The Canadian-built, Canadair Argus was a unique hybrid that employed the wings, tail surfaces and undercarriage of the British designed Britannia transport, married to a completely new unpressurized fuselage of Canadian design and equipped with different American-designed engines.
One of the most effective anti-submarine warfare aircraft of it’s day, the Argus was a mainstay for the RCAF in the maritime role. The principal difference between the Mark I and Mark II was primarily in the different navigation, communication and tactical electronic equipment fitted internally. Externally, the Mk II exhibited a redesigned smaller nose radome and additional ECM antennae above the fuselage. Here in Comox, the Argus replaced the Lancaster and Neptune aircraft types previously flown by 407 Sqn, the Demons. Eventually, the Argus was itself to be replaced by the current CP-140 Aurora aircraft.
Manufacturer: Canadair -based on the Bristol Britannia Designation: CL28, CP-107 Model No: CL-28 MK 1, CL-28 MK 2 Marks: Mk I, II Role: Search/Strike Maritime Hunter TOS: 1957 SOS: 1982 No: 33 (13 MK 1’s, @0 MK 2’s) Comox Squadron/Unit Use: 407 MP Sqn Service: RCAF, 404, 405, 407, 415 MP and EU
Crew / Passengers:15: Three Pilots, two Flight Engineers, four Navigators, six Observers (post 1968) Powerplant: Four Wright Model R3350 TC98EA1 engines
Max Speed: 288 mph (463 km/h) Cruising Speed: 207 mph (333 km/h) Service Ceiling: 24,200 ft (7,376 m) Range: 4,420 nm (8,190 km) Endurance: 26.5 hr
Empty: 81,000 lbs (36,744 kg) Gross: 157,000 lbs (71,364 kg)
Span: 142 ft 31/2 in (43.38 m) Length: 128 ft 3 in (39.09 m) Height: 36 ft 8 1⁄2 in (11.2m) Wing Area: 2,075 sq ft (192.77 sq m) Armament: 8,000 lbs of torpedos, bombs, depth charges, mines, etc
Original Cost: $5,513,000
Facts verified by Brian O’Cain-Aircraft Archivist, CAFM.