Air International 1994-10
B.McIntyre - Bluenose T-Birds
Two CT-133s in the standard grey scheme used by most T-Birds in the Canadian Forces are shown flying over the British Columbia mountains. Each jettisonable tip tank carries 727 lit of fuel, the remainder of the 2,563 lit capacity being distributed in the wings and fuselage.
Schooner 50, flown by Lt Darwin MacMillan and Capt Mike Hood performs a low pass over 434’s hangars at Shearwater.
Pulling up into the vertical, CT-133 133579 shows off its 50th anniversary colours applied for the 1993 airshow season. The aircraft is now back in its standard grey overall scheme.
The Canadian Forces operate some 45 CT-133s, including 14 with 414 Squadron at Comox, 14 with 434 Squadron, two with 439 Squadron at Bagotville, five with AETE, and ten with 417 Squadron at Cold Lake. No 414 Squadron had its own ‘special’ T-Bird - 133450, painted in ‘Black Knight’ colours, shown here near Comox.
A close-up of the threat emitter nose extension on aircraft 133656, the last of 656 CT-133s manufactured by Canadair Ltd in Montreal. The small protrusion inside the port intake is the gun camera.
The Delmar DF-4RC Radop (Radar Reflective Optical Scoring Target) system is shown mounted on CT-133 ‘656’. It is not sufficient for the exercising aircraft just to acquire the target on its radar, the pilot must be in sight of the target before he is allowed to open fire - hence the bright colour scheme.
One of 14 Canadair CT-133s operated by 434 Sqn, 133389 touching down at Shearwater. It is one of five threat emitter CT-133s flown by the squadron, identifiable by its small black nose extension.
434 Bluenose CT-133 s commence a three-ship formation take-off at Shearwater. Canadair built 656 CT-133s under license for the Canadian Air Force, but only 45 remain in active service.
The DX-4B target reels mounted under the CT-133's fuselage. Using 10mm diameter tow wire, it provides a tow separation of 4,100m.
Challenger 144611, flown by Maj Dave Dares and Capt Denis Brassard, is one of three electronic warfare CE-144s operated by 434 Sqn. It is shown in standard grey with 434 's Bluenose schooner markings on the fin.
Challenger 144611 off Canada’s east coast. Maritime weather is not always this good, often blanketed by low ceilings in snow, rain and fog. This makes the work load extremely high, particularly when operating with CT-133s as a mixed threat formation.
Canadair CC-144 144609, one of two 'clean' standard passenger Challengers flown by 434 Sqn, shown landing at Shearwater. Note the new glossy grey paint on this particular aircraft.