The CL-30, later designated CT-133, was a tandem two-seat, armed trainer version of the F80 ‘Shooting Star’, powered by a Rolls Royce Nene 10 turbojet, delivering 5,400 lb thrust. Armament consisted of two nose-mounted 12.7 mm (0.5 in) machine-guns plus various light bombs, rockets and machine-gun pods. It had a service ceiling of 48,000 feet, a maximum speed of 600 mph at sea level and a cruising speed of 455 mph. The normal range was 1,025 miles and the maximum range was 1,275 miles.
The aircraft was one of 636 jet trainers built under licence by Canadair for the Royal Canadian Air Force, from 1952. The type was known in Canada as the ‘Silver Star’. It was used as an instrument flight trainer whilst in service with the Canadian forces in Germany.
The Museum’s aircraft was mounted as a gate guard at Baden Soellingen, West Germany. It was presented to the Museum on behalf of the Museum’s Canadian Branch in August 1993.