Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Canadian Warplanes (5) Ontario, CFB Borden, Base Borden Military Museum

Warplanes in Ontario,

CFB Borden, Base Borden Military 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 July 2020.

North American NA-61 Harvard Mk. 1, RCAF (Serial No. 1348), Initial Training School, Camp Borden, 30 July 1940.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4327253).  Although no Harvards are preserved at CFB Borden, many pilots trained on them here when Borden was part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan collections of schools.

Borden, CFB Borden, Base Borden Military Museum

  (RCAF Photo)

Avro 504, G-CYCY & G-CYCU.

   (RCAF Photo)

 (RCAF Photo)

Avro 504, G-CYEI.

Avro 504, (Serial No. B3243).  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3585192)

 (Tim Laye Photo)

 (Author Photos)

Avro 504K (Serial No. D8971), CF-CYC, G-CYCK, inside one of the BBMM's original Great War hangars. 

The original Avro G-CYCK was registered as RAF (Serial No. H9717).  It was built in England in 1918 and became part of the 1919 Imperial Gift . The Canadian registration was issued 23 November 1920 and the plane was flown in Camp Borden until destroyed in a Category A accident on 14 November 1921.  It was struck off strength on 8 March 1922.  The aircraft in the museum is painted as G-CYCK, but was actually ex RAF (Serial No. D8971), (also civil register CF-CYC).  It passed through the hands of several owners, and was finally purchased from an owner in California to be restored by the Royal Canadian Air Force and went on to fly numerous flights for the 1967 Centennial airshow season.  The reason the tail number CYCK was chosen to be painted on this airframe is unknown.  (Bob Thompson)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18517) in flight.  (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

 (Author Photos)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5D (Serial No. 100493).

 (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4A (Serial No. 18212) in flight.

(RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4A (Serial No. 18184) in flight.

 (RCAF Photo)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4A (Serial No. 18306), gear coming up on take-off.

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4A (Serial No. 18194), stored at the NBCW School before being restored.

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 4A (Serial No. 18194).  This aircraft was previously used as a training frame for the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear School.

 (John Davies Photo)

Beechcraft CT-134A Musketeer, (Serial No. 134222). 

Beechcraft CT-134A Musketeer (Serial No. 134228).


 (Author Photo)

Bell CH-136 Kiowa (Serial No. 136228), mounted on a pylon near the North Gate, Angus.

This CH-136 Kiowa is an ex-US Army OH-58A-BF (Serial No. 71-20912).  It was accepted by the Canadian Forces on 28 Jun 1972, having logged just 5.5 flying hours.  It flew with 430e Escadron tactique d'helicoptres at CFB Valcartier, Quebec as (Serial No.136247) until it was transferred to CFSATE Jan 1995 for use as a training aid.  It was mounted on a pedestal at the main gate to CFB Borden sometime around Nov 1997 . Even though the display aircraft's original tail number was 247, it has been repainted as (Serial No. 136228) to commemorate the aircraft that No. 400 "City of Toronto" Tactical Helicopter Squadron used as it's 60th anniversary Kiowa in 1992.  The original 228 is now a civilian aircraft, Reg. No. VH-OSX.  (Bob Thompson)


Boeing Vertol 107-11, CH-113A Labrador Helicopter (Serial No. 11310). 

Boeing Vertol 107-11, CH-113A Labrador Helicopter (Serial No. 113--). 

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star (Serial No. 133433). 

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star (Serial No. 133623).

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star (Serial No. 133079), (Serial No. 21079), silver, mounted on a pylon.

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star (Serial No. 133540). 

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star (Serial No. 133669), (Serial No. 21100), Red Knight, (669C), (Serial No. 11441), mounted on a pylon.  This aircraft was previously on display beside the RCAFA building near Barrie. 

 (RCAF Photo)

(RCAF Photo)

 (RCAF Photo)

 (RCAF Photo)

Canadian CL-13 Sabre formation flights.

 (Author Photos) 

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23228), silver, mounted on a pylon.

 (Mike Freer - Touchdown Aviation Photos) 

Canadair CF-104 Starfighters, CFB Baden Soellingen.

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter Mk. 2 (Serial No. 104792), 794B, (Serial No. 12792), mounted on a pylon.

 (John Davies Photo)

Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114120).

Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114153).  This aircraft was originally RCAF (Serial No. 2615)3 and was modified for use with the aerobatic teams . It is the only Tutor in existence which has been painted as, or flew with, the Golden Centennaires in 1967, as a backup plane for the Red Knight Tutor in 1969 and with the Snowbirds until 1976.  As a Golden Centennaire, it flew in the same airshows as the Avro 504, (Serial No. CYCK), which is also on display in the museum.  This Tutor was transferred to the museum and as a tribute to the aerobatic teams, was repainted in the RCAF Golden Centennaire colours.  (Bob Thompson)

 (Alain Rioux Photos)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116744).

 (Author Photo)

 (Author Photo)

 (Author Photo)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116769), Officer's Mess.

 (Author Photo)

 (Author Photo)

 (Author Photo)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116710).


Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116759), inside the BBMM RCAF display hangar.

 (Alain Rioux Photos)

Canadair CF-116D Freedom Fighters.

Canadair CF-116D Freedom Fighter (Serial No. unknown), inside the CBRN storage compound.

de Havilland DH.82C Tiger Moth, RCAF (Serial No. 4398).  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643685)

de Havilland DH.82C Tiger Moth, RCAF (Serial No. 4974), inside one of the original Great War hangars.

The museum aircraft is a DH.82C Tiger Moth, RCAF (Serial No. 8979), c/n 1781, manufactured by the de Havilland Company at Downsview, Toronto in 1942.  The aircraft was eventually sold into the civil market in 1946 and registered as CF-EMT and after other the sale, was finally purchased and re-registered as C-GDPT in 1981.  The registration number painted on the side of the museum aircraft is RCAF (Serial No. 4974), (and 4794 on the underside of the bottom wing).  The actual DH.82C 4974 sustained Catagory C damage on 4 October 1941 while serving with No. 20 Elementary Flying Training School at Oshawa, Ontario.  That airframe was struck off strength on 26 Aug 1943 and guillotined.  At present, the reason Reg. No. 8979 is painted on the aircraft is a mystery.  (Serial No. 4794) painted on the bottom of the port wing is a painting error since 4794 was actually registered to a Fleet Finch.  (Bob Thompson)

de Havilland Canada (Grumman) CS-2F-1 Tracker, RCN, ca 1960.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821194)

de Havilland Canada (Grumman) CS-2F Tracker (Serial No. 724B), (1507).

Link Trainer, RCAF Station Alliford Bay, BC, 10 Apr 1942.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3199512)

Link Trainer.

 (Ron C. Miller Photo)

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 101050).

 (Author Photos)

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 101011), USAF (Serial No. 57-00289), near 16 Wing. 

CFB Borden, Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Training and Engineering (CFSATE) 

 (Serial No. 114119) 

Canadair CT-114 Tutor, (Serial No. 114002); (Serial No. 114011); (Serial No. 114021); (Serial No. 114023); (Serial No. 114026); (Serial No. 114134); (Serial No. 114039); (Serial No. 114040); (Serial No. 114043); (Serial No. 114053); (Serial No. 114063), cockpit; (Serial No. 114069); (Serial No. 114080); (Serial No. 114087); (Serial No. 114091); (Serial No. 114092); (Serial No. 114105); (Serial No. 114110); (Serial No. 114112).  Total of 18 airframes.

 (Alain Rioux Photo) 

Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114189), CFB Borden.

 (Alain Rioux Photo) 

Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114092), CFB Borden.

(Alain Rioux Photo)

"Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114134), CFSATE, CFB Borden. 

 (Alain Rioux Photo)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighters.

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116710); (Serial No. 116759);  (Serial No. 904B); (Serial No. 907B); (Serial No. 909B).

 (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Stars, 4-plane formation.

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star (Serial No. 133079), (Serial No. 21079).

 (John Davies Photos)

Canadair CC-144 Challenger (Serial No. 614).

Canadair CC-144 Challenger, tail sections.

 (Alain Rioux Photo)

Bell CH-118 Iroquois Helicopter in flight

 (Alain Rioux Photo)

Bell CH-118 Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No. 118106), Tiger stripes. 

Bell CH-118 Iroquois Helicopter (Serial No.). 

Bell CH-136 Kiowa helicopter, 444 Sqn, 4 CMBG, Germany, Sep 1977.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4728075)

Bell CH-136 Kiowa Helicopter (Serial No. 136247); (Serial No. 136775); (Serial No. 136007).

 (RCAF Photo)

de Havilland CC-108 Caribou in flight.  

de Havilland CC-108 Caribou (Serial No. 464), hulk. 

   (RCAF Photo) 

Lockheed CC-130_Hercules, (Serial No. 130319) in flight.

Lockheed CC-130 Hercules, wing sections and nose cones.

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, USN (BuNo. 13319). 

McDonnell F/A-18A Hornet, USN (BuNo. 160778). 

   (Dan Barnes Photo) 

Sikorsky CH-124A Sea King (Serial No. 408). 

Sikorsky CH-124A Sea King (Serial No.), hulk.

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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