Returning to the formal part of my series on the Canada Aviation And Space Museum, I have more of a military theme today. The CF-188B Hornet is a product of McDonnell Douglas. The US military initiated a new fighter program in the early 1970s, and Canada put in an order for these fighters as well, also designated the CF-18B. This one is the first of the line produced for the Canadian Forces. It started operational service for the Canadian Forces in 1982 and ended its career with a landing here at the Rockcliffe Airport in 2001 to join the Museum collection. It seems that an arresting device was used to allow the fighter to land on the short runway, which is usually used by small aircraft like Cessnas.
The Hornet is positioned beside something else, a part of Canadian history.
The Avro Arrow project was a program of the 1950s, ultimately scrapped. In 1952 the government called for a Canadian designed supersonic interceptor. The design that came out was the Arrow, an aerodynamic wonder first unveiled in 1957. Five models were built and tested- and then a new government, the Diefenbaker government, cancelled the entire initiative. The completed aircraft were destroyed, with only surviving elements here and there, such as this nose section, still on display.
On its other side is the Lockheed CF-104 Starfighter. An American fighter that was only used briefly in the United States, this modified version saw more use in the Canadian military. This one has been in the Museum collection since 1968.
Vertical take off and landing (VTOL) is a military term for planes that can take off like a helicopter. Driven by concerns that long runways were vulnerable to attack, the concept of these planes drove the creation of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier, a versatile combat jet. This one was flown by two United States Marine Corps attack squadrons from the 1970s into the 1980s.
Today I leave off with one more fighter jet. The McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo is part of a NATO fighter development program that started in the 1950s and were in service until 1984. A variant of this one, the 101F, is on display over at the War Museum, mounted high above Lebreton Gallery.