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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.

HMCS Bonaventure
HMCS Bonaventure

This aerial view shows Grumman Tracker anti-submarine aircraft aboard HMCS Bonaventure, Canada's third and last post-war aircraft carrier.

Trackers with their wings folded for storage (left) cluster on the flight deck, while another lands or prepares for take-off (upper right). Like HMCS Warrior and HMCS Magnificent, Bonaventure was a British-built aircraft carrier. Extensively modified to meet Canadian requirements and specifications, Bonaventure entered Canadian service in 1957, operating a range of aircraft including the Tracker, the McDonnell Banshee, and anti-submarine helicopters before being decommissioned in 1970.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19900076-998

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