Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Canadian Warplanes 6: Jets, Canadair CT-114 Tutor

Canadair CT-114 Tutor

Data current to 26 Feb 2020.

(CAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114147), from AETE in 1993. 

Canadair CL-41A, CT-114 Tutor (190), (Serial Nos. 26001-26190).

            The Canadair CL-41, designated the CT-114 Tutor in RCAF and later unified Canadian Forces use, is a jet trainer aircraft designed and built by Canadair.  Ordered in September 1961, 190 aircraft went on to serve as the Canadian Forces primary jet trainer until 2000, when it was replaced by the CT-155 Hawk and CT-156 Harvard II.  The CL-41G, of which 20 were supplied to Malaysia, was built as a ground-attack aircraft.  The Tutor is perhaps best recognised as the aircraft used by the Snowbirds airshow team.[1]

            Although the CL-41A Tutor has been retired from active training, 22 Tutors continue to fly with the Canadian Forces with the Snowbirds and the Aerospace Engineering and Test Establishment (AETE), at CFB Cold Lake.  A number of Tutor airframes are held in reserve for future deployment as replacement Snowbird mounts.  Today, at least five CL-41s fly as civilian aircraft, including one Tebuan. The original prototype, CF-LTW-X is displayed as a “gate guardian” at Southport Aerospace at the former CFB Portage la Prairie. CL-41R, CF-LTX-X, is now part of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.  John Travolta gave a CL-41G to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, in 2001.

[1] Internet:

(CAF Photo via Tony Edmundson)

Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114062), over CFB Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, ca early 1990s. 

(Trish McNorgan Photo)

Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114189), Moose Jaw. 

(RCAF Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

Canadair CL-41A Tutor (Serial No. 114030) in flight. 

(Trish McNorgan Photo)

Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114189), Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. 

(CF Photo)

Canadair CT-114 Tutors, Golden Centenaire formation flight. 

(Mike Kaehler Photo)

Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 26122), Golden Centennaires.

 (RCAFA Photo)

Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 26183), Golden Centennaires in flight with Avro 504K (Serial No. D8971), C-GYCK.

 (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CT-114 Tutor.

Canadair CT-114 Tutor survivors:

CAFM, 19 Wing, CFB Comox, British Columbia, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114115), Snowbird 3.  

CMF, Langley, British Columbia, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114003).[1] 

CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114114).  

Cold lake Air Force Museum.[2] Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114083), mounted on a pylon.

NLAM, Nanton, Alberta, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114177). 

R-AM, Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114076). 

CFB Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114036).[3] 

WDM, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114021). 

AFHM&AP, 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters, CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114004). 

Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114000). 

WCAM, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114021). 

BBMM, CFB Borden, Ontario, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114012). 

BBMM, CFB Borden, Ontario, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114158). 

CA&SM, Rockcliffe Airport, Ottawa, Ontario, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114108). 

CFB Mountain View, Ontario, Aerospace & Telecommunications Engineering Support Squadron (ATESS).  Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114003); (Serial No. 114005); (Serial No. 114014); (Serial No. 114020); (Serial No. 114024); (Serial No. 114025); (Serial No. 114027); (Serial No. 114029); (Serial No. 114031); (Serial No. 114032); (Serial No. 114033); (Serial No. 114034); (Serial No. 114037); (Serial No. 114038); (Serial No. 114044); (Serial No. 114045); (Serial No. 114046); (Serial No. 114047); (Serial No. 114048); (Serial No. 114050); (Serial No. 114051); (Serial No. 114051); (Serial No. 114052); (Serial No. 114054); (Serial No. 114055); (Serial No. 114056); (Serial No. 114059); (Serial No. 114060); (Serial No. 114062); (Serial No. 114065); (Serial No. 114066); (Serial No. 114067); (Serial No. 114068); (Serial No. 114070); (Serial No. 114071); (Serial No. 114072); (Serial No. 114090); (Serial No. 114093); (Serial No. 114094); (Serial No. 114095); (Serial No. 114096); (Serial No. 114097); (Serial No. 114100); (Serial No. 114106); (Serial No. 114109); (Serial No. 114112); (Serial No. 114113); (Serial No. 114115); (Serial No. 114116); (Serial No. 114121); (Serial No. 114124); (Serial No. 114128); (Serial No. 114131); (Serial No. 114135); (Serial No. 114139); (Serial No. 114140); (Serial No. 114141); (Serial No. 114142); (Serial No. 114144); (Serial No. 114147); (Serial No. 114148); (Serial No. 114149). 

CFB Borden, Ontario, Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Training and Engineering, (CFSATE), Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114002); (Serial No. 114011); (Serial No. 114021); (Serial No. 114023); (Serial No. 114026); (Serial No. 114134); (Serial No. 114039); (Serial No. 114040); (Serial No. 114043); (Serial No. 114053); (Serial No. 114063), cockpit; (Serial No. 114069); (Serial No. 114080); (Serial No. 114087); (Serial No. 114091); (Serial No. 114092); (Serial No. 114105); (Serial No. 114110); (Serial No. 114112). 

CWHM, Mount Hope, Ontario, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114038). 

NAFM, CFB Trenton, Ontario, Canadair CT-114 (Serial No. 114015), White, Snowbird. 

CASM, Toronto, Ontario, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114168). 

CASM, Toronto, Ontario, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. CF-LTW-X), White, CF-104 nose. 

BADM, CFB Bagotville, Québec, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114014), silver, mounted on a pylon. 

GMAM, CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No. 114155). 

SAM, 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, Canadair CT-114/CL-45 Tutor (Serial No. 114075). 

Canadair CT-114 Tutor survivors overseas:  

Canadair CT-114 Tutor (Serial No.). N4017B, still flying with a civilian operator in the USA.

[1] The Museum’s Tutor was used in the Snowbird team in the mid-70s. I t has been refinished in the colours of Snowbird pilot Captain Miles Selby who was tragically killed while flying a Tutor in December 2004.  It is a fitting memorial to Capt Selby, and to all the men and women who have flown the CT-114.  The Tutor was acquired from Crown Assets in 2005 and transported from Ontario by Museum members.

[2] 114114 was used by the Snowbirds as Snowbird 9 in the 1977 season, Snowbird 10 in the 1978 season, and Snowbird 3 in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986 seasons.  Finished in CAF Era Markings.

[3] Mounted as gate guardian at CFB Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1999, with RCAF (Serial No. 26036) and CAF markings.