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This is a list of aircraft of the Royal Canadian Navy. It also covers the period post-1968 when all aircraft operations were transferred to the air section of the newly unified Canadian Forces (now Canadian Forces Maritime Command).

Prior to the Second World War Canada did not operate any naval aircraft. The Royal Navy Air Service's Royal Navy Canadian Air Service operated flying boats. During the Second World War, Canada's naval aircraft were carrier based aircraft inherited from the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm. From the end of war to the 1960s, the RCN operated both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. After the CF sold off their last carrier (HMCS Bonaventure), Canada's navy operated only helicopters on their ships. Trackers were land based and performed maritime patrols.

Fixed Wing[edit | edit source]

Fighters[edit | edit source]

Aircraft Country of Manufacture Type Canadian Designation In Service Notes
McDonnell Banshee [1] United States carrier based fighter N/A 39 ex-USN all retired
Fairey Firefly[2]  United Kingdom carrier fighter N/A 64; 12 FR-I, 13 FR-4 ex-RN on loan
Grumman F4F Wildcat United States fighter N/A 5?
Grumman F6F Hellcat United States fighter N/A 0 Proposed but not bought
Hawker Sea Fury[3]  United Kingdom naval based fighter N/A 74
Supermarine Seafire[4]  United Kingdom carrier based fighter N/A 35 ex-RN

Bombers[edit | edit source]

Aircraft Country of Manufacture Type Canadian Designation In Service Notes
Grumman Avenger United States torpedo bomber/ASW aircraft N/A 125 ex-USN
Fairey Firefly  United Kingdom torpedo/divebomber N/A 12?

Other[edit | edit source]

Aircraft Country of Manufacture Type Canadian Designation In Service Notes
Grumman Tracker  Canada[5] ASW aircraft CS2F-1 & CS2F-2 42 CS2F-1; 57 CS2F-2
Consolidated Canso  Canada[6] patrol flying boat N/A 7
Curtiss H.12  United States patrol flying boat N/A ex-Royal Navy Canadian Air Service
Short Type 184  United Kingdom patrol floatplane N/A ex-Royal Navy Canadian Air Service
Avro Anson Mk.V  Canada utility/trainer aircraft N/A 2
Fairey Swordfish  United Kingdom biplane torpedo bomber N/A 22 ex-RN
Canadair Silver Star  Canada jet trainer 4 ex-RCAF
North American Harvard  United States/
 Canada
monoplane trainer 36 ex-RCAF
Supermarine Walrus  United Kingdom maritime reconnaissance/rescue amphibian N/A 3 ex-RN

Rotary Wing[edit | edit source]

Aircraft Country of Manufacture Type Canadian Designation In Service Notes
Piasecki Retriever United States helicopter N/A 3 ex-USN
Sikorsky Sea King United States ASW/Medium-lift transport/utility helicopter CH-124 41
Bell 47/HTL-4/TH-13L Sioux United States light helicopter N/A 3 HTL-4
Bell 47/HTL-6 United States light helicopter N/A 5
Sikorsky H04S United States helicopter N/A 3 - HO4S-2; 10 HO4S-4

Source: Posting War Ship Listings [7]

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