Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Mt. Hope - CF-104 Starfighter
Location: N 43° 09.555 W 079° 55.539 On display in front of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, on Airport Road, at the Hamilton International Airport.
The dominant feature, located in front of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, this CF-104 Starfighter bears the designation RCAF 641.
The Canadian built CF-104 Starfighter was one of the most successful jet fighter aircraft to serve with Canada's Air Force. A total of 340 fighters were built under license by the Canadian government. The CF-104 was designed as a light-weight nuclear strike aircraft. The aircraft were retired from service in 1986 after being used for over 25 years until they were was replaced by the CF-18.
The CF-104 in front of the museum, bearing serial number 104641, is the "D" model built by Lockheed of which there were 39 purchased for training. **taken from: http://www.warplane.com/pages/aircraft_cf104.html
LOCKHEED (CANADAIR) CF-104 STARFIGHTER
The CF-104 Starfighter was designed in 1952 by C.L. Kelly
Johnson in Burbank, California. In July 1959, 200 CF-104's
were ordered by the RCAF to replacetheir aging F-86 Sabres.
The first Canadair built CF-104 flew in May 1961 with a total
of 340 built under licence in Canada. in 1962, No. 427 Squadron
first flew the CF-104 with NATO in Europe for a nuclear strike
with seven more squadrons joining the following year. CF-104's
continued service in fighter, strike and photo reconnaissance
roles until 1986 when they were eventually phased out.
The Canadian built CF-104 Starfighter was one of the most
successful jet fighter aircraft to serve with Canada's Air Force.
This two-seat Starfighter is a CF-104D and was used for training