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NOTE:  These aircraft were originally ordered by the RCAF, with the designation CX-84, and with RCAF 4 digit serial numbers.  By the time they were actually built, the RCAF had been integrated into the Canadian Armed Forces, so the aircraft were delivered in CAF markings, but with the original RCAF serial numbers.  The CAF designation CX-131 was later allocated, along with the appropriate CAF serial numbers (starting at 13101).  However, the CAF serial numbers were never marked, and most contemporary sources refer to the aircraft as the CX-84.  Hence the schizophrenic nature of this page.


 

Designer

Manufacturer

basic designation

variant or model

name

 

company designation

company number

 

 

 

8401

Canadair

 

CX-84

 

Dynavert

 

CL-84-1

2

 

 

 

 

First hover flight 19 February 1970, at Cartierville, PQ, by company pilot W. Langford.  Modified at Canadair in winter of 1970 - 1971.  Joint Canadair / CAF testing in 1971 included external stores dropping and gun firing at Nicolet range, PQ.  Demonstrated in Washington, DC early 1972. Operated from USS Guam on 17 February 1972 by Canadair pilot and USN co-pilot.  "Buzzed" the ship, including roll, at end of trials.   Used to train flight crew from CAF, USN and Royal Aircraft Establishment, October 1972 to January 1973.  Used in tripartite avionics test program at USN Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland, USA, starting 12 July  1973.  Lost after port propeller gearbox failure in flight.  USN and USMC pilots ejected, with minor injuries.

 

first date:

February 1968

last date:

8 August 1973

 

 

 

ordered by RCAF

 

Lost at Patuxent River, see comments.

 

8402

Canadair

 

CX-84

 

Dynavert

 

CL-84-1

3

 

 

 

 

First flight 15 September 1972, at Cartierville, PQ, by Doug Atkins and C. Harcourt.  Used for joint Canadian and British trials with avionics displays.  USN joined program in September 1972.  Delivered to Naval Air Test Center 7 December 1972.  Made first IFR transition by a tilt wing aircraft, with RAF pilot under hood and CAF safety pilot, during this program.  Testing continued until May 1974 (at least).  Included night trials, and carrier operations from USS Guadalcanal.  Flown about 44 hours by RAF, about 40 hours by USN, and about 35 hours by Canadian pilots (CAF, Canadair, and CAE?) during this program.  Returned to Cartierville 11 June 1974.  Delivered to  National Aviation Museum, Ottawa, 1984, in pieces.  Was donated by Canadair.  Reassembled, and now on static display.

 

first date:

February 1968

last date:

 

 

 

 

ordered by RCAF

 

 

 

8403

Canadair

 

CX-84

 

Dynavert

 

CL-84-1

4

 

 

 

 

Completed, maintained to latest modification status as a spare aircraft, never flown.  Now displayed at Western Canada Aviation Museum, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 

first date:

February 1968

last date:

 

 

 

 

ordered by RCAF

      

 

 



This data has come from a variety of sources, and may contain all sorts of errors. In the future, I will add a complete list of references. For now, some recent Internet references can be found at the links below.  I would welcome any corrections or additions you may have. Contact me using the link below.

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