 (Starboard wing separated in flight on 31 May 1957 with the aircraft crashing on McNab's Island Halifax, Nova Scotia), 126327, 126330 (Crashed in ocean on delivery during the ferry flight from NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island on 22 Apr 1956. The wreck was never found), 126331, 126333 (Landed on HMCS Bonaventure intact on 4 Mar 1958 but while taxiing forward went over side into the ocean.  The pilot ejected but was killed), 126334 (preserved in The Naval Museum of Alberta), 126335, 126337, 126339, 126343, 126346, 126347, 126361, 126381, 126382, 126390, 126392, 126400 (Crashed into the Irish Sea from HMCS Bonaventure on 11 Nov 1959 when pilot got a "cold shot".  The Pilot survived), 126402 (preserved in the Shearwater Aviation Museum), 126403 (. Ditched in Atlantic Ocean off Nova Scotia on 2 Oct1957 off HMCS Bonaventure. Tail recovered from ocean floor in 1964 by a fishing boat), 126414, 126415, 126422, 126428 (Crashed at sea off Jacksonville, Florida on 25 Feb 1958 while flying out of Mayport NAS with HMCS Bonaventure), 126429, 126434 (Crashed near Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia on 16 Jun 1961, while practicing aerobatics. Pilot killed), 126443, 126444, 126446, 126449, 126454, 126464 (preserved in the Canada Aviation and Space Museum), 126469, 126488 (Ditched on the shore at Key West, Florida on 14 Jan 1959 after the engine flamed out. Pilot OK), 127510).

All 39 RCN Banshees flew with VF-870 & VF871 Sqns until they were amalgamated into VF-870 in 1959.  Banshees were inservice from 26 Nov 1955 to 12 Sep 1962, operating from HCMS Bonaventure.  The RCN lost 12 of its original 39 Banshees to accidents.  They were the only jet-powered carrier-based fighters ever deployed by the RCN.

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McDonnell CF-101B Voodoos RCAF (Serial No. 17447) and (Serial No. 17402).

 (RCAF Photo)

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 17480), ca 1960s.

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo, RCAF (Serial No. 17435), and F-101 Voodoo, USAF, at Great Falls, Montana. (RCAF Photo)

 (RCAF Photo)

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 17458), with Sir Cedric, the Black Knight, CFB North Bay, Ontario, ca 1960s.

 (RCAF Photo)

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 17456) and (Serial No. 17463), ca 1960s.

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 101007) pair in flight over the Rockies.  (Library & Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4014847)

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 17467).  RCAF Personnel Cpl V. MacFadyen, Cpl J.G. Adams, Cpl. R. Leblanc and Cpl J.L. Mather, preparing to load a Genie AIR-2 Air Intercept Rocket.  This weapon had the capability of being armed with a nuclear warhead.  (Library & Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4104845)

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 101002) with missile, CFB Bagotville.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4014846)

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 17440), with two AIM-4D missiles under the fuselage, ca 1960s.  (RCAF Photo)

McDonnell EF-101F Voodoo (Serial No. 101067).  (Bzuk Photo)

McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo (Serial No. 101060), No. 409 Sqn, CFB Comox, BC, 1982.  (Ahunt Photo)

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 101050) in flight.  (Ron C. Miller Photo)

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial Nos. 101026 & 101059) 409 Nighthawk Squadron & 3 X USN Douglas TA-4J Skyhawks, Fleet Composite Squadron VC-13 Saints.  (USN Photo)

McDonnell F-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 17446).  (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

McDonnell F-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 17396).  (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

McDonnell F-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 17467).  (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

McDonnell F-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 17482).  (DND Photo via James Craik)

McDonnell F-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 17482).  (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

McDonnell F-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 174855), CFB Uplands, Ontario.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

McDonnell F-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 17392).  (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo, (Serial No. 101053), Miramichi, New Brunswick.

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 101037), Summerside, Prince Edward Island.

 (Colin MacGregor Stevens Photo)

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 101030), CFB Comox, British Columbia.

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (56), (Serial Nos. 17391-17392, 17394-17399, 17401-17406, 17408-17411, 17433-17436, 17438-17442, 17444-17448, 17450-17453, 17455-17457, 17459, 17461, 17463-17464, 17467-17471, 17475-17477, 17479-1748383), CF-101F Voodoo  (10), (Serial Nos. 17393, 17400, 17407, 17437, 17443, 17449, 17460, 17466, 17472, 17478), for a total of 66 aircraft.  The 17000 numbers were replaced with 101000 numbers.

 

McDonnell Douglas CF-188A Hornet (Serial No. 188749).  (RCAF Photo)

McDonnell Douglas CF-188A Hornets in service with the RCAF.  (Photo courtesy of TSgt Jason Robertson, USAF)

McDonnell Douglas CF-188A Hornet, No. 409 Squadron, CFB Baden-Soellingen with a war load over Southern Germany, 18 Aug 1987.  It was flown by Capt Doug Stroud. (RCAF photo by Vic Johnson)

McDonnell Douglas CF-188A Hornet intercepting a Soviet Tupolev Tu-95 Bear long-range bomber.  (USAF Photo)

McDonnell Douglas CF-188A Hornet formation.  (USAF Photo)

McDonnell Douglas CF-188A Hornets, Aviano, Italy.  (SSgt Jennifer C. Wallis, USAF Photo)

McDonnell Douglas CF-188 Hornet launching laser-guided bomb.  (LCol. Tim Pfeifer, USAF Photo)

McDonnell Douglas CF-188 Hornets over Hohenzollern Castle, Germany ca 1990.   (DND Photo via James Craik)

McDonnell Douglas CF-188B Hornet, RCAF (Serial No. 188934).  (Photo courtesy of SSgt. Greg L. Davis, USAF)

McDonnell Douglas CF-188B Hornet, RCAF (Serial No. 188917), 425 Sqn air refuelling off Eglin, Florida, 2005. (CAF Photo)

McDonnell Douglas CF-188B Hornet, RCAF (Serial No. 188901), preserved in the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.  (Alain Rioux Photo)

McDonnell Douglas CF-188 Hornet over Iraq, 4 Mar 2015.  (Staff Sgt Perry Ashton, USAF Photo)

McDonnell Douglas CF-188 Hornet over Iraq, 4 Mar 2015.  (Staff Sgt Perry Ashton, USAF Photo)

McDonnell Douglas CF-188 Hornet, RCAF (Serial No. 188776), painted to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of NORAD, April 2018.  (Krystal Wilson Photos)

McDonnell Douglas/Northrop Model 267A, CF-188, CF-18A Hornet (98) single-seat (Serial Nos. 188701-188798), Model 267 B, CF-188B , CF-18B Hornet (40) two-seat (Serial Nos. 188901-188940), for a total of 138 aircraft.

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