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Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Canadair CL-2 North Star and Canadair C-5 North Star transports

Canadian Warplanes of the Post War Piston Era, Canadair CL-2 North Star and Canadair C-5 North Star transports

Data current to 6 May 2019.

Canadair CL-2 North Star Mk. I (17), (Serial Nos. 17501-17517), Mk. 1I (7), (Serial Nos. 17518-17523, 17525), for a total of 24 aircraft.

Canadair CL-11, RCAF C-5 North Star VIP Transport (DC-4/C-54 Skymaster/DC-6 hybrid), (1), (Serial No. 17524, later 10000).

Canadiar CL-2 North Star Mk. 1, RCAF (Serial No. 17512) cn 119, high artic, ca 1950s.  (RCAF Photo via Shaun Mullins)

 

Canadair CL-2  North Star Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 17518).  (RCAF Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

Canadair CL-2  North Star Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 17518).  (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CL-2 North Star Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 17508), landing.  (RCAF Photos courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

Canadair CL-2 North Star, being unloaded by Canadians on UN Duty, ca 1960s.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4234732)

Canadair CL-2 North Star, RCAF (Serial No. 17507), with Canadians on UN Duty, ca 1960s.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4234733)

Canadair CL-2 North Star, Experimental and Proving Establishment, 26 July 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584272)

Canadair CL-2 North Star, with RCAF refuelling tender No. 655, 6 Sep 1949.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584297)

Canadair CL-2 North Star Mk. I, RCAF, Airlift Tokyo, 29 Dec 1950.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3585507)

 (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-2 (C-54GM) North Star, RCAF (Serial No. 17514). c/n 121.  Taken on strength 8 March 1948.  With No. 425 (T) Squadron.  To Greenland for Operation Re-supply in April 1952.  With No. 426 (T) Squadron at RCAF Stations Dorval, PQ and Trenton, Ontario.  Fitted briefly with belly radar installation in late 1950s.  Delivered nerve gas from Baltimore, USA to Suffield, Alberta, June 1959.  Carried UN troops and supplies to Belgium Congo, in 1960. SOC 27 September 1956 - Free issue to National Research Council.  Later to civil register as CF-SVP-X. Operated by National Aeronautical Establishment with extensive magnetic survey gear.  Used to map earth's magnetic field, and to develop anti-submarine detection gear.  Last airworthy North Star.  Last working flight on 8 May 1975, on behalf of the National Aeronautical Establishment.  Later to Crown Assets for disposal, offered for sale from November 1978.  Purchased by Aircraft Salvage of Dallas, Texas in February 1979.  Sold to Miami based company.  Operated in Caribbean until about 1980, Reg. No. N8022L.  Allegedly used in smuggling operations.  Scrapped early 1980s at Greater Inagua Island.  (rwrwalker.ca)

RCAF refuelling tender servicing a Canadair CL-2 North Star, 23 May 1951.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584501)

Canadair CL-2 North Star Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 17513), Rockcliffe Ice Wagon, Experimental Proving Establishment. (Library and Archives Canada Photo,  MIKAN No. 3584400)

Canadair CL-2 North Star Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 17513), Rockcliffe Ice Wagon, Experimental Proving Establishment, 1 Oct 1952.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584727)

Canadair CL-2 North Star Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 17513), Rockcliffe Ice Wagon, Experimental Proving Establishment, Air Force Day 1953.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584866)

Canadair CL-2 North Star Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 17513), Rockcliffe Ice Wagon, Experimental Proving Establishment, 18 Dec 1953. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584878)

Canadair CL-2 North Star Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 17513), Rockcliffe Ice Wagon, Experimental Proving Establishment, 8 Aug 1959.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643748)

Canadair C-5 North Star VIP Transport, RCAF (Serial No. 10000).  (RCAF Photo)

 

Canadair C-5 North Star VIP Transport, RCAF (Serial No. 10000).  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair C-5 North Star VIP Transport, RCAF (Serial No. 10000), 25 Sep 1951.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3388176)

Canadair C-5 North Star VIP Transport, RCAF (Serial No. 10000).  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584501), right.

Canadair C-5 North Star, RCAF (Serial No. 10000).  (CANAV Books Photo)

Canadair C-5 North Star.  (DND Photo via James Craik)