Went to the museum yesterday for the annual general meeting. Democracy is a wonderful thing until personalities get involved. It was, to put it mildly, a rather tense gathering. But that’s not the reason for this post. The first thing that caught my eye was something that finally made its way out of storage.
The Canadair CL-41A better known as the Tutor trainer. Made famous by Canada’s Snowbird precision aerobatics squadron, the Tutor taught thousands until it retired from active service in 2000.
Our Tutor, registration 114618 went into service on the 8th of January 1971 and spent most of its working life with the 2 Canadian Forces Training School at CFB Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. I’d heard we had one but it has been tucked away in a remote storage building that we’ve been asked to vacate.
One of the most distinctive features of the Tutor is the nose mounted anti-collision light. Years ago, when we had a cottage on the Trent River near Campbellford, we were treated to a display by the Snowbirds as they practiced overhead. I’ll always remember one particular manoeuvre that had them flying low in formation with all their noselights on. Never thought I’d get this close to one.