Avro Canada CF100 Canuck Mk.5

Avro Canada CF100 Canuck AX-3

Avro Canada CF100 Canuck Mk.5

Twin engined all-weather interceptor

On July 28th, 1957 the Belgian Government announced that Avro CF100 Canuck was the preferred  choice 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, Ottawa to Marville (France) via Goose Bay and Keflavik, piloted by Canadian crews of 428 and 410 Squadron. From Marville Belgian pilots delivered the aircraft to Beauvechain airbase. The Canucks served with Nrs 11, 349 and 350 Squadron of the 1st "All Weather" Wing at Beauvechain. This huge fighter was only used until 1964 when it was replaced by the Lockheed F-104G Starfighter. Unfortunately not a single Belgian Air Force Canuck was preserved as all remaining aircraft were sold to scrap dealer Van Heyghen and broken up at Gent. A Canadian Air Force "Cluck" is on public viewing at the Royal Army Museum in Brussels.


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Serial C/N Date In Date Out History
AX-1 18685 Sep 1957 Mar 1963 AX-1, Operation Simba, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-2 18686 Dec 1957 Dec 1962 AX-2, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-3 18687 Dec 1957 Nov 1962 AX-3, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-4 18688 Dec 1957 Dec 1962 AX-4, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-5 18689 Dec 1957 Feb 1963 AX-5, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-6 18690 Dec 1957 Oct 1961 AX-6, written off at Beauvechain on 5 Oct 1961 in landing accident due to a technical malfunction
AX-7 18691 Dec 1957 Feb 1964 AX-7, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-8 18692 Dec 1957 Oct 1962 AX-8, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-9 18693 Dec 1957 Oct 1963 AX-9, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-10 18694 Dec 1957 Feb 1964 AX-10, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-11 18695 Jul 1958 Feb 1964 AX-11, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-12 18696 Dec 1957 Dec 1962 AX-12, Operation Simba, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-13 18697 Dec 1957 Jul 1962 AX-13, crashed off Ile Rousse/Corsica (F.)
AX-14 18698 Dec 1957 Dec 1962 AX-14, Stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-15 18699 Nov 1957 Apr 1961 AX-15, written off in belly landing at Gosselies on 14 Apr 1961
AX-16 18700 Mar 1958 Nov 1963 AX-16, Stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-17 18701 Mar 1958 Mar 1963 AX-17, Stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-18 18702 Dec 1957 Feb 1964 AX-18, Stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-19 18703 Dec 1957 Feb 1963 AX-19, Stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-20 18704 Mar 1958 Apr 1963 AX-20, Stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-21 18705 Mar 1958 Nov 1962 AX-21, Stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-22 18706 Mar 1958 Dec 1962 AX-22, Stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-23 18707 Mar 1958 Mar 1963 AX-23, Operation Simba, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-24 18708 Mar 1958 Oct 1962 AX-24, Stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-25 18709 Mar 1958 Feb 1963 AX-25, Stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-26 18710 Mar 1958 Apr 1063 AX-26, Stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-27 18711 Mar 1958 Mar 1963 AX-27, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-28 18712 Mar 1958 Mar 1963 AX-28, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-29 18713 Mar 1958 Nov 1963 AX-29, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-30 18714 Mar 1958 Aug 1960 AX-30, crashed upon landing at Beauvechain on 9 Aug 1960.
AX-31 18715 May 1958 Feb 1963 AX-31, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-32 18714 Mar 1958 Aug 1960 AX-32, crashed short of the runway at Beauvechain on 27 Sep 1969
AX-33 18717 Mar 1958 Feb 1963 AX-33, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
- AX-34 18718 May 1958 Jul 1959 AX-34, broke up in flight over Beauvechain on 30 Jul 1959.
AX-35 18719 May 1958 Feb 1964 AX-35, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-36 18720 May 1958 Apr 1963 AX-36, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-37 18721 May 1958 Nov 1963 AX-37, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-38 18722 May 1958 Feb 1964 AX-38, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-39 18723 May 1958 Apr 1963 AX-39, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-40 18724 Jul 1958 Feb 1964 AX-40, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-41 18725 May 1958 Mar 1963 AX-41, crashed at Folkestone (U.K.) on low level flight on 13 Mar 1963.
AX-42 18726 May 1958 Oct 1963 AX-42, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent 
AX-43 18727 Jul 1958 Nov 1963 AX-43, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent  
AX-44 18728 Apr 1958 Dec 1962 AX-44, Operation Simba, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-45 18729 Jul 1958 Nov 1963 AX-45, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-46 18730 May 1958 Nov 1963 AX-46, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-47 18738 Jul 1958 Jan 1964 AX-47, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-48 18732 Jul 1958 Dec 1963 AX-48, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-49 18733 Jul 1958  Jan 1964 AX-49, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-50 18734 May 1958 Jan 1964 AX-50, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-51 18735 Jul 1958 Nov 1963 AX-51, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-52 18736 Jul 1958 Dec 1963 AX-52, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
AX-53 18737 Jul 1958 Jan 1964 AX-53, stored at Koksijde, scrapped at Gent
Unidentified Avro CF100 Canuck in flight near Beauvechain airbase in the early sixties.
 

 

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