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de Havilland CS2F Tracker
 

Based on the Grumman Tracker (U.S.) and built under license between 1954 and 1956 for the Royal Canadian Navy, the De Havilland CS2F Trackers were equipped with state of the art electronics that were developed in Canada for detecting submarines.  Trackers flew off our last aircraft carrier (HMCS Bonaventure) and were later used in fisheries/coastal patrol.  Following military use, several were converted to water bombers to fight fires.  Many still fly, powered by new turboprop engines.


Specifications:
Wing Span: 21.0 m
Wing Area: 45.0 sq m
Length: 12.8 m
Height: 4.9 m
Weight, Empty: 8,000 kg
Weight, Gross: 11,403 kg

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About Our CS2F Tracker
 

Our Tracker, serial number 1600, was accepted from de Havilland by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) on October 28, 1960, and first flew with VX-10 (an experimental squadron) on December 20th of that year, conducting several tests.  She was next flown on January 18, 1961, when she conducted a MARLANT patrol in conjuction with the RCN radar station at Shelbourne. Thereafter, #1600 was employed mainly in a transport role, although she was used to conduct occasional tests of modifications for the Tracker fleet.

 
On July 25, 1969, #1600 was transferred to the CF Technical Service Detachment at Mountainview, ON.   She remained there until a new home was found for her, the following January, at the CF Aircraft Trades School (CFATS) in Borden, MAN, as a training aid.   On June 8, 1993, she was again found superfluous to training needs, was sold to Aero Composites Canada as C-FUDQ, and was acquired by TAM in 1997.

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