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CF-100 Canuck 18429 - crash on 16 Feb 59.....
Flight Leiutenant W.I. (Bill) Gould was
at the controls. The weather was terrible and the airport was closed
as was his alternate. He had to land as fuel was running low. Doing
an approach in pretty much zero visibility he did not see that the
airport workers had "built" a four foot wall of ice on the
threshold of the runway. He struck this which resulted in his gear
being sheared off. He then used up his remaining airspeed to avoid
a maintenance truck which was occupying the runway. He was cleared
of any negligence during an inquiry and according to him, the airport
manager was fired over the incident. It's been years since he related
this story to me and I may have some of the facts wrong. Dad was a
career pilot, flying Spits overseas during the war. He flew a lot
of hours in CF-100s and was very active with CEPE and the Velvet Glove
program. I think he pretty much ended his flying days on the CF-100.
As for the aircraft, he thinks the foam did much more damage to it
than the actual landing. In any event, it was written off.
Information submitted by Bill's son Doug