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The Survivors

Out of the 39 aircraft only ONE is still airworthy, the GUPPY #16.
This page contains a list of the recent disappeared ones and the only TWO airframes still existing.


Yukon 15932 / HC-AZH s/n 13 is still Alive !!!

In February 2010 I received confirmation that Serial #13 was scrapped at Guayaquil Airport in November 2009 !
That indeed happened, Ironically exactly 50 years after the first flight of the type, and we feared that this only surviving CC-106 Yukon disappeared in the melting pot.

Contributor Mark Rade of Ecuador has send me this great but somewhat ironic shot from 2004. A Canadian Air Force CC-150 Polaris of the 437 Sqn takes off over the derelict Yukon some 50 years after this CC-106 was deployed by the RCAF 412 Sqn in the same VIP transporting role. Hopefully the pilots noticed their famous "grandfather" left of the runway.

November 2010 the news reached us of a rebuild Canadair CL44 Yukon now in use as a Discotheque in Cuenca, Ecuador.

I was able to find some small shots of her quite deformed (two engined) appearance now, but its great that
the flight deck and the famous ANDES RedNose and the Reg. HC-AZH is still in existence.


s/n 16 The Guppy

Carl Jacobsen of NYC supplied me real nice footage of the Guppy in ACTION...ENJOY the SOUND !!


Serial #16. After storage by ALG-First International AL at Smyrna Nashville TN, the Guppy was brought back to life early 2002. Test Flight from Smyrna was conducted at 23-05-2002. Delivery of 9G-LCA took place at 26-09-2002 and was done in daylight hours only. A landing and night stop was made in YQX, with final delivery to Teesside,UK the next day. The CL44 did some hours of flying for crew training 28-09-2002. 9G-LCA was repositioned to Bournemouth BOH. 9G-LCA arrived at Hurn from Teesside as JON03F on 31-12-2002. An extensive engine run took place on 17-04-2003, at a spot close to the perimeter road at BOH, next day a test flight was performed.

01-10-2006 Aircraft sold to Heavylift Cairns. 31-10-2006 Aircraft into BASCO hangar performed a Landing Gear swing Test. 02-11-2006 Aircraft outside BASCO again, following day 03-11-2006 performed an underpower engine test. 30-11-2006 saw a full power 1 hr engine test in front of BASCO's - facing south, no problems occurred. At 10-12-2006 the Guppy was Re-registered RP-C8023. Roll-out with new reg on 12-12-2006 performing another 1hr full power engine run at the old 17/35 runway just north of RWY 26. Into BASCO's again same day. 16-02-2007 the machine was re-located from the BASCO platform to the taxiway near European. She performed another engine run at 28-11-2007.

In storage since then, but the condition of the aircraft is well monitored and maintained with regular intervals.

Yesterday, 31 july 2013, the Guppy performed another engine test, so the story is developing the right way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=433xERjcSqo

Any movements, rumors or suggestions are welcome at peter@cl44.com

See also the photopage for some great atmospheric shots of RP-C8023


Serial #13. HC-AZH. The faith of the only CC-106 Yukon left was turned on last minute. Instead of being scrapped like so many CL44's, it was saved by the Ecuadorian Air Force. The intention was to restore it to display condition for use in a new Aircraft museum in Guayaquil. The aircraft was parked on the military area of Guayaquil airport. Ownership transferred to Ecuador Air Force in November 2000. In 2003, the Canada Air Museum in Ottawa was attempting to raise funds to have this aircraft returned to Canada. Airframe was bought for 1000 USD, but the the budget for dismantling and transport to Trenton was not reached and the aircraft was given back the Ecuadorians. For the latest GREAT news about HC_AZH please look on top of this page ! If you have news about this airframe or a better picture or video-footage, please send an E-mail at peter@cl44.com

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Still around September 2009 as seen by a ecuatorian passenger.

And a Image taken at September 4th 2009:

Canadian contributor Wim Sonneveld has send me a close-up of the CL44 Yukon HC-AZH, just before the machine was donated to the Canadian's, you can clearly see its deteriorated condition.


 

Serial #32. 5A-DGE was stored and canniballized at a remote corner of Tripoli Airport, Libya in 1980. UAA quit flying the CL44 in 1983 and since then, the elements took their toll. Due to developments of Tripoli Airport in the recent years, we are not sure if the airframe is still in this position. See Pictures. If you have news about this airframe or a better picture or video-footage, please send an E-mail at peter@cl44.com

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NOW...Prepare yourself for some bad news:

17 September 2009, today I checked Google Earth and to my surprise there were recent pictures of Tripoli Int'l Airport...

And there is the sad confirmation: Together with a DC-8, dome dakota's and a DC-4, the Last CL44D4 hull has vanished from this earth, Serial # 32 has Gone !


4. TN-235. Serial #37.. This aircraft sold by Mike Snow to the Congolese government but has been stored at Brazzaville after a hard landing accident where #3 prop hit the runway and damage to the main landing gear. Although oficially registered as TN-235 and her old reg. 7Q-YMS but has been erased from the Malawi register, this reg. was still seen on it in 2008. Rumors go that is was broken up in September last year. Can anyone confirm this? Please email at peter@cl44.com

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A very sad confirmation was send us at 30 march by Michel Huart:
"I went to BZV on 26th augustus 2008 and the CL-44 was already scrapped!!!
Just a few pieces of fuselage remained on the ground . In my opinion, it was scrapped mid july-begin august 2008.  Sad end!!! "

So that is the end of #37, once delivered as one of the two extra's to FTL as N1001T, served TMAC as G-AZKJ, later Redcoat as G-BRED and followed her carreer back in the USA at BlueBell TradeWinds as N106BB before sold to James Lloyd and had a short African Life lived most of her days sitting stored at BZV after being sold to Professional Aviation. A few pictures of her african life were send to me by Paul Howard:


Lanseria Kinshasha

Lanseria Kinshasha

I personally recognised it as "my favourite CL44" since I was in this machine two times, once in 1981 at Rotterdam in Redcoat livery - stupid enough I TURNED DOWN an offer by the captain to fly with them from there to Maastricht, I can still declare myself stupid for that, 15 Years later I was in the same airframe when it was just about to leave the USA for Africa at Greensboro, NC.

If you have memories to recall on #37, please send them to peter@cl44.com

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Photo by Dietrich Eggert

 

 

 

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