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This is a list of aircraft of the Royal Canadian Navy. It also covers the period post-1968 when in theory all aircraft operations were transferred to the air section of the newly unified Canadian Armed Forces (now Canadian Forces Maritime Command).

Prior to World War II Canada did not operate any naval aircraft. The Royal Navy Air Service's Royal Navy Canadian Air Service operated flying boats. During World War II, Canada's naval aircraft were carrier based aircraft inherited from the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm. From the end of war to the 1960s, the RCN operated both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. After the CF sold off their last carrier (HMCS Bonaventure), Canada's navy only operated helicopters on their ships. The Tracker aircraft was stationed inland and performed maritime patrols.

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Fixed Wing

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Fighters

Type Country of Manufacture Country of Origin Canadian Designation In Service Notes
McDonnell Banshee  United States carrier based fighter N/A 39 ex-USN all retired
Fairey Aviation Firefly-4  United Kingdom carrier fighter N/A 64; 12 FR-I, 13 FR-4 ex-RN on loan
Grumman F4F Wildcat  United States fighter N/A 5?
Grumman F6F Hellcat  United States fighter N/A 0 Proposed but not bought
Hawker Sea Fury  United Kingdom naval based fighter N/A 74
Supermarine Seafire  United Kingdom carrier based fighter N/A 35 ex-RN

Bombers

Aircraft Country of Manufacture Type Canadian Designation In Service Notes
Grumman TBF Avenger/Avenger  United States torpedo bomber N/A 125 ex-USN
Fairey Aviation Firefly  United Kingdom torpedo/divebomber N/A 12?

Other

Aircraft Country of Manufacture Type Canadian Designation In Service Notes
de Havilland Canada/S2F (CP121) Grumman Tracker  Canada ASW aircraft CS2F-1 and CS2F-2 42 CS2F-1; 57 CS2F-2
Consolidated Aircraft PBY Catalina  United States flying boats N/A 7 from the Royal Navy Canadian Air Service
Curtiss Curtiss H.12  United States flying boats N/A from the Royal Navy Canadian Air Service
Short Aircraft Short Type 184  United Kingdom flying boats N/A from the Royal Navy Canadian Air Service
Canadair CP-107 Argus  Canada shore based maritime patrol aircraft CP-107 33 not part of RCN; belong to the RCAF before being transferred to the Canadian Forces
Avro Anson  Canada utility aircraft N/A 2
Fairey Swordfish  United Kingdom torpedo bomber and maritime reconnaissance biplane N/A 22 ex-RN
Lockheed Silver Star T-33  United States jet trainer 4 ex-RCAF
North American Harvard  United States/ Canada trainer 36 ex-RCAF
Supermarine Walrus  United Kingdom maritime reconnaissance amphibian N/A 3 ex-RN

Rotary Wing

Aircraft Country of Manufacture Type Canadian Designation In Service Notes
Vertol Retriever/Piasecki Helicopter H-25 Retriever HUP-3  United States helicopter N/A 3 ex-USN
Sikorsky Aircraft H-3 Sea King  United States ASW/Medium-lift transport/utility helicopter CH-124 41
Bell Helicopters Bell 47/Bell HTL-4/TH-13L Sioux  United States multipurpose light helicopter N/A 3 HTL-4
Bell Helicopters Bell 47/Bell HTL-6  United States multipurpose light helicopter N/A 5
Sikorsky Aircraft Sikorsky H04S  United States helicopter N/A 3 - HO4S-2; 10 HO4S-4

Source: Posting War Ship Listings [1]

References

  1. ^ [http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/canada/postwar/ Postwar Canadian Ship Listing 1945 - Present]

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