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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

per ardua ad astra

per ardua ad astra, 2008

Canadair CF-104D Starfighter outside the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at the Hamilton international Airport in Hamilton Ontario Canada.

The Starfighter was one of the most successful jet fighter aircraft to serve with Canada's Air Force. A total of 340 fighters were built under license by the Canadian government. The CF-104 was designed as a light-weight nuclear strike aircraft. The aircraft were retired from service in 1986 after being used for over 25 years until they were was replaced by the CF-18.

The CF-104 in front of the museum, bearing serial number 104641, is the "D" two seater training variant.

The motto of the RCAF "per ardua ad astra" which means "through adversity to the stars" is appropriate here. Over the course of the aircraft's in service lifespan, some 110 were lost to accidents, earning the CF-104 the nickname of "Widowmaker" or "Lawn Dart" in the air force. - via Wikipedia

Max Speed: Mach 2.2 1,450 mph (2,334 km/h)
Cruising Speed: Mach 1.2, 915 mph ( 1,473 km/h)
Service Ceiling: 58,000 ft (17,660 m) Range: 2,180 miles (3,510 km)


Mike Wood Photography

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