The Calgary “Clunk”

Another research and story by Clarence Simonsen

Preserving the Past

Research and story by Clarence Simonsen

CF-100 - 1

The new design to meet the RCAF specification for a Canadian all-weather fighter was initiated at Avro Canada in October 1946. The fighter would be able to patrol the vast areas of Canada’s far north and operate in all weather conditions day or night. The two seat fighter was crewed by a pilot and navigator powered by the Canadian built Avro Orenda gas turbojet engines.

CF-100 - 2

The first two aircraft were given the Mark I prototype designation and serial number 18101 and 18102.

CF-100 - Copie (3)

The first CF-100 prototype serial 18101 emerged from the factory wearing overall gloss black finish with white lightning bolts running full length on the fuselage and twin engines. The pilot was the chief test pilot for Gloster Aircraft Company, S/L Bill Waterton, who was on loan to Avro Canada. The twin engines Rolls-Royce Avon RA3 turbojets. She carried the code letters FB-D…

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