Canadair 'Argonaut'

Developed by Canadair Ltd of Montreal to meet the requirements of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Trans-Canada Air Lines (later known as Air Canada) the C4, as it was designated, was also ordered by BOAC, who called it the Argonaut. The aircraft was basically a pressurised Douglas DC-4 with British Rolls-Royce Merlin 626 engines. By 1957 BOAC wished to dispose of their aircraft and several were foisted onto their subsidiary airlines such as EAA and Aden Airways. They were known to be very noisy for passengers and well past their best. Happily EAA had their eyes to the future and ordered the Comet 4 at about the same time. Used initially on the route to London, then on African regional routes and to Asia. Disposed of in 1962. The following pictures of VP-KOI are courtesy of H. John Black.

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VP-KOJ probably at Heathrow. Eric Coates collection

Vital Statistics

Registration Aircraft c/n Previous Acquired Disposal Remarks
VP-KNY Canadair C-4 161 G-ALHO 1957 1962 Crashed Embakasi 4/11/62
VP-KOI Canadair C-4 152 G-ALHF 1957 1963 Leased to Aden Airways 1963. Sold to Brit air(East Africa) Ltd. but not used.
VP-KOJ Canadair C-4 159 G-ALHM 1957 1963 Leased to Aden Airways 1963. Sold to Brit air(East Africa) Ltd. but not used. To Air Links as G-ALHM on 4/9/64. WFU 11/65. Final ferry flight to Castle Donnington for British Midland as spares on 9/3/66.
VP-KOT Canadair C-4 156 G-ALHJ 1958 1958 Used from 2/2/58 to 12/58. Used for apprentice training at Heathrow in 1961. To Fire Section 1970. Gone by ??
VP-KOY Canadair C-4 146 G-ALHD 1959 1959 Short-term lease to EAAC 27/2/59 to 20/4/59 then back to BOAC as G-ALHD