Saturday, November 01, 2008


This is the F-104 Starfighter

This is the CF-100

Good day Marston,


That aircraft that is on the pedistal at St.Hubert is not a CF-104 Starfighter but is a CF- 100. It was built by Avro of Canada. It had a familiar sound as it flew past as being very loud. It was known as the Canuck.


Thank you

Ken Nathan


Thanks Ken

I thought it wasn’t a F-104 but it has been many years now so the memory is not all there..

Hi Marty;


The airplane in the St Hubert photo taken by Normand is a CF-100 and

never did see any wartime service.


It is not a CF-104.  The CF-104  has a very pointed nose cone whereas

the CF-100 has a long rounded nose cone.


The CF-100 was designed and built in Canada by Avro and entered service

in the RCAF in the 1950's.  The CF-104 was designed by Lockheed in the

USA and was built under licence for the RCAF by Canadair.  It entered

service in the RCAF in the 1960's.


The CF-100 was nicknamed the Canuck and the CF-104 was the Starfighter.


The CF-104 was flown by Canadian squadrons based in Germany.  It had

very short wings and crashed quickly if the engines failed.  It was also

nicknamed the Widowmaker by RCAF pilots since many of them crashed when

flying low level missions over Germany.




Thanks John P.

Hello again Marty,


The aircraft in Normand's picture is a CF-100, not a CF-104 as claimed by Andre. It was the first fighter to be completely designed and built in Canada. Its first flight was five months prior to the outbreak of hostilities in Korea. It equipped several RCAF squadrons in Canada, and was active during the 'Cold War' while serving with NATO in Europe. The CF-100 was retired in 1981. A few were also sold to the Belgian Air Force.


While in Air Cadets, I had the good fortune to go for a 'ride' in the back seat of the CF-100 flight simulator at St. Hubert. As I recall, the chap 'flying' crashed. That's the great thing about simulators - you get to walk away.


And, yes, Wikipedia does have info on this CF-100 as well as the CF-104.






Thanks George P

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