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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.

He retired from active service in 1964.

Information submitted by Bill's son Doug