John Alexander Griffin - 1922-2008 - Liberator Pilot, Aviation Historian, Author, Former Canadian Aviation History Society President
All aircraft on the strength of the Canadian Air Board,
Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, Civil Govern-
ment Air Operations, Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian
Army are listed in this section alphabetically. The accepted
service nomenclature is used, and to reduce confusion,
particularly in the manufacturer's narne, Appendix ,I provides
for a cross reference by type name only.
The RCAF over the years has modified many of its aircraft,
but the type summary lists only the mark number on
introduction. There are exceptions to this approach however
to accomrrxodate major conversions such as the Avro 504K. to
N and the Fairchild FC-2 to 51 programmes. The same logic is
applied to the engine inforrnation in that the engine on entry
is shown rather than attempting to detail subsequent conversions.
Dates given are for the entry of the first aircraft of the type
and the date when the last of the type was struck off charge.
The "Struck off" dates are apt to be misleading if not placed
in perspective. The Services have frequently placed aircraft in
storage pending final disposition and this practice tends to
indicate that the type was in active use longer than was
actually the case. This situation is further confused by the
retention of the type in an instructionai capacity beyond its
active life. For the sake of uniformity the struck off dates
given here tend to be the final exit of the last of the type from
Totals are provided by model and type.
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