Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Bomarc, Labrador, And A 47G

This is the furthest point in the Canada Aviation And Space Museum from the entrance. It is used as a demonstration area. What stands at the background is a Boeing CIM-10B Super Bomarc. This was an anti-aircraft missile used by the American and the Canadian military from 1962-72. Never used in combat, they could be outfitted for nuclear warheads, and once obsolete were used as target drones for more advanced weaponry. This Bomarc was transferred to the Museum in 1972.

Here we have a wider view of the path.

It includes the rear view of the Hornet. Alongside it is a contemporary unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

I return to the Labrador, the CH-113 helicopter used for search and rescue. This one came online in the Canadian Forces in 1963 and saw a long service life, the final of its class to serve. It was retired in 2004 and given to the Museum.

Beside it is a Bell HTL-6 (47G) helicopter. First developed in Texas in 1945, this is the first commercially licensed helicopter and remained in production for three decades. It has been used both in military and the civilian sectors. This particular one served out its career with the Canadian navy before joining the collection here in 1967.


  1. The CH-113 helicopter sure is very impressive - as is the whole exhibition!

  2. I wonder how much effort and money has been spent on weapons and planes that have never been used - not that I want us to be using weapons if we can help it! Around here yellow helicopters are used by the Air Ambulance Service - as flown until recently by Prince William.

  3. It is counterintuitive that helicopters fly! The yellow one is a beauty.


  4. ...the the Labrador is an impressive helicopter!

  5. Thank goodness those missiles were never used.

  6. Fascinating aircraft. I thought all modern helicopters were Bell.

  7. Good collection of helicopters...and nice to see them next to each other for comparison.

  8. I did have a few rides in the Bell. I landed on a ship deck one time. I quite often tell about the experience of landing on the ship. From a distance it looks impossible.

  9. I think those rescue helicopters are pretty amazing.

  10. It must take a long while to go through this museum, especially with a camera -- there is so much there!

  11. Labrador is an interesting name for a helicopter. And it is massive compared to the Bell next to it.

  12. @Iris: I agree.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Jan: that it is.

    @John: at least it's best to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them.

    @Janis: definitely!

    @Tom: I agree.

    @Marie: indeed.

    @DJan: fascinating to say the least.

    @Barbara: it is. Quite a difference in size.

    @Red: it would take a lot of pilot skill.

    @Sharon: they are indeed.

    @Jeanie: there is a lot.

    @Sami: it is big.

  13. Wonderfully informative historic post and great photos!

    Happy Days to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. love the yellow helicopter, awesome!! i want one. lol!! ( ;

  15. That is an impressive helicopter!

  16. I think I now know more about our planes than I ever did before! Thanks!

  17. The helicopters are pretty impressive.

  18. @Carol: thanks!

    @Beth: they'd probably be unavailable to the public.

    @Lois: both are!

    @RedPat: you're welcome.

    @Bill: that they are.

    @Mari: things do change!

  19. That helicopter is huge! Enjoyed reading your post.

  20. The Bomarc takes me back. It's one of the few names that I actually recognize.

  21. Fascinating stuff William, love the way they keep these old beauties so pristine ✨

  22. I do like the yellow helicopter.

    All the best Jan

  23. @Happyone: indeed.

    @Betty: thanks!

    @Anvilcloud: it's quite a vehicle.

    @Grace: I do too.

    @Jan: me too.

    @Klara: it is.