The Canadair Argus
Title: The Canadair Argus: The Untold Story of Canada’s Cold War Maritime Hunter
Authors: Major Cary Barker and Major Bert Campbell
The Canadair Argus plied the skies of Canada’s East and West Coast during the Cold War and, outside of a few preserved airframes, is almost forgotten. Even in books about the RCAF, it gets, at best, mentioned for a few pages in chapters on Maritime Command. This 190-page hardcover book changes all that. It does what it says on the cover, it tells the story of the Argus from development to retirement. Everything is here; weapon’s trials, stories of patrols, crew and maintenance tails, etc. I was fascinated by the Bullpup missile trials, and the references to the use of the Argus during Cuban Missile crisis. The book is well illustrated with colour and black-and-white photos and nicely down aircraft paintings. A must for an RCAF fan of Maritime operations.
Reviewed by Jim Bates