Guardian of the North

Avro Canada  CF-100 Canuck All Weather Fighter

Canuck means different things to different people.  Is it a hockey team? Or the plucky cartoon defender of Canadian values rallying against American bullying?

During the Cold War, there wasn’t a doubt; the Canuck CF100 stood as a stalwart guardian, watching over our vast Canadian landscapes from coast to coast to coast.

Born from the minds of Canadian engineers and aviation pioneers, the Canuck CF100 soared into the skies for the first time in 1950, marking the beginning of a remarkable chapter in Canadian military aviation history.  The Canuck, was a twin-engine, all-weather interceptor, and was the first mass-produced fighter jet designed and built right here on Canadian soil. In fact, the CF-100 was the first straight-winged jet to achieve a controlled supersonic flight, breaking the sound barrier.

The influence of the Canuck CF100 extended beyond the airfields. Its iconic shape and role in national defence became embedded in Canadian culture. The sleek silhouette of the aircraft found its way into art, literature, and even popular media, leaving an indelible mark on the Canadian identity. The Canuck CF100 became more than a military asset; it became a symbol of reliability and strength, embodying values Canadians hold close.

This is the Avro CF-100 Canuck Pilot Watch