CF-104 Starfighter Refurbishment

Image Credit Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Aircorps Art Dec 2019

Image Credit  Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Image Credit Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

After 20 years of standing proudly at the entrance to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the CF-104 Starfighter (C/N 583A-5311) was removed from the front lawn this week for refurbishment. Double D Crane Services from Burlington provided their assistance in the process in cooperation with the museum’s Engineering and Maintenance Department. It will come inside to receive some TLC including some new paint and markings over the winter months . This will also gives us the opportunity to NDT the mounts before it goes back up in the spring.


A total of 2,579 Lockheed F-104 Starfighters were produced around the world. Besides manufacturing 200 CF-104Gs for the RCAF, Canadair built another 140 aircraft, between 1963 and 1965, for several other nations under the US Mutual Aid Program.

The Museum’s Starfighter on display outside the Museum is a CF-104D, a two seat trainer version. The aircraft was acquired from the Department of National Defence in late 1995.


The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum was founded in 1972 and is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to acquire, document, preserve and maintain a complete collection of aircraft that were flown by Canadians and the Canadian military from the beginning of World War II to the present. Our role is to preserve the artifacts, books, periodicals and manuals relating to this mandate. The Museum now houses almost fifty aircraft, an extensive aviation Gift Shop and Exhibit Gallery. Visit for more information.


  1. When I was a kid, my brother and I witnessed 4 CF104s scream across Georgian Bay and head for the Meaford tank range. They were low and fast. The sound was awesome and it continued for about 3 minutes until they were way out of sight. Too bad they didnt come back for another run.

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