Avro CF-100 Canuck

Avro CF-100 Canuck, first jet fighter designed and built in Canada. After 4 years' development, it first flew January 1950, and 692 were built. It became operational April 1953 and served 10 years in NORAD and NATO squadrons. It was not as fast as contemporary fighters, but its good climb rate, excellent radar, twin-engined reliability and all-weather capability made it suitable for defence in the extreme conditions of the Canadian North and in the cloud of West Germany. Fifty-three were sold to Belgium. Two are preserved in the National Aviation Museum, one in Calgary Centennial Planetarium and others in parks and bases across Canada. The name "Canuck" was considered inappropriate for a fighter.