RCAF to refurbish (really) old fighters.
|Like a phoenix from the ashes...|
The choice to refurbish the Voodoo was a natural one. There are currently 30 examples being used as gate guardians, museum exhibits, and the like. Heck, some CF-101 proprietors are literally giving them away.
The RCAF's man in charge of the CF-101 Voodoo refurbishment, Lt. Colonel Gilbert "Gull" Able, had this to say about the project:
"It makes a lot of sense, when you think of it. We got all these Voodoos laying around, doing nothing. Most of them have less wear and tear than some of our CF-18s!"Indeed, the Voodoo only flew for 26 years in Canada. The CF-18 has been in service for over 30, and will be likely hit 40 before a replacement comes. The CF-101 also did little more than intercept the occasional Soviet bomber, while the CF-18 has seen combat action over Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Libya; not to mention intercepting its fair share of Soviet (and Russian!) bombers.
|On its way to resurrection.|
"It really is the next logical step. We've already done multiple life extensions on the CF-18, the Aurora, the Sea King, the Buffalo, a few Hercs, and we got paintings of all the Snowbird Tutors somewhere that no one's allowed to look at... Just consider this a post-retirement life extension."The Voodoo refurbishment could also point to an increased Canadian commitment to the F-35 Lightning II. With concerns about the single-engine F-35's safety, the extra engine is said bring extra piece of mind for arctic patrols, with many swearing that 2 50-year turbojets is a better bet than a single, modern turbofan.
|Taking flight again?|
When asked if a similar program would take place for the CF-104 Starfighter, Lt. Colonel "Gull" Able simply laughed hysterically and said: "Are you (expletive deleted)ing CRAZY? Who'd be suicidal enough to fly that (expletive deleted)ing thing?"
Happy April 1st everybody.