Monday, June 25, 2012

CT-133 ACCIDENT day before, BIGGEST, BADDEST, AIR SHOW of 2012…

…as one of JAM's (Jet Aircraft Museum) 6 Silver Stars has port side landing gear ripped off upon landing.

The 'press' called it an incident, BUT it was an accident.


Well, because it sorta' landed HARD…100 feet or so…short of the runway, folks!  On rough terrain, not ideal, and smooth runway tarmac.

Short of the runway!  That's key!!

Shooting Stars or Silver Stars NEVER HAD tundra tires!

Likely the pilot discovered he was underpowered on the approach, tried immediately to compensate by spooling up the RR Nene 10 Turbojet…but this…or any other ancient 1950-60s jet engine just can't respond that quickly, folks…so…wham (a hard touchdown hit), port-side landing gear gets imbedded in the ground(!) while the rest of the aircraft slides 2000' before it stops.

Thankfully, pilot and passenger emerged uninjured from the crash.

C-FUPM, formerly 133346 of the RCAF, will never fly again~

Which is sad.  I love JAM and their CT-133s, and most especially their Mako Shark!

Canadair CT-133 Canadian Shooting Stars are almost identical to American Lockheed T-33 Shooting Stars, because they were developed from them!  Canadian licence-built CT-133 HOWEVER are powered by Rolls-Royce Nene 10 Turbojets, while American T-33's were powered by Allison J33s.
Canadair of Montreal built 656 of these T-33 variants, or 10% of all T-33s made!   Most of those served with the RCAF.  Some CT-133s still fly active-duty with the Bolivian Air Force, while many others have a new home with civilians, who hobby fly them.

A majority of electronic components for this aircraft, and the very engine itself (Orenda-built) were made by Toronto defence contractors.

Looks like WESTJET Maintenance is working with JAM on this one—

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The BIGGEST, BADDEST, AIR SHOW of 2012…anywhere…is happening THIS FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND in Hamilton!

TO CELEBRATE THE 40th Anniversary of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the museum is hosting the Hamilton Air Show this June 16 and 17 at 7825 Airport Rd. E. in Hamilton/Mount Hope , an air show…like no other!

There won't be another air show like this in Ontario, Canada for another 20 years!! 

IF, ever!


Here's the spectacular, star-studded line-up:


* CANADIAN WARPLANE HERITAGE MUSEUM Mass Formation - Lancaster, Firefly & B-25, DC-3 & PBY, Beech 18 & Lysanders, Stearman, Chipmunk, Cornell, Tiger Moth, Fort & Finch

* GREAT WAR FLYING MUSEUM - World War I dogfight - Fokker DR.1, Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter, Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A

* VINTAGE WINGS of CANADA - Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, Supermarine Spitfire MK. XVI, Hawker Hurricane Mk. IV, Canadair CL-13 Sabre "Golden Hawks" (Hawk One), Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk, North American P-51D Mustang and the Westland Lysander MK. IIIA

* HARVARDS - Mass Formation & Aerobatic Team Demonstration

* CP-140 AURORA - demo performance

* FOCKE-WOLFE 190 (WWII German fighter) - Never before seen at a Canadian air show!



* DOUGLAS AD-4 SKYRAIDER (Korean War, and Vietnam) (US Navy)

* MATT YOUNKIN - Beech 18 Aerobatics


* PETE MCCLEOD - Red Bull Aerobatics


* WORLD WAR II BOMBERS - B-29, B-17, B-25, Lancaster, Curtis-Wright Helldiver, B-24 Liberator (cancelled, crash landing a week ago), Grumman TBM Avenger (US Navy)


Nope, the Province of ONTARIO will not see an air show like this…maybe…never again!  

Come out, and join the Canadian Warplane Museum's 40th Anniversary Celebration!

What am I exited about?

Well all the participating a/c of course, but I've never seen a B-29 Superfortress before, or a Focke-Wolfe 190.  

B-29s were the high-altitude pressurized bombers employed to drop the war-stopping A-Bombs on Japan.  Could Lancs have carried the hefty A-Bomb?  Yes. But NOT at the 32,000' feet height the B-29 could fly at!

The Focke-Wolfe 190 was a formidable foe for the legendary Spitfire and new, better Spitfires had to be developed…to counter-act this deadly German fighter.

Oh, and I can't get enough of the Hawk One Sabre in Golden Hawks colours!  And the Lysanders, and the Lancaster, and the B-17, and the A-10 tank-destroyers, and the…


(B-29 photo courtesy of (? Unknown), © CWH 2012…compiled graphic)