Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck Mk.5

On July 28th, 1957 the Belgian Government announced that they preferred 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 Canuck's 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 who delivered the aircraft to Beauvechain.
The Canucks saw service with Nrs 11, 349 and 350 Squadron of No 1 "All Weather" Fighter-Bomber Wing at Beauvechain.
The aircraft saw only service until 1964 when it was replaced by the Lockheed F104G Starfighter.
Unfortunately not one was maintained for preservation as all remaining aircraft were sold to scrapdealer Van Heyghen and broken up at Gent.




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