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The Early Cold War
Naval Aviation

Between 1946 and 1970, Canada's navy operated three aircraft carriers to help fulfil its anti-submarine mission and to help protect ships against enemy aircraft. These carriers required specialized equipment, procedures, and training for their crews.

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee
McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee

McDonnell F2H-3 Banshees, like the example seen here, were the only jet fighters to serve with the Royal Canadian Navy.

Ports for the Banshee's armament of four 20mm cannon can be seen in the aircraft's nose. Other weapons, including rockets, bombs, and air-to-air missiles, could be carried under the wings. This particular aircraft made the last flight by a Canadian Banshee when it was delivered to Calgary, Alberta, in January 1963, to help train students in aircraft construction and maintenance. It was subsequently restored and placed on display by the Naval Museum of Alberta.

Aircraft, McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee
Naval Museum of Alberta

HMCS Warrior
HMCS Magnificent
HMCS Bonaventure
Fairey Firefly Aircraft and Plane Guard Destroyer, HMCS Warrior
Grumman Avenger aboard HMCS Magnificent
Grumman Tracker Launch, HMCS Bonaventure
Grumman Avenger Landing Aboard HMCS Warrior
Hawker Sea Fury Landing on HMCS Magnificent
Supermarine Seafire
Supermarine Seafire Crash, HMCS Warrior
Fairey Firefly Crash, HMCS Warrior
Landing on HMCS Bonaventure
McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee
Flight Deck and Island, HMCS Bonaventure
McDonnell Banshee, HMCS Bonaventure
Grumman Tracker, HMCS Shearwater
Bell HTL-4 Helicopter
Personnel Delivery by Helicopter
Life Raft and Emergency Supplies
Petty Officer, HMCS Magnificent
Triangular Bandage
Canadian Sailors Board HMCS Bonaventure
From School to Sea!
Robert N. McKinley Medal Set, HMCS Bonaventure