Avro CF-100 Canuck / RCAFItem Number: 18
Avro CF-100 airplane model. Originally designated at the XC-100, A.V. Roe Canada Ltd. was officially approached towards the end of 1945 to design an all-weather fighter. The CF-100 was the 1946 brainchild of Edgar Atkin, then Chief Engineer, and John Frost, a designer from de Havilland in England who had worked on the Vampire and 108 Flying Wing project (Frost was also the key player in the Avrocar project) Initial armament requirements were for four 20mm Aden cannons but that was replaced by eight .50 Browning machine guns, the nose radar was originally planned to be the British Mk.9A-1 but this was changed to the American AN-APS-19A. Avro was busy after the war servicing Sea Furies, B-25 Mitchells and Lancaster's, in addition Avro was designing the Avro C.102 during the same time as they were working the Canuck, due to these factors it was not until mid 1948 that tooling was ready for the project, it was the end of 1949 when the first prototype was completed.
The Royal Canadian Air Force began CF-100 operations in 1952 at CFB North Bay and the Canuck saw further modifications including better radar, fire-control system and upgraded engines. The CF-100 was officially retired in October 1981.
Mahogany Wood. Wingspan 14 inches, Length 13 1/2 inches.