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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Canadair CF-104 Starfighter

Canadian Warplanes, Jets, 

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter

Data current to 12 Dec 2018.

The Canadair CF-104 Starfighter (CF-111CL-90) was a modified version of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter supersonic fighter aircraft built under licence in Canada by Canadair.  It was primarily used as a ground attack aircraft, despite being designed as an interceptor.  It served with the RCAF and later the Canadian Armed Forces until it was replaced by the McDonnell Douglas CF-118 Hornet.

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.

 (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler).

(RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler).

(RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler). 

(RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler). 

Lockheed F-104A Starfighter (Serial No. 104700).  This was the very first RCAF Starfighter, ex-USAF F-104A-LO, (Serial No. 56-0770).  This aircraft first flew in 1957 with the USAF and eventually, after a few years in storage, it became the test bed for the CF-104 avionics still as an F-104A.  It was delivered to the RCAF on 27 June 1963. It served at Cold Lake, Alberta, in 1963 and then went t the Central Experimental and Proving Establishment (CEPE) at RCAF Station Uplands, Ontario, in 1965.  This aircraft set the Canadian altitude record of 100,110 ft on 14 December 1967, flown by W/C R. A. White of CEPE, out of RCAF Station Uplands.  It only had 780 airframe hours on it when it was transferred to the now Canadian Aviation and Space Museum.   In the first photo, taken at Burbank, California, the aircraft had a mix of RCAF/USAF markings.  On the tail it had 60770 (abbreviated 56-0770) and on the forward fuselage was RCAF + 770.  The second shot shows it wearing the CEPE "X" on the tail and 700 + RCAF.  The Lockheed built duals were in the serial range 12631-12668 and the single seat Canadair built aircraft were in the serial range 12701-12900.

 (aeroprints Photo)

Lockheed F-104A Starfighter, RCAF (Serial No. 12700), Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.

 (SDA&SM Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighters, RCAF (Serial No. 12887) and RCAF (Serial No. 12845).

(RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighters, RCAF (Serial No. 12740) and (Serial No. 12735), ca 1960s.

 (RCAF Photo via Fred Paradie)

Canadair CF-104s Starfighters, CAF (Serial No. 104721), and CAF (Serial No. 12829), Norvenich, Germany, June 1969.

 (RCAF Photo via Daniel Racette)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, RCAF (Serial No. 12797).

 (SDA&SM Archives Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, RCAF (Serial No. 12817).

 (Richard Vandervord Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104865), 14 Aug 1971.

 (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104764).

(RCAF Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104862) with Recce Pod.

(Bernie Lind Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, RCAF (Serial No. 12868), with photo recce pod in flight.

(RCAF Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter with various stores.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4816374)

Recce Pod being shown to Canada's Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson by Wing Commander Bob Edwards and RCAF Officers during a visit to 1 (F) Wing, Marville, France, 18 Jan 1964.

(RCAF Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, RCAF (Serial No. 12898), with drag-chute deployed.

 (John Davies Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104838), 1 CAG, No. 439 Sqn, CFB Baden-Sollingen, Germany, 31 Dec 1976.

 (Peter Bakema Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104756), Tiger Meet markings, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Hamilton, Ontario.

 (Mike Freer, Touchdown Aviation Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104720), No. 421 Squadron based at Baden Sollingen, Germany.

 (Mike Freer, Touchdown Aviation Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104733), No. 439 Squadron based at Baden Sollingen, Germany.

 (Mike Freer, Touchdown Aviation Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104756), 1 Canadian Air Group based at Baden Sollingen, Germany.

(DND Photo)

Canadair CF-104D Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104651), Cold Lake, Alberta, night run up. 

(RCAF Photo)

Canadair CF-104D Starfighter CAF (Serial No. 104645).

(Mike Freer, Touchdown Aviation Photo)

Canadair CF-104D Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104653), based at Baden Sollingen, Germany.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CF-104D Starfighter, CAF (Serial No. 104647), night engine run up.

(RCAF Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighters, RCAF (Serial Nos. 12701, 12702, 12703, 12704, and 12705), Royal Flush.

(RCAF Photo)

Canadair CF-104 Starfighters, RCAF (Serial Nos. 12701, 12702, 12703, 12704, and 12705), Royal Flush.