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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets

Canadian Warplanes, Jets

Data current to 14 Dec 2018.

 

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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For an update on military aircraft preserved in Canada, see "Canadian Warplanes".

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 Canada Photos)

Avro C102 Jetliner, ca 1950.  The Avro C102 Jetliner was a Canadian prototype medium-range turbojet-powered jet airliner built by Avro Canada in 1949.  It was beaten to the air by only 13 days by the de Havilland Comet, thereby becoming the second jet airliner in the world.  The name "Jetliner" was chosen as a shortening of the term "jet airliner", a term which is still in popular usage in Canada and the United States.  The aircraft was considered suitable for busy routes along the US eastern seaboard and garnered intense interest, notably from Howard Hughes who even offered to start production under license.  However continued delays in Avro's all-weather interceptor project, the Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck, led to an order to stop working on the project in 1951, with the prototype Jetliner later cut up for scrap.  It was not in service with the RCAF.  (Wikipedia)

Avro C102 Jetliner in flight, 24 Oct 1950.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584462)

Avro CF-100 Canuck jet fighters are listed on a separate page on this web site.

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)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star cockpit, 13 May 1954.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584937)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, Pacific National Exhibition, British Columbia, 1958.  (City of Vancouver Archives Photo, CVA 180-5495)

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 jet fighters are listed on a separate page on this web site.

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. 114062), over CFB Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, ca early 1990s.  (CAF Photo via Tony Edmundson)

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).

Canadair CF-104 Starfighters are listed on a separate page on this web site.

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-118 Freedom Fighters are listed on a separate page on this web site.

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 Vampires are listed on a separate page on this web site.

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. 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 jet fighters are listed on a separate page on this web site.

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.

McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo jet fighters are listed on a separate page on this web site.

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-188 Hornet jet fighters are listed on a separate page on this web site.

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.

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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