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Canadian CT-155 Hawk

by Chris Aleong


Canadian CT-155 Hawk


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The Canadian Armed Forces newest aircraft is the BAE Systems Hawk 115 with a CAF designation of CT-155 Hawk. The jets are operated by 419 "Moose" Sqn, formerly the CF-5 lead-in fighter training unit. No unit markings are being applied, as the jets are owned and maintained by Bombardier Aerospace, and operated by the CAF.

The jets at Moose Jaw and Cold Lake carry the same colour scheme to allow fleet rotation between the two bases without the need to repaint the jets for the two different training roles and to ensure that the strength at CFB Cld Lake is maintained. This blue colour scheme is Practical, but not Tactical.


The CT-155 Hawks are the trainers used for the NFTC (NATO Flying Training in Canada) located at CFB Cold Lake. For further information you can visit the web NFTC web site at www.nftc.net.

Thanks very much to Sgt Steve Sauve for help with information for this article.




Aircraft 155208 taxies out for take off from Runway 31 at 4 Wing, CFB Cold Lake.
The colour scheme is a glossy dark blue with high visibility full colour markings. Notice that there are no military-specific CAF markings on the aircraft, other than the Canadian Forces' roundels.

Aircraft 155215 taxies past a line up of Dutch F-16s which were taking part in Maple Flag 34, the annual air combat exercises held at 4 Wing CFB Cold Lake. The Canadian Hawks do not take part in Maple Flag and had to schedule their training flights before and after the Maple Flag missions.

Aircraft 155214 passes a row of German F-4Fs taking part in Maple Flag 34. At the moment there are 8 CT-155 Hawks at 4 Wing, CFB Cold Lake but I believe the plan is expand this fleet to 9 or 10 aircraft as the programme evolves and grows.

Text & Images Copyright 2001 by Chris Aleong
Page Created 20 October, 2001
Last Updated 19 April, 2004

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