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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.

Flight Deck and Island, HMCS Bonaventure
Flight Deck and Island, HMCS Bonaventure

This photograph shows part of the Canadian aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure's flight deck, as well as its island (background).

Various parts of Bonaventure's flight deck were used for takeoffs, landings, and the storage of aircraft, which deck crews moved around as necessary. The engine nacelle and folded wing of a Grumman Tracker are visible at left. The carrier's island contained command and control facilities, as well as providing space for the ship's stack (centre right, with maple leaf) and supporting a variety of masts and antennas for electronic equipment including radio and radar.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
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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