An F-104 Starfighter will find its new home in the Alberta Aviation Museum located in Edmonton, Alberta on March 26. This comes after a year-long fundraising drive to raise the capital for purchasing it: tens of thousands of dollars in total. In a statement released Wednesday the 13th, the museum’s executive director, Thomas Hinderks, recounted his enthusiasm. It took a lot of campaigning and paperwork for them to get to this point.
The Starfighter is slated to arrive – disassembled – in two separate shipments from the Netherlands. After reassembly and a triumphant unveiling ceremony later this year, the plane will be set on display to the public. There will be cockpit tours and historical information made available for the edification of visitors.
The Canadair CF-104 Starfighter (CF-111, CL-90) was a modified version of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter supersonic fighter aircraft built in Canada by Canadair under licence. It served with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and later the Canadian Forces until it was replaced by the McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet.