This Day in Aviation History
July 15th, 1946
First flight of the Canadair North Star.

The Canadair North Star was a 1940s Canadian development of the Douglas C-54 / DC-4 aircraft designed for Trans-Canada Air Lines – TCA. Instead of radial piston engines found on the Douglas design, Canadair used Rolls-Royce Merlin engines to achieve a higher cruising speed of 325 mph compared with the 227 mph of the standard DC-4. Requested by TCA in 1944, the prototype flew on 15 July 1946 and the type was used by various airlines and by the RCAF. It provided reliable, if noisy, service through the 1950s and into the 1960s. Some examples continued to fly into the 1970s, converted to cargo aircraft…..

Wikipedia, Canadair North Star:

YouTube, Trans Canada Airlines 1940s 1950s from NFB:

YouTube, North Star Move into the Hangar:

In case you were wondering, here is the last update on restoration of the aircraft shown in the above video. Does anyone have any idea if they have permanently suspended the restoration?

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