The first Canadian Hurricanes were 20 British-built aircraft which arrived in Vancouver by ship early in 1939. They entered service with No 1 (F) Squadron at RCAF Sea Island, now YVR. Most of them were sent back to Britain with the squadron in May 1940, including 314, ex L1763. Photo by: James Crookall / City of Vancouver Archives
Transitting through from India on its way to a Canadian museum. Photo taken as a schoolboy with a very cheap camera, sorry for the quality. Photo was found during a recent house move. Originally built for the RAF as KN820, afterwards it served with 5 and 6 Squadrons of the Indian Air Force. It is now displayed in the Canadian National Aviation Museum in Rockville and is painted in a maritime colour scheme as 11130.
Delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) 29 July 1960. The three unified services became the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) 1 February 1968. Seen here with 411 Squadron at their home base. Crashed near Baudette, Minnesota, USA 19 May 1974. The other aircraft are: 3673 (28), 9413 (389), 9421 (402) and 9422 (404)
All aircraft cancellations can be viewed as sad from a particular perspective but the story of the magnificent Avro CF-105 Arrow, an aircraft that would still have been state of the art and ahead of its time twenty years later, is particularly poignant. After the destruction of the prototypes and subsequent supression of the aircraft's legacy very little has survived. This set of Prototype 3's wings has been placed in storage in the Reserve Collection hangar at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum at Ottawa - Rockcliffe.
Taken on strength in 1967, this Buffalo was converted to Search and Rescue configuration in 1975. It is one of the few Buffalo's that continue to soldier on in the same role. It's now carrying the return to RCAF markings plus the 75th anniversary crest of 442 squadron.