Avro Canada Canuck (“Clunk”)

CF-100 Canuck Mk IV

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Two CF-100 Mk IV Canucks in flight. PC-1089

Overview

Overview

The RCAF named the CF-100 “Canuck,” after the much earlier Curtis JN-4 Canuck trainer of the First World War. However, the name Canuck was never really accepted for the jet aircraft and the crews more often referred to the type as the “Clunk”. The twin-engine, all-weather interceptor was designed and built entirely in Canada. The CF-100’s good climb, excellent fire control and radar systems, twin-engine reliability and all-weather capability made the aircraft highly suitable for Canadian and NATO air defence roles of the Korean and Cold War eras. Belgium also selected the design for its NATO forces. After a successful career in the RCAF/Canadian Armed Forces as a fighter, the aircraft type was later modified as an electronic countermeasures (ECM) trainer and was fitted with electronic ECM and chaff-dispensing equipment. A black paint scheme was chosen by Avro for the prototype aircraft and, to commemorate the type’s retirement, a Mark V aircraft was repainted in this original colour scheme.

Designation CF‑100
Marks Mk 1, 2, 3A/B, 4 A/B, 5D/M, 6
Role Fighter / electronic warfare trainer
Taken on strength 1951
Struck off strength 1981
Number 692
Service RCAF / Canadian Armed Forces

Source: Canadian Combat and Support Aircraft: A Military Compendium by T.F.J. Leversedge © 2007. Translated and reproduced with permission of the author.

Technical specifications

Technical specifications (Mk IV)

Manufacturer Designed and built by Avro Canada
Crew / passengers Two crewmembers (pilot/navigator) in ejection seats
Powerplant Orenda series 11 or 17 turbojet
Maximum speed 604 mph (972.3 km/h)
Cruising speed 460 mph (741 km/h)
Service ceiling 41,000 ft (12,496 m)
Range 2,303 mi (3,706 km)
Empty weight 23,100 lbs (10,487 kg)
Gross weight  33,000 lbs (14,969 kg)
Span 57 ft 6 in (16.31 m)
Length 54 ft 2 in (16.5 m)
Height 14 ft 6 in (4.43 m)
Wing area 526.6 sq ft (48.92 m2)
Armament Provisions for bombs, rockets (unguided), missiles
Cost $660,000

Source: Canadian Combat and Support Aircraft: A Military Compendium by T.F.J. Leversedge © 2007. Translated and reproduced with permission of the author.

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