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McDonnel CF-101B - MC Voodoo (1957)

Lockheed CF-104 (1959)

CT-155 Hawk (1969)

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Lockheed CF-104 (1959)

CF-104 Starfighter The Lockheed F-104 was first designed as a light fighter, which was in contrast to the trend after the Second World War towards producing heavier fighter aircraft.

The first flight of the prototype took place at Edwards Air Force Base in California on 4 March 1954. At the time of its testing, it set both altitude and speed records.

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) decided to replace its fleet of F-86 Sabres that were being used in West Germany with the CF-104. Canadair in Montreal manufactured the CF-104, and Orenda Engines built the engine named the, General Electric J-79-OEL-7. The engine produced 4,354 kilograms of thrust, increasing to 6,712 kilograms with the after burner. CF-104 Starfighter

The CF-104 was used on patrols since it had special equipment including a ventral reconnaissance pod, which contained four Vinten cameras and electronic sensors.

The CF-104s were used for Canada’s responsibilities as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

A colour photograph of 2 RCAF VooDoo aircraft flying in formation. Aircraft ID numbers are CAF 406, tail number 17406 and CAF 483, tail number 17483. Read More...

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