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RCAF & Canadian Armed Forces Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan 1960s-1990s – Photo History

Canadian Armed Forces Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan 109160 at Calgary July 1971.

RCAF & Canadian Armed Forces Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan 1960s-1990s – Photo History Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick (unless otherwise indicated) Write up by Henry Tenby The turboprop era for the RCAF began in 1960 with the introduction of the CC-109 Cosmopolitan. The aircraft was essentially a license conversion of the Convair Twin of the then […]

RCAF & Canadian Armed Forces DHC-4 CC-108 Caribou and CC-115 DHC-5 Buffalo 1960s-1980s – Photo History

RCAF United Nations DHC-4 Caribou 5322 air-to-air circa late 1950s or early 1960s.

RCAF & Canadian Armed Forces DHC-4 CC-108 Caribou and CC-115 DHC-5 Buffalo 1960s-1980s – Photo History Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick (unless otherwise indicated) Write up by Henry Tenby To fill the shorter haul and smaller cary transport requirement of the RCAF one level down from the C130 Hercules, the RCAF took delivery of 11 […]

Canadian Armed Forces Dassault Falcon CC-117 1960s-1980s – Photo History

Canadian Armed Forces Falcon 117505 at YVR Shell Aerocentre (Jens ramp) July 1979.

Canadian Armed Forces Dassault Falcon CC-117 20 1960s-1980s – Photo History Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick (unless otherwise indicated) Write up by Henry Tenby The RCAF and Canadian Armed Forces operated a fleet of 8 Dassault Falcon 10 executive jets on VIP and Government transport duties for a twenty year period. The initial purchase of […]

Canadian Armed Forces Beech Muskateer 1970s – Photo History

Canadian Armed Forces Beech Muskateer 134225 at CFB Moose Jaw July 1977.

Canadian Armed Forces Beech Muskateer 1970s – Photo History Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick (unless otherwise indicated) Write up by Henry Tenby The Canadian Armed Forces took delivery of the Beech Muskateer as a single engine initial pilot trainer starting around 1970 and built up a small fleet as replacements to the RCAF DHC-1 Chipmunks […]

Canadian Armed Forces Lockheed CF-104 Starfighter 1960s-1990s – Photo History

RCAF CF104 Starfighter 12701 taken at an unknown location in the 1960s.

Canadian Armed Forces Lockheed CF-104 Starfighter 1960s-1990 – Photo History Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick (unless otherwise indicated) Write up by Henry Tenby The Lockheed F-104 needs no introduction. As suggested by its appearance, the 1950s supersonic fighter interceptor was aptly referred to as a “man on a missile” and during its decades of service […]

Canadian Armed Forces Avro CF-100 Canuck in the 1970s – Photo History

Canadian Armed Forces CF100 100772 414 Squadron at Vancouver South Terminal June 1974.

Canadian Armed Forces Avro CF-100 Canuck in the 1970s – Photo History Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick (unless otherwise indicated) Write up by Henry Tenby The AV Roe (Avro) CF100 Canuck was a 1950s Canadian designed and built all weather jet interceptor custom developed for the Cold War, NATO and NORAD hostile interception and border […]

Canadian Armed Forces Canadair CL-41 Tutor – Photo History

Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds Canadair CL-41 Tutor 114175 at Abbotsford August 1972.

Canadian Armed Forces Canadair CL-41 Tutor – Photo History Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick (unless otherwise indicated) Write up by Henry Tenby The Canadair CL-41 Tutor was a 1960s designed two person jet trainer custom developed for the initial jet pilot training needs of the RCAF and Canadian Armed Forces. CL-41 production spanned from 1963 […]

RCAF Grumman HU-16 Albatross in the 1960s – Photo History

RCAF HU-16 Albatross 9304 in storage at Saskatoon July 1971.

RCAF Grumman HU-16 Albatross in the 1960s – Photo History Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick (unless otherwise indicated) Write up by Henry Tenby During the 1950s and into the 1960s the RCAF operated a small fleet of Grumman HU-16 Albatross aircraft, primarily in the search and rescue role on the West and East coasts of […]

Canadian Armed Forces De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter – Photo History

Canadian Armed Forces DHC-6 Twin Otter 138807 August 1974.

Canadian Armed Forces De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter – Photo History Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick (unless otherwise indicated) Write up by Henry Tenby The Canadian Armed Forces took delivery of eight examples of the venerable De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter in 1971 with a ninth example added in 1973, and all but […]

1950s RCAF Transports | Neptune Lancaster C119 Northstar Comet Bristol – Photo History

A very rare colour transparency of an RCAF Comet 1 photographed inflight in the very early 1950s.

1950s RCAF Transports | Neptune Lancaster C119 Northstar Comet Bristol – Photo History Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick Collection (unless otherwise indicated) Write up by Henry Tenby During the 1950s and into the 1960s the RCAF operated a fascinating fleet of classic transport aircraft on a wide range of duties serving at various locations across […]

Canadian Armed Forces Northrop CF-5 Freedom Fighter Service History 1960s-1990s – Photo History

Canadian Armed Forces CF5 116840 from CFB Cold Lake at Vancouver June 1975.

Canadian Armed Forces Northrop CF-5 Freedom Fighter Service History 1960s-1990s – Photo History Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick (unless otherwise indicated) Write up by Henry Tenby The Canadian Armed Forces took delivery of large numbers of the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter which was re-designated the CF5 for operations in Canada’s defence. The F5 was built […]

Royal Canadian Navy & Canadian Armed Forces S2 Trackers Service History 1960s-1970s – Photo History

Canadian Armed Force S2 Tracker 12189 at CFB Shearwater September 1973.

Royal Canadian Navy & Canadian Armed Forces S2 Trackers Service History 1960s-1970s – Photo History Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick (unless otherwise stated) Write up by Henry Tenby The Grumman S2 tracker was a very successful 1950s designed twin radial engine maritime search and surveillance aircraft that was first ordered by the US Navy as […]

RCAF & Canadian Armed Forces Lockheed C130 Hercules 1960s-1990s Service History – Photo History

Canadian Armed Forces C130 Hercules 130323 arriving Abbotsford August 1976.

RCAF & Canadian Armed Forces Lockheed C130 Hercules 1960s-1990s Service History – Photo History Photos by Dr. John Blatherwick (unless otherwise stated) Write up by Henry Tenby The venerable Lockheed C130 Hercules has been faithfully serving the air forces the world over since the type first went into service with the US military in the […]

The Airlines of France in the 1960s and 1970s – A Pictorial History

Union De Transports Aeriens DC-8-54 F-BJLB at Paris Orly August 1971.

The Airlines of Frances in the 1960s and 1970s – A Pictorial History Photos from the Collection of Henry Tenby Write up by Henry Tenby As the third largest population in Europe behind the UK and Germany, France’s airline industry was well established into the 1960s with a healthy number of charter airlines serving the […]