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416 Lynx Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force


      The  CF-100  Years!

Site last updated Jul 26th, 2019.
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416 was reactivated at Saint-Hubert, Québec as the "LYNX" All Weather Fighter Squadron on Friday, 1 February 1957. She was equipped with Avro's CF-100 Mk-V (powered by 2 Orenda 11 engines), and served at Saint-Hubert until disbandment on 30 September 1961.


(For a stylized and frameable condensation of the squadron's history, please go to this link.)


This site is dedicated to those who flew, under the "Punchbowl" call sign, the One and Only "Made in Canada" fighter aircraft to make it to production status.




Our beloved Clunk is delivered
416 Squadron February 1957
Now you know who we are, let's have a look at the aircraft we were privileged to fly in. In her time, she was the best - not just in Canada, but in the world. If there is a theme for this web site, it can be summarized by paraphrasing a familiar book/film title: "We were airmen once ... and young." 
Avro CF-100 MkV

Lynx Squadron formation 1959

  Also known as:
"The Clunk" - "The Lead Sled"
"CF-Zero" - "The Beast"...
but dearly loved by all those who mastered it and pushed it to its surprising limits for those days!
"Scorpions", "F-102s", "Javelins", etc. were no match for it, Afterburners or Reheat at full blast!
Wingspan: 18,54 m (60' 10")
Length: 16,51 m (54' 2")
Height: 4,45 m (14' 7")
Weight: 15,241 kg (33,600 lbs)
Engines: Two 3,311 kg (7,300 lbs) thrust
Avro Canada Orenda 11 Turbojets
Max. Speed: 480 knots, Mach 0.84
892 km/h (554 mph)
Cruise Altitude: 12,192 m
(40,000 ft.) plus
Ceiling: 14,630 m (48,000 ft.)
Max. Range: 3,219 km (2,000 miles)
Designed and built in Canada,
the CF-100 was Canada's greatest
indigenous military aircraft.
From 1950 to 1958, 692 were built for the RCAF.
The aircraft equipped Canada's 13 front-line
all-weather fighter squadrons and remained in service until 1981.
The armament consisted of various combinations of machine guns and air-to-air rockets,
both guided and unguided.
RCAF MK5 variant of the CF-100 normally had
a pod which carried 29" (62 mm) unguided
rocket missiles on each wingtip.  

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*** Please refer to May 2017 News update on the passing of Robert "Bob" Eley (current webmaster for this website) with regards to contact information for future updates and website maintenance. Note: Bob's punchbowl16 email is no longer in use or being monitored.