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Canadair CP-107 Argus

(DND Photo via James Craik) (Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Canadair CP-107 Argus Mk. 1 (Serial No. 20711), No. 404 'Buffalo' (MP) Squadron.

The Canadair CP-107 Argus (company designation CL-28) was a maritime patrol aircraft designed and manufactured by Canadair for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). In its early years, the Argus was reputedly the finest anti-submarine patrol bomber in the world. The Argus served throughout the Cold War in the RCAF's Maritime Air Command and later the Canadian Force's Maritime Air Group and Air Command.

In 1949, Canadair recognized that the RCAF would soon be looking for a replacement for the Avro Lancasters being used in the maritime patrol role and proposed the CL-29, a variant of the North Star, itself a variant of the Douglas C-54 Skymaster or DC-4 transport. When the RCAF issued the specification in 1952, it was for a larger and more capable aircraft, and two proposals were received. These included a Lockheed Constellation variant from Lockheed, however its low speed handling was deemed inadequate by the RCAF, while Bristol proposed a variant of their Britannia airliner but concerns were raised over its floating controls, where they were controlled via servo tabs rather than direct linkages. The RCAF preferred the Bristol proposal, but it would be developed in Canada. Canadair presented two proposals, the CL-28 also based on the Britannia, which was accepted, and a lowest cost design called the CL-33 which was described as a fat Lancaster. It would have comparable to the Avro Shackleton already being operated by the RAF, but significantly lighter, and was to be powered by the same engines as were used in the CL-28, or similar radial engines.

Canadair began work on the CL-28 in April 1954 and at the time it was the largest aircraft to be built in Canada. The hybrid design, initially referred to as the 'Britannia Maritime Reconnaissance', or 'Britannia MR', was derived from the Bristol Britannia airliner, having the same wings, tail surfaces and landing gear except for being "Americanized" meaning that it used the same general design, but changed from British materials, dimensions and standard parts to American ones. Due to the greater stresses from flying at low altitude for long periods of time, even the components taken from the Britannia needed substantial reinforcement, and to meet these demands, extensive use of a locally developed metal to metal bonding was used. The Argus represented the first large scale use of titanium in the structure, as well as structural plastic, which was used to electrically insulate the top of the fin for the sensors mounted there.

The fuselage was completely redesigned by Canadair, going from the pressure cabin used in the Britannia to an unpressurised one with two 18 ft (5.5 m) long bomb bays fore and aft of the wings. The powerplants werre also changed from the Bristol Proteus turboprop engines to Wright R-3350 turbo-compound piston radial engines, which had lower fuel consumption necessary for extended missions at low level. At the design stage the Napier Nomad, another turbo compound engine was also considered, although the Nomad was later cancelled. Wikipedia

YouTube Argus Maritime Patrol Bomber

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Canadair CP-107Argus

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (33), Canadian Aircraft Losses (33), Canadian Manufactured (33), Canadian Museum(1)
last update: 2023-12-09 19:57:32

Argus 20710

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 20710
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 10710
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 CL‑28
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 1

Known Squadron Assignments:

First flight on 28 March 1957, in overall natural metal finish, wearing 405 Squadron code "VN*710". Used by Canadair for initial trials. To No. 404 (MP) Squadron, at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS from June 1960. To Central Experimental & Proving Establishment April to September 1961, then back to 404 Squadron. Repainted by Canadair at Montreal in September 1966, and again in May 1967. To Fairey Aviation at Dartmouth for inspection and repair, January to March 1968, then back to 404 Squadron. To No. 449 (MT) Squadron at Greenwood on 16 July 1968. Still there when renumbered.

From 10710
With No. 449 (MT) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS. Scrapped in 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1957-April-23 Taken on Strength Canadair 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10710 2019-08-20
   1981-June-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 125 | 2005 146

Argus 20711

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 20711
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 10711
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 CL‑28
c/n
 2

Known Squadron Assignments:

First assigned to No. 405 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS on 17 February 1959. With No. 407 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Comox, BC after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10711
Serving with No. 407 (MP) Squadron, CFB Comox, when it set unofficial Canadian endurance record of 32 hours airborne on May 30 to June 1, 1974, on routine patrol and search for missing boat. Scrapped in 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1957-August-15 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10711 2019-08-20
   1980-September-15 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 125 | 2005 146

Argus 20712

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 20712
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 10712
m/d
 CL‑28
c/n
 3

Known Squadron Assignments:

First assigned to No. 404 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS on 9 December 1960. With No. 415 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in 1969.

From 10712
With No. 404 (MP) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS prior to 1974. To No. 407 (MP) Squadron at CFB Comox, BC from 1974 to retirment in 1981. On display at Abbotsford air show in May 1978 in 407 Squadron markings. Preserved at CFB Comox, BC. Displayed outdoors at YQQ, the Comox Air Force Museum. last update: 2024-February-19
   1957-September-27 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered as Canadian Forces 10712 2019-08-20
   1981-June-03 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 125 | 2005 146

Argus 20713

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 20713
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 10713
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 CL‑28
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 4

Known Squadron Assignments:

Used by No. 405 (MP) Squadron, at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS from November 1959. With Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment at CFB Uplands, Ontario after Integration but before renumbering.
With AETE 1969
From 10713
With No. 415 (MP) Squadron at CFB Summerside, PEI. Scrapped 1982 or 1983. last update: 2024-February-19
   1957-December-03 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10713 2019-08-20
   1980-October-23 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 125 | 2005 146

Argus 20714

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 20714
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 10714
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 CL‑28
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 5

Known Squadron Assignments:

Transferred to Central Experimental & Proving Establishment at RCAF Station Cold Lake, Alberta on 25 April 1958. Trials with Bullpup missiles while there. Used by No. 404 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS. With No. 405 (MP) Squadron at Greenwood after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10714
With No. 404 (MP) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS. Scrapped in 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1957-December-10 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10714 2019-08-20
   1981-September-02 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 125 | 2005 146

Argus 20715

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 20715
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 10715
m/d
 CL‑28
c/n
 6

Known Squadron Assignments:

First assigned to No. 404 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS on 27 April 1959.

From 10715
With No. 405 (MP) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS. Sold to Steel Services of Swift Current, Saskatchewan on 27 January 1978, for scrapping. Ownership transferred to Western Canada Aviation Museum, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Reported stored at Gimli, Manitoba in 1995. Never displayed at WCAM, later sold by them, lies derelict in a field near Gimli, Man. last update: 2024-February-19
   1957-December-10 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10715 2019-08-20
   1977-January-21 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 125 | 2005 146

Argus 20716

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 20716
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 10716
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 CL‑28
c/n
 7

Known Squadron Assignments:

First assigned to Argus Conversion Unit (a detachment of No. 2 (M) Operational Training Unit) at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS on 18 April 1958. With No. 415 (MP) Squadron at CFB Summerside, PEI after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10716
With No. 407 (MP) Squadron at CFB Comox, BC, dates unknown. With No. 405 (MP) Squadron in 1979. Scrapped 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1958-April-17 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10716 2019-08-20
   1979-August-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 125 | 2005 146

Argus 20717

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 20717
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 10717
m/d
 CL‑28
c/n
 8

Known Squadron Assignments:

First assigned to Argus Conversion Unit (a detachment of No. 2 (M) Operational Training Unit) at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS on 18 April 1958. Back to Canadair from January to August 1960, for modifications and equipment installation. To No. 405 (MP) Squadron at Greenwood on 29 March 1965. To Fairey Canada Limited at Dartmouth for inspection and repairs, November 1966 to February 1967, then back to 405 Squadron. Repainted at Canadair in May 1967. To Fairey at Dartmouth for repair and overhaul, April 1969, then back to VP405 Squadron at Greenwood. On display YZX last update: 2024-February-19
   1958-June-17 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10717 2019-08-20
   1980-March-05 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 125 | 2005 146

Argus 20718

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 20718
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 10718
m/d
 CL‑28
c/n
 9

Known Squadron Assignments:

First assigned to Argus Conversion Unit (a detachment of No. 2 (M) Operational Training Unit) at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS on 18 April 1958. Nose cone damaged by bird strike on 17 December 1966. With No. 407 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Comox, BC after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10718
With No. 407 (MP) Squadron at CFB Comox, BC. Reported scrapped at Summerside, PEI in 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1958-April-17 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10718 2019-08-20
   1981-January-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 125 | 2005 146

Argus 20719

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 20719
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 10719
m/d
 CL‑28
c/n
 10

Known Squadron Assignments:

First assigned to Argus Conversion Unit (a detachment of No. 2 (M) Operational Training Unit) at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS on 18 April 1958. Visited USNAS Norfolk, Virginal on 19 September 1958, demonstrated to senior US Navy officers. Seen at Lyneham, UK on 8 April 1962, in 405 Squadron markings. Used for special weapons trials (nuclear depth charges?) at New Mexico, USA in spring of 1963. Had been loaned to the Air Armament Evaluation Detachment at RCAF Station Cold Lake. Modified by Fairey Aviation for these trials. With No. 415 (MP) Squadron at CFB Summerside, PEI after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10719
Operated by 415 (Maritime Patrol) Squadron, CFB Summerside, PEI. Scrapped 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1958-April-17 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10719 2019-08-20
   1980-May-28 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 125 | 2005 146

Argus 20720

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 20720
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 10720
m/d
 CL‑28
c/n
 11

Known Squadron Assignments:

First assigned to No. 405 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS on 19 September 1958. With No. 415 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in the 1960s. With No. 407 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Comox, BC after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10720
With No. 407 (MP) Squadron at CFB Comox, BC. Scrapped 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1958-July-15 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10720 2019-08-20
   1981-September-02 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20721

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 20721
as/n
 10721
m/d
 CL‑28
c/n
 12

Known Squadron Assignments:

First assigned to No. 405 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS. With No. 407 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Comox, BC after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10721
Operated by No. 407 (Maritime Patrol) Squadron, CFB Comox. BC in 1979. last update: 2024-February-19
   1958-August-19 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10721 2019-08-20
   1980-June-04 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20722

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 20722
as/n
 10722
m/d
 CL‑28
c/n
 13

Known Squadron Assignments:

First assigned to No. 405 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS. With No. 407 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Comox, BC after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10722
With No. 407 (MP) Squadron at CFB Comox, BC. Scrapped 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1958-September-12 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10722 2019-08-20
   1981-January-15 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20723

s/n
 20723
as/n
 10723
m/d
 CL‑28‑2
c/n
 14

Known Squadron Assignments:

First assigned to No. 405 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS. With No. 404 (MP) Squadron when it toured Europe c.1960. With No. 404 (MP) Squadron at Greenwood after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10723
With No. 404 (MP) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS. Scrapped 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1958-November-07 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10723 2019-08-20
   1980-December-19 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20724

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 20724
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 10724
m/d
 CL‑28‑2
c/n
 15

Known Squadron Assignments:

Served with No. 405 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS. Made first trans-Atlantic crossing by an Argus, Greenwood to Gibraltar, on 17 April 1959. Flying time was 13 hours. With Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment at CFB Uplands, Ontario after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10724
With No. 449 (MT) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS. Scrapped 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1958-November-14 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10724 2019-08-20
   1981-January-14 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20725

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 20725
as/n
 10725
m/d
 CL‑28‑2
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 16

Known Squadron Assignments:

First used by No. 405 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS. To Canadair for repairs and equipment installation, 9 March 1960. Back to 405 Squadron on 31 October 1960. To Fairey Aviation at Halifax for inspection, 6 June 1962. To Maritime Proving & Evaluation Unit at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS on 1 April 1963. To 405 Squadron at Greenwood on 11 March 1963. To Fairey Aviation at Dartmouth for inspection and repair on 25 January 1967. Back to 405 Squadron on 18 April 1967. To Canadair for repainting, then back to 405 Squadron on 1 May 1967. With No. 404 (MP) Squadron at Greenwood from 16 July 1968. to Fairey Aviation at Dartmouth for repair, overhaul and modifications, 11 February to 21 November 1969, then back to 404 Squadron.

From 10725
With No. 404 (MP) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS. Scrapped 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1958-November-14 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10725 2019-08-20
   1979-August-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20726

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 20726
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 10726
m/d
 CL‑28‑2
c/n
 17

Known Squadron Assignments:

Assigned to No. 405 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS on 10 November 1959. With No. 449 (MT) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS.

From 10726
With No. 407 Squadron at CFB Comox, BC when it visited UK in August 1979. With No. 449 (MT) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS, dates unknown. Scrapped 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1958-December-08 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10726 2019-08-20
   1980-December-19 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20727

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 20727
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 CL‑28‑2
c/n
 18

Known Squadron Assignments: 404

Argus on exercises in 'Maple Spring' Lost in Atlantic

With No. 405 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood from 29 January 1959. To No. 2 (M) Operational Traiing Unit detachment at Greenwood on 3 February 1959. To Fairey Aviation for updates on 24 November 1960. Back at Greenwood from 30 May 1961. To Fairey again for furtherupdates, 8 July 1964 to 6 January 1965. With Argus Conversion Unit at Greenwood in early 1965. With No. 404 Squadron, on detachment to Puerto Rico, when it disappeared during night training mission 60 miles north of Puerto Rico on 23 March 1965. First Argus lost. No trace ever found. 15 fatalities, including two civilian scientists. Disappeared at night, some have theorized aircraft may have dug in a wing tip during a low level turn.

last update: 2024-February-19
   1958-January-27 Taken on Strength Canadair 2019-08-20
   1965-April-30 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
1965-March-23 Missing RCAF Squadron Leader John Alan Anderson DSO, DFC, CDGF, CD 2022-02-08
1965-March-23 Missing RCAF Sergeant Paul Chapman CD 2022-01-10
1965-March-23 Missing RCAF Flying Officer Howard John Cocks CD 2024-03-09
1965-March-23 Missing RCAF Flying Officer Bruce Wallace George Cromlish 2024-05-19
1965-March-23 Missing RCAF Flight Lieutenant Joseph Edmond Kay Antoine Huet 2020-10-16
1965-March-23 Missing RCAF Flying Officer Ronald Clarence Johnson 2022-01-25
1965-March-23 Missing RCAF Flight Sergeant Maurice Jones CD 2022-01-25
1965-March-23 Missing RCAF Flying Officer Frederick Arthur Knights 2022-01-24
1965-March-23 Missing RCAF Flying Officer Charles Alexander Maguire 2022-01-21
1965-March-23 Missing RCAF Flying Officer John Morphet Peele 2020-10-16
1965-March-23 Missing RCAF Flight Lieutenant James Ernest Perron CD 2022-01-19
1965-March-23 Missing RCAF Flying Officer James Alexander Richardson 2022-01-18
1965-March-23 Missing RCAF Flight Lieutenant Carl Murray Sorge 2020-10-16
1965-March-23 Missing RCAF Flight Lieutenant Joseph Wilfred Tetrault CD 2021-08-21
1965-March-23 Missing RCAF Flying Officer Roger Griffith Williams 2022-01-11

Argus 20728

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 20728
as/n
 10728
m/d
 CL‑28‑2
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 19

Known Squadron Assignments:

First used by No. 405 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood. Served with No. 407 (MR) Squadron at CFB Comox, BC. With No. 405 (MP) Squadron at Greenwood after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10728
With No. 405 (MP) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS. To the Aerospace Engineering and Test Establishment (AETE) at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, fall of 1971, for installation of experimental Side Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR), the Motorola built APS-94D . Detached to Phoenix, Arizona in January 1972, for further equipment installations and tests with Motorola. Received "road runner" markings, and name "SLARGUS" while there. To Inuvik, NWT in April 1975, to take ice images during Exercise AIDJEX. Overflew North Pole during Exercise Brisk, October 1976. Operated by Maritime Proving and Experimental Unit, CFB Summerside, PEI by then. SLAR removed mid 1977, aircraft remained with MP&EU until retired in January 1979. Scrapped 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1959-February-17 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10728 2019-08-20
   1981-September-02 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20729

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 20729
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 10729
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 CL‑28‑2
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 20

Known Squadron Assignments:

First flight on 11 February 1959, by Canadair crew. First used by No. 405 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood. With the Maritime Proving & Experimental Establishment at CFB Summerside, PEI after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10729
Operated by Maritime Proving and Experimental Unit from CFB Summerside, PEI, on MAD equipment development tests, in mid 1970s. Flew over North Pole on 14 November 1979. To Crown Assets Disposal Coporation on 4 July 1980. Scrapped by Bristol Metal Industries in 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1959-March-04 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10729 2019-08-20
   1980-July-03 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20730

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 20730
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 10730
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 CL‑28‑2
c/n
 21

Known Squadron Assignments:

First flight on 10 March 1959. Accepted by No. 404 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS on 15 April 1959, first Argus with this unit. With No. 449 (MT) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS.

From 10730
With No. 404 (MP) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS. Sent to IMP Aerospace in Halifax in mid 1970s, for strip down inspection for corrosion. Although no significant corrposion was found, degree of dismantling made re-assembly impractical. Cut up for scrap at Halifax International Airport in 1976. Scrap may have remained the property of the Government as late as 1981. last update: 2024-February-19
   1959-March-04 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10730 2019-08-20
   1975-April-28 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20731

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 20731
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 10731
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 CL‑28‑2
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 22

Known Squadron Assignments:

First used by No. 405 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood. Later with No. 404 (MP) Squadron at Greenwood. Visited Sola, Norway in 1965. With No. 404 (MP) Squadron at Greenwood after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10731: With No. 404 (MP) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS. Scrapped in 1982.

last update: 2024-February-19
   1959-April-23 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10731 2019-08-20
   1980-November-03 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20732

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 20732
inst
 783 C
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 10732
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 CL‑28‑2
c/n
 23

Known Squadron Assignments:

With No. 405 (MP) Squadron at Greenwood after Integration but before renumbering. With No. 415 (MP) Squadron at Summerside, no dates.

From 10732
With No. 415 (MP) Squadron at CFB Summerside, PEI. Became instructional airframe 783C. In Storage at Aerospace Maintenance Development Unit, CFB Trenton, in 1995. Preserved at CFB Trenton. Now at YTR, CFB Trenton RCAF Memorial Museum. last update: 2024-February-19
   1959-May-29 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10732 2019-08-20
   1988-October-12 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146 | 2005 230

Argus 20733

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 20733
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 10733
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 CL‑28‑2
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 24

Known Squadron Assignments:

First used by No. 404 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS. With No. 415 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in the 1960s. Served with No. 407 (MR) Squadron at CFB Comox, BC, dates not known.

From 10733
With No. 415 (MP) Squadron at CFB Summerside, PEI. Visited Canberra, Australia in 1977, took part in RAAF 50th aniversary air show. Sold to Steel Services of Swift Current, Saskatchewan on 27 January 1978, for scrapping. Disassembled for spares in 1978. last update: 2024-February-19
   1959-June-29 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10733 2019-08-20
   1977-January-21 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20734

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 20734
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 10734
m/d
 CL‑28‑2
c/n
 25

Known Squadron Assignments:

First used by No. 404 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS. With No. 415 (MP) Squadron at CFB Summerside, PEI after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10734
With No. 449 (MT) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS. Scrapped 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1959-September-01 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10734 2019-08-20
   1981-January-14 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20735

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 20735
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 10735
m/d
 CL‑28‑2
c/n
 26

Known Squadron Assignments:

Used by No. 404 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS. With No. 405 (MP) Squadron at Greenwood after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10735
With No. 404 (MP) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS. Scrapped 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1959-October-01 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10735 2019-08-20
   1981-September-02 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20736

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 20736
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 10736
m/d
 CL‑28‑2
c/n
 27

Known Squadron Assignments:

CAF Argus with Soviet Navy "Kresta" class guided missile cruiser. Vice-Admiral Drozd. Located in North Atlantic. Courtesy of Ken Murphy

First used by No. 404 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS. With No. 415 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in the 1960s. With No. 415 (MP) Squadron at CFB Summerside, PEI after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10736: With No. 415 (MP) Squadron, CFB Summerside, PEI, in 1970, when it flew in the Canadian National Airshow at Toronto that summer. Still with this Squadron in 1971. Flew last operational Argus sortie, on 24 July 1981, while with No. 415 Squadron. Scrapped 1982.

last update: 2024-February-19
   1959-October-21 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10736 2019-08-20
   1981-September-02 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20737

s/n
 20737
as/n
 10737
m/d
 CL‑28‑2
c/n
 28

Known Squadron Assignments:

CAF Argus with Soviet Navy "G" class sub, located in Atlantic Ocean east of Newfoundland Sept 1970. This class is a SSB - Ballistic Missile Submarine, with three ICBM in sail, capable of nuclear warheads. Submarine is on surface, unserviceable. Ocean-going tug to tow back to USSR. Also seen is a Soviet supply ship as escort. Courtesy of Ken Murphy

Used by Argus Conversion Unit at Greenwood when first delivered. With No. 415 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Summerside, PEI in the 1960s. With No. 415 (MP) Squadron at CFB Summerside, PEI after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10737: Was RCAF 20737. Serving with No. 415 (MP) Squadron, CFB Summerside, PEI, at time of crash. Crashed at Summerside while attempting 3 engine go-around. Crash date reported as 31 March 1977 and 1 April 1977. Struck Nordair Electra parked on the airport. 3 fatalities.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada ยท Saturday, April 02, 1977
last update: 2024-February-19
   1959-November-26 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10737 2019-08-20
   1977-July-19 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
1977-March-31 KIFA RCAF Sergeant Joseph Herbert Ralph Arsenault CD 2023-03-04
1977-March-31 KIFA RCAF Major Murray Ross Hawkes CD 2023-06-13
1977-March-31 KIFA RCAF Master Corporal Joseph Francis Henry Senez 2023-03-04
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20738

s/n
 20738
as/n
 10738
m/d
 CL‑28‑2
c/n
 29

Known Squadron Assignments:

First used by No. 404 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS. With No. 405 (MP) Squadron at Greenwood after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10738
With No. 405 (MP) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS. Scrapped 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1960-January-04 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10738 2019-08-20
   1974-August-07 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 146

Argus 20739

s/n
 20739
inst
 749 C
as/n
 10739
m/d
 CL‑28‑2
c/n
 30

Known Squadron Assignments:

First used by No. 404 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS. With No. 415 (MP) Squadron at CFB Summerside, PEI after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10739
Operated by No. 415 (Maritime Patrol) Squadron, CFB Summerside, Prince Edward Island. Became instructional airframe 749C. Preserved, and now displayed at YSU, CFB Summerside. last update: 2024-February-19
   1960-February-22 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10739 2019-08-20
   1980-May-28 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 147 | 2005 229

Argus 20740

s/n
 20740
as/n
 10740
m/d
 CL‑28‑2
c/n
 31

Known Squadron Assignments:

Used by No. 405 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS. With No. 405 (MP) Squadron at Greenwood after Integraqtion but before renumbering.

From 10740
With No. 404 (MP) Squadron in 1971. With No. 449 (MT) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS. Scrapped 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1960-April-27 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10740 2019-08-20
   1980-May-28 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 147

Argus 20741

s/n
 20741
as/n
 10741
m/d
 CL‑28‑2
c/n
 32

Known Squadron Assignments:

First used by No. 405 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS. With No. 405 (MP) Squadron at Greenwood after Integraqtion but before renumbering.

From 10741
With No. 405 (MP) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS. On display at air show at St. Mawgan, UK on 6 August 1975. Scrapped 1982. last update: 2024-February-19
   1960-June-22 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10741 2019-08-20
   1981-June-15 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 147

Argus 20742

s/n
 20742
as/n
 10742
m/d
 CL‑28‑2
c/n
 33

Known Squadron Assignments:

First used by No. 405 (MP) Squadron at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS. Used by No. 404 (MP) Squadron at Greenwood. Appeared briefly in the 1963 movie "Call Me Bwana", starring Bob Hope and Anita Ekberg. The aircraft was visiting RAF Station Northolt when part of the movie was being filmed there, and the Argus filled in as a Russian airliner. With No. 404 (MP) Squadron at Greenwood after Integration but before renumbering.

From 10742
With No. 449 (MT) Squadron at CFB Greenwood, NS. With No. 405 Squadron in 1972. Later with No. 415 Squadron at CFB Summerside, PEI. Flew last ever Argus flight in February 1982, when it was ferried to the National Air Museum at YRO. Rockcliffe. Pilot was W. Griffith. Displayed outside, badly weathering, until moved into the new museum building in November 2005. last update: 2024-February-19
   1960-October-31 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1970-May-04 Serial Change Renumbered, became Canadian Forces 10742 2019-08-20
   1981-December-18 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 126 | 2005 147

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