Air Enthusiast 1997-03
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CF-100 AX-36 carrying the markings of 350 ‘Smaldeel’. Illustration taken from the book ‘The Belgian Air Force’ by John Pacco.
Mk 5 18779 of the Electronic Warfare Unit, North Bay. Upon retirement, this machine was preserved at Colorado Springs, at the NORAD site.
No 423 ‘Eagle’ Squadron Mk 4B 18364 based at Grostenquin, France, as part of the RCAF 2 Wing. No 423 disposed of its CF-100s in December 1962.
Electronic warfare trainer Mk 4B 18485 of the North Bay-based 414 ‘Black Knight’ Squadron. Entering service in June 1955, ’485 ended its days as an instructional airframe.
Taken on strength by the RCAF in May 1955, Mk 4B 18393 last served as part of 3 Wing based at Zweibrucken, West Germany, with 440 Squadron. The unit gave up its CF-100s in December 1962, with 18393 being presented to the College of Aeronautics at Cranfield, Bedfordshire,for use as an instructional airframe on October 3, 1962. In 1975 the ‘Clunk’ was acquired by Ormond Haydon-Baillie and ferried to Duxford under the civil registration G-BCYK on March 29, 1975. Ormond had plans to operate the aircraft on the show circuit, but this was cut short when he was tragically killed on July 3, 1977. The CF-100 was then acquired by the Imperial War Museum and remains on display at Duxford.
The second prototype CF-100,18102 ‘FB-X’ made its first flight from Malton on July 10, 1950. The badge under the nose is that of the RCAF. Its career was short, crashing at London, Ontario, on April 5 the following year, killing both members of the crew.
A CF-100 showing the ‘moustaches’ of 350 ‘Smaldeel’.
Crews are helped to strap into a Belgian Air Force ‘Clunk’ at Beauvechain. Going by the ‘moustache’ marking on the pilot’s helmet, the aircraft is assigned to 350 ‘Smaldeel’. Note also the Plexiglas windshield for the navigator’s cockpit.
Another view of AX-9. Camouflage scheme was essentially similar on each of the Belgian ‘Chinks’.
Pre-flighting AX-40
AX-26 showing the bat markings of 11 ‘Smaldeel’ on the engine intake. Also visible are the de-icing vanes on the intake ‘bullet’ that often gave rise to rude comments that ‘Clunks’ were in fact propeller-driven!
A view of AX-9 without visible unit allegiance.
Line-up of Mk4Bs outside the production shops at Malton.
Former RCAF CF-100 Mk.5 18534 on display within the incredible ‘Musee Royal de l’Armee’ in Brussels. A dollar well spent!
An extended-span CF-100 Mk 5 18517 in the markings of the Weapons Practice Unit at Cold Lake. It carries the 2.75in rocket pods on the wingtips. The nose cone to the pod was frangible and was blown away on rocket launch.
Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck Mk.5.