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Avro CF-100 Canuck — Canada’s first and Canada’s last

14 December 2011

Avro CF-100 Canuck — Canada’s first and her last

A.V. Roe and Company, Avro, gave the world many fine aircraft. Not the least of these aircraft are the Lancaster and Vulcan with their Canadian subsidiary assisting in the manufacturing of many of the aircraft, especially in WW II.

The Canuck is historic for its trend setting, serving as an integral part of the new defense system called NORAD in the 1950s, and was designed for a single purpose — as an interceptor to vie against strategic bombers flying over the Arctic from Russia to targets in Canada and the USA. Flying at high sonic speeds, and with a range of 200o miles (3200km), the powerful Orenda engines could bring eight 0.50″ caliber machine guns, as well as rockets, to the defense of this Canadian/American alliance.

Avro’s CF-100 Canuck is the first fighter aircraft designed and built in Canada — and was also the last. Many are proudly on display throughout Canada and there are at least two on exhibit in the USA — one is in the Cold War Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the other sits at the Castle Air Museum.

The Canuck in the Cold War Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force — photo by Joseph May

Avro CF-100 Canuck at the Castle Air Museum — photo by Joseph May

The large Orenda engines powerfully mark the characteristic Canuck  — photo by Joseph May

The Canuck could also deliver bombs though not generally a primary mission — photo by Joseph May

Pasting the names of the museums into the search window and selecting ENTER will bring up many links to posts about these museums as well as their aircraft.


Additional information can be found easily here:

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has this fact sheet

Castle Air Museum has this fact sheet

Avroland has this page



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