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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 6, Jets, Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter

Canadian Warplanes, Jets, 

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter

Data current to 21 Nov 2018.

The Canadair CF-5 (officially designated the CF-116 Freedom Fighter) is a Canadairr license-built version of the American Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter aircraft flown primarily by the Canadian Forces (as the CF-5) and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (as the NF-5).  The CF-5 was upgraded periodically throughout its service career in Canada.  The Canadian Forces retired the type in 1995, although CF-5s continue to be used by other countries.

The CF-5 was ordered by the RCAF, which became part of the Canadian Forces on 1 February 1968.  The new unified force took delivery of the first CF-5s (it was almost universally referred to as the CF-5 except in official documentation) at the end of 1968.  Production by Canadair for the Canadian Forces was 89 single-seat aircraft, 46 dual-seat aircraft and 75 single-seat with 30 dual-seat aircraft for the Royal Netherlands Air Force, a total production of 240.  Some surplus Canadian aircraft were sold to Venezuela.  (Wikipedia)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (89), CF-116D (46) for a total of 136 aircraft.

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighters firing CRV-7 rockets, Primrose Lake, Alberta. (DND Photo via James Craik)

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Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116733),  433 Sqn, 1973.

Canadair CF116 (Serial No.116715), 419 Sqn, AEC 89 1048.  (CF Photo via Mike Murphy)

(DND Photo via James Craik)

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

 (Canadian Forces Photo)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116703), 419 Sqn.

(Alain Rioux Photo)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116703).

 (NMNA Photo)

 Canadair CF-116A Freedom Fighter and CF-116B, Canadian Forces, in formation with two US Marine Corps McDonnell F-4N Phantom II (BuNos. 151514 and 152977).

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter Survivors include:

 (Mike Klaybourne Photo)

 (Mike Kaehler Photos)

 (Mike Kaehler Photo)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116740), c/n 1040, 419 Sqn, mounted on a pylon outside the Airport terminal at Kamloops, British Columbia.  Originally ordered as RCAF (Serial No. 14740), this aircraft was re-marked before completion.  Delivered direct to storage at CFB North Bay or CFB Trenton, Ontario.  With 433e L’Escadre de Combat when it visited California in 1983.  Later with 419 Squadron, CFB Cold Lake, Alberta.  Special airshow markings (red and white all over) as “Moose Bird”.  Stored at Cold Lake in February 1995.  Mounted on pedestal at Fulton Field, Kamloops, British Columbia, on 17 June 1995.  (Fulton Field is named after first commander of 419 Squadron, W/C J. “Moose” Fulton, lost in action July 1942.)  Robert Thomson designed the colour scheme on this aircraft.

 (Peter Paulsen Photo)

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Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116707), mounted on twin pylons.  The RCAF Museum, The Military Museums, 4520 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary Alberta.

 (Krystle Wilson Photo)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116736), mounted on a pylon, CFB Cold Lake, Alberta.  Originally ordered as RCAF 14736, re-marked before completion.  Initial delivery to CFB Bagotville, Québec.  Served with 433e L’Escadre de Combat, CFB Bagotville, Québec.  Preserved, displayed at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta by April 1995.

 (Slavic Historian Photo)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116704), CLAFM, CFB Cold Lake, Alberta.  Flew with 433 Squadron, 434 Squadron and 419 Squadron.  It finished its life with 419 Squadron and was sent into storage at CFB Mountain View in 1995. It was later shipped to the museum, and in 2007, it was assembled and painted in CAF Era Markings by 1 AMS.

 (Krystle Wilson Photo)

Canadair CF-116D Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116832), 419 Squadron, silver, dual.  CLAFM, CFB Cold Lake, Alberta.

 (Author Photo)

Canadair CF-116D Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116815), R-AM, Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

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Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116749), camouflage, mounted on a pylon on the corner of Ness Ave., and Conway St., AFHM&AP, CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Originally ordered as RCAF (Serial No. 14749), re-marked before completion.  Delivered direct to storage at CFB North Bay, or CFB Trenton, Ontario.  With No. 434 Squadron in 1982.  With 433e L’Escadre de Combat in 1983. Became instructional airframe A887. Preserved, on display at Air Command Headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba by April 1995.

 

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116759), inside the Base Borden Military Museum, CFB Borden, Ontario.

 (Author Photo)

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Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116769), in front of the Officer's Mess, Base Borden Military Museum, CFB Borden, Ontario.

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Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116710), Base Borden Military Museum, CFB Borden, Ontario.

 (Alain Rioux Photo)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116713), Canadian Air Land Sea Museum (CALSM), Markham, Ontario.

 (Alain Rioux Photo)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116724), Canadian Air Land Sea Museum (CALSM), Markham, Ontario.

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116726), Canadian Air Land Sea Museum (CALSM), Markham, Ontario.

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116743) Canadian Air Land Sea Museum (CALSM), Markham, Ontario.

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116747) Canadian Air Land Sea Museum (CALSM), Markham, Ontario.

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116750) Canadian Air Land Sea Museum (CALSM), Markham, Ontario.

 (Alain Rioux Photo)

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Canadair CF-116 (CF-5) Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116763).

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116763) Canada Air and Space Museum (CASM, Ottawa, Ontario.

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No.), Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No.), Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No.), Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No.), Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No.), CFSATE, CFB Borden, Ontario.

 (jiggs11 Photo)

 (Andre Blanchard Photo)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116730), 419 Squadron, Memorial Military Museum (MMM), Campbellford, Ontario.

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116772), Memorial Military Museum (MMM), Campbellford, Ontario.

 (Ahunt Photo)

 (Author Photo)

 (Ahunt Photo)

Canadair CF-116A Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116757), CWHM, Mount Hope, Ontario; Ontario.  Originally ordered as RCAF 14757, re-marked before completion.  Delivered direct to storage at CFB North Bay or CFB Trenton.  Later to No. 434 Squadron.  After it was retired from the Canadian Forces in 1989, it was moved to the RCAF Memorial Museum in Trenton, Ontario. Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum acquired the aircraft from the Department of National Defence in 1996.  

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Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116715), camouflage, mounted on a pylon near 1 Canadian Division HQ, CFB Kingston, Ontario.

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Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116721).  National Museum of the RCAF, CFB Trenton, Ontario.  The museum’s Freedom Fighter initially served as a tactical fighter and trainer for No. 434 Squadron in Cold Lake, Alberta.  In 1976, it was transferred to No. 419 ‘Moose’ Squadron, where it was used primarily for training.  The paint scheme for 116721 commemorates the history of ‘Moose’ Squadron and the colours of our national flag.

Canadair CF-116A Freedom Fighters (Serial Nos. Unknown), Mountainview Storage Centre, CFB Trenton, Ontario.

  (Author Photo)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116746), mounted on a pylon near the Army Reserve HQ, Toronto, Ontario.

 (Alain Rioux Photo)

 (Author Photo)

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116739), silver, mounted on a pylon near Highway 401 at Glen Miller Drive, Trenton.

Canadair CF-116A Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116739), Trenton, Ontario.  Originally ordered as RCAF (Serial No. 14739), re-marked before completion.  Delivered direct to storage at CFB North Bay or CFB Trenton.  Later to 433e L’Escadre de Combat, CFB Bagotville, Québec.  Visited Portage, in this unit’s colours in 1983.  Preserved, displayed in front of the Holiday Inn at Trenton, Ontario by April 1995.

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Canadair CF-116D Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116809), grey cam.  Ordnance Museum, Montreal, Quebec.

Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116733), BADM, CFB Bagotville, Québec.  Originally ordered as RCAF 14733, re-marked before completion. Delivered direct to storage at CFB North Bay or CFB Trenton. Used to test Canadair designed camera nose. Later to 433e L’Escadre de Combat, CFB Bagotville, Québec in 1982 and 1983. Seen with flight refuelling probe while at Bagotville. Preserved, displayed at Bagotville by April 1992.

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Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116748), ACAM, Halifax Airport, Nova Scotia.  Originally ordered as RCAF 14748, re-marked before completion.  Delivered direct to storage at CFB North Bay or CFB Trenton.  Later to AETE, CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, 1972.  With No. 434 Squadron in 1983. In storage at Aircraft Maintenance Development Unit at CFB Trenton by February 1995. Being disassembled for spares at that time.  To Atlantic Canada Aviation & Space Museum, Halifax International Airport, spring of 1998.  Repainted in 434 Squadron markings from 1980s.

Canadair CF-116D Freedom Fighter (Serial No. 116832), SAM, Shearwater, Nova Scotia.  419 Squadron, Silver, dual.