Since the death of Allan Rubin, the owner of he Canadian Air Land and Sea Museum at Markham/Toronto, in 2020, the future is still unclear for a number of aircraft. In between some aircraft left the museum to new owner like the CF-104D 104644 to Australia and the F-104G FX-99 to Belgium.
And now again another aircraft left the former museum being the ex Canadian CF-104D 104643 (c/n 5313) which could be found at Markham, in a sorry state, from late nineties.
After its operational career this aircraft went to Mountain View during mid eighties becoming an instructional battle damage repair airframe with code "877C" and "211AC". And so when it arrived at Markham the aircraft was in a bad shape. Sadly the owner never found the time to restore the aircraft to a complete aircraft again.
On May 22nd, 2023 the aircraft left Markham and on the 25th it arrived in California. It will be completely assembled and restored and the plan is to have it preserved in California in Fall this year. To achieve this, a lot of extra components and also some wings were collected to make it complete. Steve Alex will act as a restoration consultant during the project.
We keep you all updated!!
Beneath some pictures provided by Steve Alex taken at Markham May 22nd.