Fighter res­cue mis­sion half there

But CF-100 faces year-end dead­line for $41K to se­cure city’s 75-per-cent pledge

Calgary Herald - - CITY+REGION - BILL KAUF­MANN BKauf­[email protected]­media.com on Twit­ter: @Bil­lKauf­man­njrn

Fundrais­ing ef­forts to re­store a rust­ing Cold War air­craft have reached half the re­quired alti­tude.

But the mis­sion to se­cure a to­tal of $320,000 to fix a 1950s-vin­tage CF-100 Canuck is get­ting short of run­way.

The Hangar Flight Mu­seum, which is host­ing the fighter plane, has un­til year’s end to raise an­other $41,000 to se­cure a city pledge to cover 75 per cent of the money needed for the project.

Af­ter four weeks, the mu­seum has col­lected $41,000 for the restora­tion of the twin-en­gine air­craft, the 26th of 692 built to help keep tabs on Soviet bloc forces dur­ing the Cold War.

It came to Al­berta in 1955, even­tu­ally end­ing up as a static dis­play out­side the old down­town Cen­ten­nial Plan­e­tar­ium be­gin­ning in the early 1970s. Since then, it’s spent much of its time ex­posed to the el­e­ments and, due to its unique metal­lic con­struc­tion, de­te­ri­o­rat­ing from the in­side-out.

The Canuck was the only Cana­dian-de­signed fighter to go into mass pro­duc­tion and the first straight-winged air­craft to reach su­per­sonic speeds.

It earned the nick­name Clunk for the sound it made when low­er­ing its land­ing gear.

The mu­seum is plan­ning to ex­pand its tent-style dis­play space to ac­com­mo­date the air­craft.

Mean­while, the mu­seum is pre­par­ing to re­ceive a Sec­ond World War Hawker Hur­ri­cane fighter next spring af­ter 10 years of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion at the Reynolds Al­berta Mu­seum in We­taski­win.

The air­craft type, along with the famed Su­per­ma­rine Spit­fire, played a cru­cial role in turn­ing the 1940 Bat­tle of Bri­tain in the U.K.’s favour.

The mu­seum will also be mark­ing the re­turn of a 1930s deHavil-land Tiger Moth bi­plane trainer next year.

GAVIN YOUNG/FILES

The Avro CF-100 Canuck project at the Hangar Flight Mu­seum in Cal­gary needs an ad­di­tional $41,000 by year’s end.

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