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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan

Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan

Data current to 29 March 2020.

 (RCAF Photo via Francois Dutil)

Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan (Serial No. 10959), in early service with the RCAF, ca 1960s.  This an early version of the aircraft with Napier Eland engines.  

Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan (CL-66B), (10), (Serial Nos. 10951-109160); CL-540, CC-109 Cosmopolitan (3), (Serial Nos. 10961, 10962 (ex 10906), 10963 (ex 10907), for a total of 13 aircraft.

The Canadair CL-66 was a turboprop version of the civilian Convair CV-440 Metropolitan.  The CC-109 Cosmopolitan or "Cosmo" became the standard VIP aircraft in RCAF and CAF service.  After a lengthy career stretching into the 1990s, the CC-109 was replaced by the CC-142 Dash 8 and CC-144 Challenger.

 (Griffin Library Photo)

Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan (Serial No. 109156), Ottawa.  This an earlier version of the aircraft with Napier Eland engines.  The Cosmos that were kept by the RCAF were re-engined with a version of the T-56 engine (501-D36), similar to the engines on the Lockheed CC-130 Hercules and the Lockheed CP-140 Aurora today.  This aircraft went on to carry the registrations C-FNCV, N987L, 5Y-BNV, 9XR-NC and 3D-ZOE.  It seems to have ended its flying career operating with Central African Cargo when its nose-gear collapsed during a hard landing on 3 Apr 2004 at Shabunda airport in the Congo Democratic Republic.  (Mike Kaehler)

 (DND Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan (Serial No. 109151), Ottawa, 1967.  Note the red roundel.

(DND Photo)

Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan (Serial No. 10954), in service with the CF. 

 (DND Photo)

Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan (Serial No. 109154), over Colorado.

(RCAF Photo)

Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan (Serial No. 10956), in service with the RCAF, March 1966.

  (Ahunt Photo)

Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan (Serial No. 10956), in service with the CF.

 (RCAF Photo via Francois Dutil)

Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan (Serial No. 10959), in early service with the RCAF, ca 1960s.

 (Mike Freer - Touchdown Aviation Photo)

Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan (Serial No. 109159).