Sky High : The search for a new Canadian fighter jet in the 1970s (1978) – The Fifth Estate

Sky High : The search for a new Canadian fighter jet in the 1970s (1978) - The Fifth Estate

Adrienne Clarkson looks at the search for a replacement for Canada’s aging fighter jet fleet in the late 1970s. The Canadian Forces had been looking for one aircraft to replace its collection of CF-101 Voodoo, CF-104 Starfighter and CF-116 Freedom Fighter aircraft. For a planned purchase cost of almost $2.5 billion the air force had narrowed down its possible selection to the F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-18 Hornet, Mirage F1 and the European made Tornado.

In 1980 the Canadian Forces announced the decision to purchase 138 F-18s from McDonnell Douglas.


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