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Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck #689

CF-100 #689 (BAF AX-5)

 

The Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck (affectionately known as the "Clunk") was a Canadian jet interceptor / fighter serving during the Cold War both in NATO bases in Europe and as part of NORAD. The CF-100 was the only Canadian-designed fighter to enter mass production, serving primarily with the RCAF/CAF and in small numbers in Belgium.

 

On July 28th, 1957 the Belgian Government announced that they preferred the Avro CF100 Canuck over the Gloster Javelin, the Sud Avation Vautour IIN, the North American F86K Sabre and the Northrop F89D Scorpion as the first "all-weather" fighter for the Belgian Air Force.


In total 54 Canucks were bought for the total sum of 42 million dollar (75% paid for by the US and 25% paid by Canada).


Only 53 aircraft were ever delivered as one was damaged prior to delivery.


In December 1957 a first batch of 15 Canucks was ferried from RCAF Uplands to Marville (France), piloted by Canadian crews of 428 and 410 Squadron.


In Marville the Belgian pilots took over and delivered the aircraft to Beauvechain, Belgium.


The Canucks saw service with No. 11, 349 and 350 Squadron of No 1 "All Weather" Fighter-Bomber Wing at Beauvechain.


The aircraft saw only service until 1963 when it was replaced by the Lockheed F104G Starfighter.


Unfortunately not one was maintained for preservation as all remaining aircraft were sold to scrap dealer Van Heyghen and broken up at Gent.

 

In September 1971 Canada's Department of Trade and Commerce sold CF-100 18534 to Belgium for $1.00.
It is now on display in Brussels.


 

The AVRO CF-100 by Larry Milberry

re: CF-100 Mk5 18534

The AVRO CF-100 by Larry Milberry

 

"When the Belgians brought in the Starfighter, their CF-100s were immediately ferried to near the coast and scrapped. The job was done so quickly that not a single CF-100 was spared. It suddenly occurred to the Belgians that they hadn’t saved an aircraft for their museum! Ironically, they had to turn to Canada to acquire a Clunk for display. In September 1971 Canada’s Department of Trade and Commerce sold Belgium aircraft 18534 for $1.00. The aircraft was loaded aboard the Belgian troopship Godetia November 18, 1971 and arrived at Ostend six days later. It is now on display in Brussels."