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Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Consolidated RY-3 Privateer

Canadian Warbirds of the Post-Second World War Piston Era, Consolidated RY-3 Privateer

Data current to 1 Jan 2019.

Consolidated Model 32 RY-3 Privateer C. Mk. IX (1), (Serial No. JT973).

The RCAF operated a single RY-3 Privateer (RAF Liberator C.IX), (Serial No. JT973), ex-USN RY-3 (BuNo. 90021), aka the "Rockcliffe Ice Wagon".  It was on loan from the RAF from 1946-1948.   JT973 was used for icing research by the RCAF Experimental & Proving Establishment in cooperation with the National Research Council, and was based at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario.  A lack of spare parts kept her grounded much of the time, and was scrapped in 1948 or 1949. 
She was replaced in her ice research duties by RCAF North Star (Serial No. 17513), which was modified with a dorsal wing section on the fuselage and observation blisters.  (Group Captain)

 

Consolidated Model 32 RY-3 Privateer C. Mk. IX, RCAF (Serial No. JT973), Rockcliffe Ice Wagon, 27 Jul 1946.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3574055)

Consolidated Model 32 RY-3 Privateer C. Mk. IX, RCAF (Serial No. JT973), Rockcliffe Ice Wagon, 27 Jul 1946.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643741), right.

Consolidated Model 32 RY-3 Privateer C. Mk. IX, RCAF (Serial No. JT973), Rockcliffe Ice Wagon, 27 Jul 1946.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643740)