Canadian Silver Stars
The CL-30 ‘T-Bird’ in Canadian and Overseas Service 1951 – 2005
The secret air raid against the hydroelectric dams of Germany’s Ruhr River took years to plan, involved an untried bomb and included the best aircrews the RAF Bomber Command could muster-many of them Canadian. The raid marked the first time the Allies successfully took the war inside Nazi Germany. It was a mission that became legendary.
Twenty plus years in the making, this is the complete story of the Canadair built Silver Star, from its introduction in 1952 to the final retirement from the CAF in 2005. This title also includes the story of the thirty Lockheed T-33A aircraft used by the RCAF and all those later exported to Bolivia, France, Greece, Portugal and Turkey. Chapters include; Development, Selection, Getting the Program Going, Production, Canadian Conversions, Canadian Service, Canadian Finish & Markings, Exports, Unit Histories, Airframe, Appendices which includes a history of each of the 30 Lockheed built aircraft and the 656 aircraft built by Canadair.