Friday, January 23, 2015
The Canadair Argus
Title: The Canadair Argus: The Untold Story of Canada’s Cold War Maritime Hunter
Authors: Major Cary Barker and Major Bert Campbell
During the Cold War, the Canadair Argus plied the skies of Canada’s East and West Coast and, outside of a few preserved airframes, is almost forgotten. Even in books about the RCAF, it only gets mentioned for a few pages in chapters on Maritime Command. This 190-page hardcover book changes all that. It tells the story of the Argus from development to retirement and everything is here; weapon’s trials, stories of patrols, crew and maintenance tails, etc. I was fascinated by the Bullpup missile trials and the references to the Argus's use during the Cuban Missile crisis. The book is well illustrated with both colour and black-and-white photos and nicely done aircraft paintings. A must for an RCAF fan of Maritime operations.