The Canadair CT-114 Tutor is a Canadian-built jet trainer that was used by Canada’s air force to train pilots from 1963 until 2000 when it was replaced by the CT-156 Harvard II and the CT-155 Hawk. The Tutor continues to be flown by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
The museum’s aircraft (#114177) arrived by truck in Nanton on September 12, 2005 from CFB Mountainview. It was disassembled and prepared for its journey by museum members Peter and Paul Whitfield and volunteers Mike Berry and Brad Fraser.
After a brief stop in Nanton, Tutor #177 was on its way to Rocky Mountain House where, over the winter of 2005-2006, it was restored and painted by volunteer Maurice Galli in preparation for its appearance at the 2006 Rocky Mountain House Air Show and the official transfer of the aircraft from No. 431 Squadron (The Snowbirds) to the museum. Maurice painted it as Snowbird #4 (the “First Line Astern” position) that it flew as for five seasons and the position that was flown by Major Dan Robinson when he was with the team in 1996 and 1997. Major Robinson was raised in Nanton and his grandfather was one of the group of three responsible for bringing Lancaster FM-159 to Nanton in 1960.
Tutor #177 was then trucked to Nanton and officially placed on display
as part of the museum’s 2006 Twentieth Anniversary Celebrations.
Major Dan Robinson and Marg Liessens unveiled the artwork that commemorates the connection between No. 431 Squadron’s wartime history and its more recent history as No. 431 Air Demonstration Squadron (The Snowbirds). Marg Liessen’s father, Albert Dorey, was lost while serving as a wireless operator on No. 431 Squadron Lancaster KB-859.
Tutor #177 was built in 1966 and served at 15 Wing Moose Jaw with Number 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School. The aircraft served with the Snowbirds for ten seasons flying as #3 (1977, 1978), #4 (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986), #6 (1985), #9 (1979), and #10 (1980). Towards the end of her career, she was once again on strength with Number 2 Flying Training School. The aircraft’s last flight was to CFB Trenton on 27 July, 1999.
Tutor #177’s Career With the Snowbirds
|1977||#3||Capt. Wayne Thompson|
|1978||#3||Capt. Wayne Thompson|
|1979||#9||Capt. Ray Hansford|
|1980||#10||Capt. Denis Mercier|
|1981||#4||Capt. Bob Drake|
|1982||#4||Capt. Tristan deKoninck|
|1983||#4||Capt. Tristan deKoninck|
|1984||#4||Capt. Dave Forman|
|1985||#6||Capt. Steve Hill|
|1986||#4||Capt. Jim Fowlow|