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Press Release: Canadian-built ‘Snowbirds’ jet headed for auction

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Canadian-built ‘Snowbirds’ jet headed for auction

TORONTO, Ontario – February 25, 2011 – Built in the mid-sixties by Montreal-based Canadair as the CL-41, this nimble twin-seat jet aircraft was designated the CT-114 Tutor by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and employed as their primary jet trainer. The aircraft was adopted in 1971 by the Canadian Forces legendary Snowbirds Demonstration Team (431 Squadron) to bring thrilling aerobatic performances to air show events across North America. With its high maneuverability and lightweight design, the classic CT-114 Tutor was ideally suited to the formation and aerobatic roles of the exciting Snowbirds shows that continue to enthrall millions of spectators every year.


This fully documented Canadian-built trainer was piloted by Captain Christopher England and the Snowbirds team in the 1990s and retains its original patriotic colors, cockpit instruments, controls and ejection seats. It was originally powered by the popular General Electric J85 axial flow jet engine which has since been removed after being retired from service. An extensive collection of documentation including log books and complete maintenance and service records will accompany this sale.

The Snowbird jet joins an impressive lineup of original and restored collector vehicles up for bids April 8-10 at the Classic Car Auction of Toronto hosted by Blenheim, Ontario-based - Collector Car Productions.

“This unique offering represents a rare opportunity for collectors and flying enthusiasts to purchase one of the most famous aircraft in Canadian aviation history”, says auction founder and industry veteran Dan Spendick.

Held indoors at Mississauga’s International Centre, this year's spring event will also feature a registered and documented 1966 Shelby GT350 that sold new in Windsor, Ontario and an extremely rare Canadian-built 1956 Meteor Rideau Convertible. Bidding information, photography and detailed specifications of the Snowbird Jet and other collector vehicles available at: or call: 416-923-7500.

About Collector Car Productions

Collector Car Productions is a privately held Canadian-based auction house specializing in acquisitions, sales and appraisals of investment quality collector cars and private estate collections in North America. The company’s bi-annual auctions held indoors at Toronto’s International Centre in Mississauga are the largest collector car auction events in Canada offering several hundred collector vehicles and rare automotive memorabilia.

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