Lake Ontario – a stormy day

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A stormy day on Lake Ontario – Point Petre

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A cold fall day at North Beach Provincial Park – Lake Ontario

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CT-133 Silver Star Mark III

Known as the “T-Bird”, the Lockheed T-33 started life in 1944 as America’s first operational jet fighter, the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star. In 1948 a second cockpit was added to create the world’s first purpose-built jet trainer: the T-33.

Initially known as the P-80C, the trainer variant flew better than its single seat cousins. Powered by an Allison J33-35 single-shaft, turbojet engine with a thrust rating of 5,200 lbs, the improvements to the trainer meant it climbed faster, cruised better and overall was slightly faster than the fighter version. In May 1949, the designation for the aircraft was officially switched to T-33.

CT-133,Silver Star, Canadair

The RCAF’s first introduction to the aircraft followed two years later, when the first of twenty Lockheed built T-33As were delivered on loan. The aircraft were known to the RCAF was the Silver Star Mk 1. This first batch was followed by a second loan of ten more aircraft.

Canadair of Cartierville, Quebec won the contract to build the RCAF version of the T-33, On 13 September 1951, Canadair signed a license agreement with Lockheed to build T-33 aircraft for the RCAF, and the first “CT-133 Silver Star” rolled out in 1953. The Canadair built version known internally as the CL-30 (and as the T-33ANX by Lockheed and the USAF) was powered by a Rolls Royce Nene 10 engine supplied by Orenda Ltd.

CT-133,Silver Star, Canadair

Once in production, the aircraft were designated T-33 Silver Star Mk 3 by the RCAF. Variations included versions for armament training (AT), photo-reconnaissance (PR) and pilot training (PT).  Eventually, a total of 656 aircraft would be delivered to the RCAF between 1952 and 1959. The CT-133 Silver Star with its Canadian-built Rolls-Royce Nene engine was 50 mph faster than the American version.

CT-133,Silver Star, Canadair, 21435

Silver Star 21435 is painted to represent the colours of the ‘Red Knight,’ a solo aerobatic pilot who performed from 1959-1968. The aircraft was not a Red Knight, but served with VU 33 Squadron on Vancouver Island.

When replaced as a trainer by the Canadair CL-41 Tutor in 1963, the CT-133 continued service in radio, electronic warfare, reconnaissance and navigation training roles until officially retired in 1995. Two Silver Stars remained in service with the Engineering Test Establishment at Cold Lake, Alberta, until July 2005, making the CT-133 the longest serving aircraft in the Canadian Forces., with over 50 years of service and 2.4 million flight hours.

  • Crew:  2 crew in ejection seats
  • Role:  Trainer, Electronic Warfare Trainer, Target Towing
  • Wing Span: 12.93 m
  • Length: 11.48 m
  • Height: 3.55 m
  • Weight, Empty: 3,670 kg
  • Weight, Gross: 6,557 kg
  • Maximum Speed: 965 km/h
  • Service Ceiling: 14,478 m
  • Range: 2,164 km
  • Power Plant: Rolls-Royce Nene X, 5,100 lb thrust
  • Armament: provisions for two .50 cal Browning machine guns and under wing pylons
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CC-129 Dakota

A Douglas Dakota, or CC-129/C-47/DC-3 as pleases you.

Douglas Dakota,CC-129,C-47,DC-3  The Douglas CC-129 Dakota was acquired by the RCAF in early 1943 and served until finally officially retiring in 1988 (some continued to fly until January, 1990) as the longest serving Aircraft in the RCAF/CF.

The C?47 outwardly resembled the civilian DC?3 in every detail, except two: The addition of a navigator’s dome (astrodome) above and just behind the cockpit, and the other more distinguishing feature, the “barn door” on the left side of the aircraft. There were subtle differences too, including six inches being added to the wing center section, cutting nine inches off the length, reducing the fuel capacity of 882 gallons to 805 gallons, and a strengthened floor.

Douglas Dakota,CC-129,C-47,DC-3

In June, 1970 the Dakotas were redesignated as CC-129 and the remaining fleet of 71 was reserialled causing the aircraft originally delivered as 42-92419, known to the RCAF as 992 to become 12963.

  • Wingspan: 28.95m
  • Length: 19.64m
  • Max Weight: 11,793kg
  • Max Speed: 369 km/h
  • Crew:  2 pilots, 3 crew,
  • Passengers: 36 or 27 combat troops
  • Payload: 2,700 kg
  • Empty weight: 18,135 lb (8,226 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 26,000 lb (11,793 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 31,000 lb (14,061 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C Twin Wasp 14-cylinder radial engines, 1,200 hp (895 kW) each
  • Maximum speed: 224 mph (195 kn, 360 km/h) at 10,000 ft (3,050 m)
  • Cruise speed: 160 mph (139 kn, 257 km/h)
  • Range: 1,600 mi (1,391 nmi, 2,575 km)
  • Ferry range: 3,600 mi (3,130 nmi, 5,795 km)
  • Service ceiling: 26,400 ft (8,045 m)
  • Climb to 10,000 ft (3,050 m): 9.5 min
  • Role:  Transport, Trainer, Target Towing, and Search & Rescue, EW
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On the wharf

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A bit of music on Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria.

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The sand hazard

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We do face some pretty serious hazards on the beach – heck – I had to dump the sand out of my crocs three times!

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The Hercules

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A matter of perspective


As with much of life, how you look at things is of great importance…


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15 Days of Toronto tall ships – bonus day sixteen

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15 Days of Toronto tall ships – day fifteen

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