Canadair CL-44 Forty Four

1960

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Canadair CL-44 Forty Four

Based on Bristol "Britannia" airliner. The first prototype flew on November 16, 1960. A total of 39 aircraft were built, including 12 military CC-106 "Yukon" and 27 civil CL-44.

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Specification 
 MODELCL-44D-4
 CREW4
 PASSENGERS214
 ENGINE4 x Rolls-Royce Tyne 515/10, 4273kW
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight95254 kg210000 lb
  Empty weight40348 kg88953 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan43.37 m142 ft 3 in
  Length41.73 m137 ft 11 in
  Height11.79 m39 ft 8 in
  Wing area192.77 m22074.96 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Cruise speed621 km/h386 mph
  Ceiling9145 m30000 ft
  Range w/max.fuel8991 km5587 miles
  Range w/max payload4627 km2875 miles

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Carla Houston, e-mail, 14.06.2020 04:31

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Carla Houston, e-mail, 14.06.2020 04:31

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Bill Heaphy, e-mail, 07.01.2018 18:34

After the L-1049 the Cl-44 was a godsend on hot days and max cross weight take-offs. Recently saw an article that the Guppy may be scrapped. The Bournemouth airport people may not be aware but in its day the "Canadian Edsel" or "Whispering Giant"; both were terms of endearment; had the ability to increase visibility on fogged in runways just by taxiing down the centerline with those 4 16' props churning away. I think when we were #1 for takeoff just idle reverse would lift it to minimums at times. Don't let the airplane eater off its leash too soon!!

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John Townes, e-mail, 06.07.2017 08:55

I worked for Flying Tiger Line in the late 50s and early 60s. My 1st flight on a CL44 was from Burbank to Tokyo via Travis AFB and Honolulu. During a later fight in the reverse direction when the Smiths autopilots were non operational, the Captain said 'anybody who flies with me with have to take turns at flying" I had a 1 hour stint at the controls. The largest plane I had flown until then was a Tiger Moth.

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Tim McCoy, e-mail, 23.04.2017 04:01

I am trying to find the airframe manual for the CL-44D.
I am trying to create drawings to build a large model of the plane in Tigers colors.
I have the flight and maintenance manuals, but as there are no drawings of the plane available (outside of general arrangement drawings), I need the airframe manual to create the shapes of the fuselage and nacelles.
If anyone knows where I might find this manual or has thoughts about it, please let me know. Regards, Tim

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Andre Marsan, e-mail, 17.01.2016 00:05

I have worked on this Aircraft when we first received it from Canadair, i was a young man of 21 and an air frame tech. It was nice and brand new, we were proud to have been transferred from The North star, loved the experience.

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Jhannes Einarsson, e-mail, 24.09.2015 15:07

Loftleiir Icelandic bought 2 CL-44D4 in 1964 and 2 more in 1966 all four aircraft were streched and designated
CL-44 J .All the aircraft were leased and later sold to Cargolux Airlines in Luxembourg and operated until 1980

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Ray, e-mail, 22.09.2015 05:56

I remember Wrangler Aviation CL-44s flying into KORH from TJBQ, about 3 times a week, back in the early 1080s. Heck of a big airplane. When it was raining or misty you could see the moisture come off the wingtips and roll into vortices. Quite a sight.

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Shirley Dickson, e-mail, 19.05.2015 02:34

I was a teacher assigned to Metz France in 1962.I flew out of Trenton Ontario in August.We had some problems and we had to dump all our fuel and return to Trenton until the problem could be fixed- then we took off again hours later.

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CL44 Association, e-mail, 20.04.2015 17:54

Since we flew the Guppy into BOH, it has languished there, mainly unattended despite the assertions of its owner Harlan Wayne Jordan, that he will have it flown out of there? Just about 250 questions we should like to ask him but the CAA do seem intent on maintaining the Grounding Order on it. The UK-based Association has made several approaches to Mr Jordan to take over the a /c either on Lease or purchase, alas with no success

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Yvon Clouette, e-mail, 08.02.2015 17:39

Hi,
I was trained at Canadair to become a flight engineer for the CL-44 from 1958 to 1963. I was 18 years old when I entered this training program, Learned the fabrication of this a /c from A to Z... Worked in every department to end up in the flight shed as a preflight mechanic. Unfortunately, the Canadian gov. terminated a contract that would have permitted the construction of over a 100 more of these for political reasons at the time. As a trainee, I was protected from layoffs for the entire duration of the training along with 9 others, So when the training was completed and that the company lost the gov. contract, we were all laid off!
But I loved this aircraft so much since I followed it's birth via the training program. I remember doing ''fuel flows'' and engine run-ups...remember the oleo legs on these landing gears which had a warning and protection system to prevent taking off if these were extended too far. In fact, if I remember correctly, you could not start the engines if the landing gears were too high!
Also, the flight controls for the swing tails were unique in design with torque tubes and gear boxes transferring rotary movement to push and pull at the swing tail bulk heads.
Also the swing tail lock up protection was quite complicated.
But after the layoff from Canadair, I was hired by Shell Canada and worked for them for 31 years! Never returned to the aircraft industry but always missed it! I was always great-full towards the instructors at Canadair for what I have learned and it served me all my life in a completely different environment.

Yvon Clouette Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Ellen Snow, e-mail, 10.10.2014 16:52

Seaboard flew the CL-44 in the sixty's. Seaboard started with the 44 in 61 with cargo and pax flights.

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Al Bowen, e-mail, 29.12.2013 06:44

On leave in July of 1962 I rode-Space Available- on a SLICK AIRWAYS CL-44 from Tachikawa to Travis with stops at Midway and Hickam AFB..coming back to Japan (Chitose, 12th ASA Field Station) I rode a Flying Tiger Super Constellation..Travis-Hickam AFB- Wake, Tachikawa, then an Air America C-46 to Hokkaido. I made a dozen crossings as a courier, but all of those were on C-124's....a ride that I will never forget !

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Jim Clark, e-mail, 02.12.2012 19:37

I flew in CL-44's in 1962 as a flight navigator for Flying Tiger Line North-Pac and Mid-Pac into Vietnam,Thailand and Japan. Only mechanical problems were when we increased max gross to 210 thousand. Nose gear failed on takeoff at Cold Bay and all four engines were destroyed by all of the parts flying up while in reverse thrust. Also many stained underwear.

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Ernie Gauthier, e-mail, 20.10.2012 16:56

Have over 7500 hrs on the old Yukon as a Flight Engineer it never let me down, never delayed because of malfuctions of the A /C.

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Larry Richards, e-mail, 22.08.2012 02:35

While stationed at McGuire AFB in 1964 and 65 as a jet mech. I used to see Seaboard World's CL-44 Swing Tail loading cargo about 3 days a week. Beautiful aircraft! Big it was.

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Geoff Nash, e-mail, 15.08.2012 20:48

I flew in the CC106 as a dependent from Trenton to Lahr in '67. As a 14 yr. old, what I remember were the seats facing backwards. Haven't seen that since.

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Jeff K, e-mail, 31.03.2012 00:18

I remember seeing them flying into /out of Keflavik, Iceland,
when I was stationed there in 1967. They were in Loftleidir airlines livery. I never saw an RCAF Yukon, there. The only regular visitors were an RCAF Argus, a Danish PBY and a RAF Shackleton. The good old days.

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Larry Kushniruk, e-mail, 27.03.2012 15:43

I was involved in a marketing effort to sell these after Albert Ethier purchased 7 of them by way of Tender fro Govt surplus assets. Turned out that they could not have a civilian type cert due to Eng chenge, so there they sat ( sit ) except for a few short term contracts into a few countries that allowed the a /c to fly on their register. I have a big file on these if anyone is interested.

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