OTD: CF-100 takes to skies for first time

On today’s date in 1950, the inaugural flight of the Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck took place in Malton, Ont.

Also known as the “Clunk,” the Canuck was a military interceptor and fighter jet that served during the Cold War. The Royal Canadian Air Force commissioned Avro Canada to design and build the Canuck in an effort to eliminate reliance on foreign manufactured aircraft.

$20 CF-100 COIN

In 1996, the Royal Canadian Mint issued a $20 silver coin commemorating the CF-100. Composed of 92.5 per cent silver and 7.5 per cent copper, this coin has a Proof finish; a weight of 31.103 grams; a diameter of 38 mm; and a mintage of 18,508 pieces.

The coin’s reverse design depicts a CF-100 Canuck beneath a portrait of Polish fighter and test pilot Janusz Żurakowski in 24-karat gold plated cameo. It was engraved by Jim Bruce.

The obverse features a right-facing effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by engraver Dora de Pédery-Hunt.

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