Saturday, March 28, 2009

Aiming for a North Star

Restoring an important part of our aviation and RCAF heritage (via Spotlight on Military News and International Affairs):
Wizards and Merlins: Restoration of a Canadian classic powered by volunteers

It was with the Royal Canadian Air Force that the Canadair North Star etched her place in history. They carried Canuck soldiers, airmen, wounded, VIPs, diplomats and cargo to our far-flung commitments, outposts, airfields and battlefields. There are no airmen of 1950s and 60s RCAF pedigree who do not have a North Star story to tell.

Recently, Vintage Wings visited the Canada Aviation Museum to learn first hand about Project North Star - the Museum's supervised volunteer pilot program to help them restore not only a Canadair North Star, but several aircraft that have been stored outdoors for far too long...

News Photo

Canadair built 71 North Star airframes under various designations - North Star, C54GM, DC4M and C5. Here a "Canadair Four" promo-aircraft in factory sales-tour paint scheme poses for a camera ship. Credit: Canadair via Jean-Francois Mongeau...


Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

There's a very informative Wiki article on the Canadair North Star, with some nice photos.

(Wow-a thoroughbred, powered by four Rolls Royce Merlin engines! Arguably the greatest military aircraft engine before jets, that powered the Spitfire, the Lancaster bomber, and also -manufactured under licence in America- allowed the P-51 Mustang and P-38 Lightning to become the great fighters they were, after replacement of previous, inferior engines.)

12:44 a.m., March 29, 2009  

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