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pdf Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe (Serial No. E6938)

The Sopwith Snipe was a British designed fighter aircraft of World War I. A Snipe was flown by Major William Barker in his memorable Victoria Cross winning encounter. Serial Number E6938 is a restored model held in the National Aviation Museum collection. In addition to information pertaining to William Barker and the development of the aircraft, the paper contains details on its specifications.

Vickers-Armstrong Supermarine Spitfire MarkIIB

The Spitfire was one of the iconic aircraft of WWII. This paper provides background on its initial development and specific details on the specifications and service of Serial No. P.8332 which is currently on display in Gallery 3 of the Canadian War Museum.

The Chance-Vought F4U Corsair

This paper describes the development of this American carrier-borne fighter aircraft and its service with the Royal Navy, with which Robert Hampton Gray won his VC while flying a Corsair. The specifications of the aircraft are detailed.

pdf The Nieuport 17C1 Aircraft (693 KB)

The Nieuport 17C1 was a French-designed fighter aircraft of World War I flown by Billy Bishop. A reproduction of his aircraft, Serial No. B1566, is currently in the National Aviation Museum. This paper provides information and specifications of the aircraft.

pdf The Avro CF-100 Interceptor (334 KB)

Describes the design, development, operations and specifications of the only Canadian-designed operational jet-powered fighter aircraft.

pdf The Link Trainer (543 KB)

The story of the development of the Link Trainer- a pilot training simulator used widely during the time of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan of WWII.

pdf The Consolidated PBY Canso/Catalina (519 KB)

Facts and figures on this World War II and post-war amphibious aircraft, made famous as the aircraft flown by Canadian Len Birchall when he notified Ceylon of the approach of an invading Japanese force.

pdf The Bomarc Missile and Missile Crisis (287 KB)

The supersonic United States Bomarc missiles (IM-99A and IM-99B) were the world's first long-range anti-aircraft missiles.  The crisis developed in Canada when the Diefenbaker government decided to purchase nuclear-tipped Bomarc missiles to replace the cancelled CF-105 Arrow aircraft.

pdf The Avro CF-105 Arrow (368 KB)

The Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow was a delta-winged interceptor aircraft, designed and built by Avro Aircraft Limited (Canada). The CF-105 was intended to serve as the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) primary interceptor in the 1960s and beyond.

Not long after the start of its flight test program, the development of the Arrow (including its Orenda Iroquois jet engines) was abruptly and controversially halted, sparking a long and bitter political debate.

pdf The Bristol Beaufighter (566 KB)

Originally designed as a night fighter, the Beaufighter was the most heavily armed fighter of World War II. It was adapted for many other roles and served in most theatres of the war.

pdf The DeHavilland Mosquito (446 KB)

The De Havilland Mosquito was one of the most versatile aircraft of WWII. With an airframe made up primarily of laminated wood, the Mosquito was originally conceived as an unarmed (no defensive weapons) fast bomber, but was adapted to many other roles during the air war, including: low to medium altitude daytime tactical bomber, high altitude night bomber, pathfinder, day or night fighter, fighter-bomber, intruder, maritime strike, and fast photo reconnaissance aircraft.

pdf The Tupolev TU-95 Bear (315 KB)

The TU-95 was an iconic aircraft of the Cold War. Its development in the early 1950’s gave the Soviet Union the capability to deliver nuclear weapons deep into North American territory. It remains in service and is not scheduled to be retired until 2040 which would give it almost 90 years in service!


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