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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 6: Jets, Canadair CT-133A Silver Star

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star

Data current to 22 Jan 2021.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21482), gun ports open.

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 1 (20), (Serial Nos. 14675-14694), Mk. 2 (1), (Serial No. 14695), Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 3 (656), (Serial Nos. 21001-21656), later renumbered (Serial Nos. 133001-133656), Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (10), (Serial Nos. 51-6713 – 51-6717, 51-6743 – 51-6747), for a total of 687 aircraft.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

F/L Harvey climbs into a Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 1, RCAF (Serial No. 14687), piloted by F/L Hallowell at Bluie West on the southern tip of Greenland. This was the beginning of a flight across the Atlantic on Operation Random.  The operation was completed by No. 1 Overseas Ferry Unit.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 1, RCAF (Serial No. 14687), on the tarmac at Bluie West in Greenland, where they landed for refuelling before completing Operation Random 14.

 (DND Photo via Chris Charland)

A former US Lockheed T-33A-1-LO Shooting Star re-designated Silver Star Mk. 1, RCAF (Serial No. 14679), given to Canada under the Mutual Assistance Program by the United States.  It is seen here serving with No. 1 (F) OTU at RCAF Chatham, New Brunswick.  A total of 20 Lockheed T-33A-1-LO's were given to Canada under the American Military Assistance program. They were designated the Silver Star Mk. 1, RCAF, (Serial Nos. 14675 to 14694).

 (RCAF Photos via Chris Charland)

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star, RCAF (Serial Nos. 51-6715).

 (RCAF Photo via Francois Dutil)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21013), over RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario.

 (RCAF Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21013), AFS, over RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario.

 (Alain Rioux Photo)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, RCAF (Serial No. 21052), renumbered to (Serial No. 133052).

 (DND Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21057), Red Knight, coded RK, over Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

 (DND Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21057), Red Knight.  This aircraft crashed on 21 Aug 1963 killing the pilot F/L James Wilfrid Morin while performing a Cuban 8 maneuver at Gimli.

 (DND Photo via Francois Dutil)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21057), Red Knight, smoking.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21075).

 (CAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21094), Canadian Forces Europe camouflage, CFB Baden-Soellingen, Germany.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21098), towing targets.

 (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler_

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21118), target tug.

(DND Photo)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21118), over the air weapons range near Cold Lake.  The WPU crest appeared on the starboard nose of unit aircraft.

 (DND Photo)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, RCAF (Serial No. 21119), renumbered to (Serial No. 133119), 1975.

 (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21120), Germany, ca 1957.

 (DND Photo)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21127), Cpl. Al Ewing places a radop target in its receptacle on a 4 Wing aircraft at the Air Weapons Unit in Decimomannu, Sardinia, September 1958.

 (Philippe Colin Photo)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 133315), 1 CAG, CFB Baden Soellingen, Germany, ca 1990.

 (RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21168), head on.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21168)

 (DND Photo)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial Nos. 21177, 21159, 21186, 21170), in formation, from No. 4 Advanced Flying School with NATO crews near Macdonald, Manitoba.

 (CF Photo SW-575)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3, RCN (Serial No. 21186).

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3, RCN (Serial No. 21186).

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21186), renumbered to (Serial No. 133186).

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21189), on the airfield at Decimomannu, Sardinia.

 (DND Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadair CT-133  Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21190), D6 Mule, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 1969.

 (Alain Rioux Photo)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21190) renumbered to (Serial No. 133190), AETE, CFB Cold Lake, Alberta.

 (Philippe Colin Photo)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 133345), 1 CAG, CFB Baden Soellingen, Germany, ca 1990.

 (Photo via Philippe Colin)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3 (Serial No. 133345) with 1 CAG.  This aircraft surpassed the 10,000-hour mark on 28 Jan 1983, with Col Jack Frazer and Capt Doug Erlandson.  The aircraft had been specially painted for the occasion.

  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21423) renumbered to (Serial No. 133423).

 (City of Vancouver Archives Photo, CVA 180-5495)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21434), Pacific National Exhibition, British Columbia, 1958.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21440).

 (Bob Pionteck Photo)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, RCAF (Serial No. 21446), renumbered to (Serial No. 133446), 414 EWS, 417 CSS Cold Lake, Alberta, c2000.

(CF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Canadair CT-133AN Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21452), renumbered to (Serial No. 133452), last flight, Trenton, Ontario, 2005.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, RCAF (Serial Nos. 133452, 133443 and 133599), in formation over CFB Cold Lake, Alberta.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3, RCN (Serial No. 21500), Golden Hawk support aircraft.

 (RCAF Photo via Francois Dutil)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21548), over RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario.  The causeway to the Island to support the Trenton Yacht Club was built on 1961.  It was not built in this photo, so quite some time before then.  The author parachuted onto this island a number of times while serving with the Sky Hawks.

 (RCAF Photo via Francois Dutil)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21548), over RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial Nos. 133599 and 133443), in formation over Cold Lake, Alberta.

 (Author Photos)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star (Serial No. 133606).   Connaught Range and Primary Training Centre, Shirley's Bay, Ottawa, Ontario.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, RCAF (Serial No, 133613) with extended pitot tube, in formation with a Canadair CF-116 Freedom Fighter, AETE, Cold Lake, Alberta.

 (RCAF Photo via Fred Paradie)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21620), Red Knight, lost 21 May 1968.  Note the small maple leaf in the roundel and the Canadian flag.  A solo, aerobatics performer of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Training Command from 1958 through 1969, the role of the Red Knight was actually shared by seventeen different pilots over a period of twelve seasons.  Although originally authorized to perform only three shows, the Red Knight went on to make over six hundred appearances, all over North America.  The Red Knight was commonly sent to venues considered too small for the aerobatics teams of the day.  The unique feature of the Red Knight displays was that all the manoeuvres were performed within the boundaries of the airfield -- keeping the action in view of the spectators throughout the entire show.

 (RCAF Photo, courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21627).

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21628). 

 (Henk Schakelaar Photo)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21628), visiting Soesterberg, The Netherlands, 25 September 1969.  21628 went to SR ADCSU (Strategic Reserve) at Lahr on 20 Aug 1970. She flew from 3 Wing Zweibrücken to 1 Wing Marville to 4 Wing Baden-Soellingen to Lahr in the course of a few months between May and August 1970, being shuffled around as a result of the closure of 3 Wing in 1969.  She was probably one of the seven Silver Stars scrapped at Lahr in the early 70's.  Chris Charland noted that 21628 flew with three of the four wings in their respective Headquarters Flight: 10 March, 1964 - No. 1 Wing - Marville, France; 5 April, 1966 - No. 3 Wing - Zweibrucken, Federal Republic of Germany; 14 September, 1967 - 1 Wing - Lahr. Federal Republic of Germany; 7 August, 1970 - 4 Wing Baden Soellingen, Federal Republic of Germany; 22 July, 1970 - ADCSA Lahr; 20 August, 1970 - Struck off (Airframe) Surplus.

 (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 21630), Red Knight.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Stars, possibly c1959-60, when the Red Knight was based at RCAF Station Saskatoon along with the Central Flying School and 1 AFS.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Stars, possibly c1959-60, when the Red Knight was based at RCAF Station Saskatoon along with the Central Flying School and 1 AFS.

 (Philippe Colin Photo)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 133642), 1 CAG, CFB Baden Soellingen, Germany, ca 1990.

 (Philippe Colin Photo)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 133649), 1 CAG, CFB Baden Soellingen, Germany, ca 1990.

 (Philippe Colin Photo)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3, RCAF (Serial No. 133650), 1 CAG, CFB Baden Soellingen, Germany, ca 1990.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584937)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3 cockpit, 13 May 1954.

 (Alain Rioux Photo)

Canadair CT-133A Silver Star Mk. 3 (Serial No. 133083), in front of the No. 434 Squadron hangar, CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia. No. 434 Squadron was disbanded in July 2002.