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Custom self-adhesive vinyl graphics for those larger projects  

     


Shown here are photos illustrating some of our completed projects, as well as short descriptions of each. If you are a private warbird owner, aircraft refinisher or museum curator and CanMilAir can be of service to you, please refer to the "CONTACT" page for various methods of communication through which we can discuss your project. References are available upon request.

See "WARBIRD  FAQ" page for examples of graphics styles available through CanMilAir.
    
    

Projects that are "Pending", "In Progress" or "Recently Completed"

 North American Harvard Mk.II 

Status:  "Pending" 
   
Supply accurate 1942 period markings to pedestal mounted Harvard in Claresholm, Alberta, serial number of Harvard unknown.
  

 Canadair T-33 Silver Star, 21578

Status:  "Pending" 
   
Provide complete set of markings for the pedestal mounted 3AFS Silver Star in Lethbridge Alberta commemorating  21578 lost on 9 March 1959.
  
 
 
 

Completed Projects

 

Casnadair CT-133 Silver Star, CF serial 133434, CFB Greenwood 

    
CanMilAir supplied the museum with a full set of FIP Era markings in Grey self-adhesive 2-mil Cast vinyl to refinish their pedestal-mounted Gate Guard. Blue and white tail band for 434 Squadron and the markings for the 50th Anniversary of the T-Bird included. 
  

Lockheed  P2V-7 Neptune, RCAF serial 24101, CFB Greenwood Military Aviation Museum

    
CanMilAir supplied the museum staff with RCAF+3 Era markings consisting of six full-colour white-outlined RCAF roundels, left and right facing Canadian Red Ensigns with white outlines and No.404 Squadron heraldic crest produced as digitally printed self-adhesive vinyl graphics. The underwing markings, nose last-three, fuselage marking strings, the nomenclature above and the full serial below the ensigns were produced in 2-mil self-adhesive gloss white Cast vinyl. 
  

Beechcraft D-18S Expeditor Mk.3N, ex-RCAF 2300

  
CanMilAir supplied a complete set of new RCAF+3 Era markings including full-colour RCAF Shadow titles, Canadian Red Ensigns, RCAF Silver Maple roundels and new left and right facing "Arctic Annie" nose art in digitally printed self-adhesive vinyl graphics. The underwing 'RCAF', serial 'last-three', full serial, nose 'last-three' and 'Training Command' titles, propeller warnings, fire extinguisher locator, and 'Arctic Annie' lettering  were produced in black, red, white and blue sef-adhesive 2-mil Cast vinyl.  Package also consisted of a set of service and maintenance markings produced as paint mask stencils.
   

Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, 104703

Located at the Canadian Starfighter Museum at the St. Andrews Airport, just north of Winnipeg, Manitoba.  
  
CanMilAir supplied the museum with a complete suite of exterior graphics in the RCAF "Mini Conversion Leaf" markings period (circa 1966). Graphics were produced in a combination of 2-mil cut Cast self-adhesive vinyl and digitally printed vinyl graphics.
  

 

DeHavilland DH-82A Tiger Moth, N729TM

Privately owned by Steve Betzler, Delafield, Wisconsin, USA
  
Tiger Moth (ex-RAF T7399) refinished as K-2583 from the RAF Central Flying School Aerobatic Team circa 1932-33.

CanMilAir to supply RAF style Fuselage and Tail Registration numbers and US Civil Registration "N" Numbers plus all Service and Maintenance stencils as self-adhesive vinyl Paintmask.  RAF Central Flying School crests for either side of the nose to be Digitally Printed on self-adhesive Cast vinyl, Gloss laminated for UV protection and Contour Cut to finished shape.

 

North American T-6 Texan - Strut Labels

Privately owned by Vanessa Jago, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
  
Vanessa commissioned CanMilAir Decals to design and reproduce exact copies of the "Bendix Pneudraulic Shock Strut" labels for the main landing gear. In image above, the original is on the bottom and the reproduction is on top.
  
Strut labels were supplied to the customer in two formats: Waterslide decals and Digitally-printed self-adhesive vinyl labels.  These self-adhesive vinyl Labels are available on my eBay site:  CLICK HERE
  

 

Cessna L-19A Bird Dog, 16709 - Kris Reynolds

Kris Reynolds L-19 Bird Dog
Privately owned by Kris Reynolds from Sechelt, British Columbia is currently being refinished and restored to Canadian Army's "Light Aircraft School" paint scheme, circa 1955 at Rivers, Manitoba.
  
CanMilAIr suppled all exterior markings (except the Tri-colour "Fin Flash") as  self-adhesive vinyl Paintmask. The unit crests for CJATC were be digitally printed on self-adhesive vinyl.
   

 

Avro (Victory) Lancaster Mk.10AR, KB839  

CFB Greenwood Lancaster
Located at the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum. at CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia and refinished in wartime camofluage to honour the 405 (Pathfinder) Sqn. 
  
CanMilAir supplied the all exterior insignia and markings including reproduction nose art as digitally printed self-adhesive vinyl graphics. 
 

 

Canadair CL-13 Sabre 6, N50CJ - Paul Keppeler

Sabre
Privately owned by Major Paul Keppeler, USAF Ret. in Wisconsin, USA
  
This Sabre was formerly located at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation and finished in USAF FEAF markings. The Sabre was completely stripped and overhauled by Heritage Aero . Paint scheme was revised by removing FEAF Yellow and Black striping and adding 435 FBS markings for a F-86F Sabre flown by Major James Jabara, the first USAF Jet Ace.
  
CanMilAIr supplied the large "National Star Insignia" and "USAF" for the wing surfaces in self-adhesive vinyl paintmask along with a comprehensive "Service and Maintenance" stencil markings package for a Canadair Sabre 5/6. Other items supplied as paintmask vinyl were the USAF Titles, Buzz Numbers, Registration numbers and White stars that accurately replicate the 435 FBS F-86F Sabre flown by Major James Jabara, the first USAF Jet Ace. The unit insignia on either side just below the cockpit were supplied as digitally printed vinyl graphics.
  

       
At last count, there were only 13 airworthy Sabres left in flying condition throughout the world. 

    ONE  built by CAC in Australia
   FIVE  built by North American in the USA
SEVEN  built by Canadair in Montreal

CanMilAir markings are now used on three of those seven Canadair Sabres ! !

 

 

 CASA 1.131E (Bucker Bu-131) Jungmann E.3B-407, C-FEBU

Bu-131 Jungmann and Bruce Paylor at the Tiger Boys Open House, September 2016.

Bruce Paylor puts on a show at the Tiger Boys Open House at the Guelp Air Park. The Jungmann is in the markings of the Spanish La Academia General del Aire. Photo by Pat Hanna.

CanMilAir supplied and installed the six digitally printed Spanish roundels and the numbering for the fuselage and tail in Gloss Black high-performance 2-mil Cast vinyl. The left and right facing Academia crests were painstakingly cut from White Cast vinyl and applied to both sides of the tail.

My thanks to Javier Permanyer, the Curator at the La Fundación Infante de Orleans museum in Madrid for his assistance with the correct characteristics of Spanish military markings.
  

Fleet Finch II 4494 - Campbell "Cam" Harrod

Fleet Finch II 4494 - Cam Harrod

Fleet Finch II 4494 - Cam Harrod

This beautiful Finch was built in 1940 at the Fleet Aircraft plant located in Fort Erie, Ontario and is now privately owned by Campbell "Cam" Harrod of Dundas, Ontario. It is finished in RCAF BCATP Trainer Yellow, exactly as it appreared while it was used by #4 EFTS in Windsor Mills, Quebec.  Over the course of the 2014/15 winter, the Finch was completely disassembled, overhauled and refinished for the 2015 airshow season.
   
CanMilAir was commisioned to supply and install a complete suite of new exterior graphics including six RAF "Type A" roundels and the Tri-colour Fin Flash that were digitally printed on self-adhesive Cast vinyl, then gloss laminated for UV protection and contour cut to finished shape. The large lower wing and the smaller fuselage 4-digit RCAF registration numbers, the large two-digit fuselage "Call Numbers" and all the Service/Maintenance stencils were all supplied in Gloss Black high performance 2-mil Cast vinyl. The  Civil Registrations under the tail was supplied in Gloss Yellow for a subtle effect against the Yellow airframe.
   

 

Cessna L-19 Bird Dog 16721 - Murray Kot

Cessna L-19 Bird Dog - Murray Kot

After leaving Canadian military service, Cessna L-19 "Bird Dog" 16721 served the Royal Canadian Air Cadet glider program as a tow plane, civil registered as C-FTAL, and finished in overall White with Blue striping. Purchased in 2014 by Murray Kot, the Bird Dog was flown to Purple Hill Air in Thorndale, Ontario, where it was stripped of its white/blue colours and refinished in the paint scheme shown above. With its Trainer Yellow fuselage band applied, this is the Canadian Army scheme worn by 16721 while it was at the Light Aircraft School in Rivers, Manitoba, as part of the Canadian Joint Air Training Centre (CJATC) in 1958. 
   
CanMilAir supplied the Canadian Red Ensign flags and the CJATC crests as digitally printed graphics on high-performance self-adhesive Cast vinyl. All other markings, including the three-colour roundels, were supplied as removable self-adhesive vinyl paint masks. Special masks were also provided to create the border around the outboard half of the upper wing roundels as well as the two under wing "Last Three" that overlap into the high-viz Red wing tip areas. 
   

 

Cessna L-19 Bird Dog 16720 - ACAM

Cessna L-19 Bird Dog - ACAM

Shown above is the restored Cessna L-19 "Bird Dog" registration 16720 at the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, finished in Canadian Army markings from the period 1965-68. Although Bird Dog 720 never actually wore this specific colour scheme, the paint scheme was chosen as an example of the aircraft while serving with the 2nd Regiment of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery at CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick.
    
CanMilAir supplied ACAM with digitally printed roundels, flags and unit crests on high-performance self-adhesive Cast vinyl and given a UV protective laminate (the unit crests had not yet been applied when the above photo was taken). All remaining lettering and numbering was supplied as removable self-adhesive vinyl paint masks and applied using white spray paint. 
   

 

Bazalgette Memorial Lancaster - Bomber Command Museum

Avro Lancaster Bazalgette VC

Often overshadowed by the popularity and high-visability of the Andrew Mynarski VC Memorial Lancaster in Hamilton, Canada's other Victoria Cross memorial Lancaster is finished as F2-T to honour the sacrifices of S/L Ian Bazalgette VC DFC from Calgary, Alberta, who was killed on 4 August 1944 with No.635 Pathfinder Squadron. 
   
The Ian Bazalgette VC Memorial Lancaster is located at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton, Alberta and in an effort to raise the public's awareness of the importance of F2-T the Museum Board of Directors asked CanMilAir to design a Victoria Cross crest "similar" to that used on the Mynarski Lancaster to strengthen the bond between the two memorial Lancasters. The approved design was then digitally printed on self-adhesive high-performance Cast vinyl and gloss laminated for UV protection. 
    
The crests were applied to both sides and on hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony were Charles Bazalgette (nephew of Ian - pictured in the pilot's seat) and Sheilagh O’Dwyer, the principal of Ian Bazalgette Junior High School in Calgary.
    

 

Douglas Dakota KN451 - CFB Greenwood

Douglas Dakota CFB Greenwood

The Greenwood Military Aviation Museum, located at CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia, restored Douglas C-47 Dakota KN451 which they had received from the Canada Aviation Museum in 2003 and finished it in a 1960's scheme used by 103 Rescue Unit at RCAF Station Greenwood. Unfortunately, someone forgot to remind the decal provider that the Canadian Red Ensign flags on the tail are mirror images of each other with a left and right-hand version on each side. Consequently, the ensign on the aircrafts right-side was backwards. 
When the error was discovered, CanMilAir was asked to supply a single right-hand 29" Canadian Red Ensign to correct the mistake. The Red Ensign was digitally printed on white high-performance Cast self-adhesive vinyl and given a clear gloss laminate for UV protection.
  

 

1944 Chevrolet M60 - CFB Comox

1944 Chev CMP M60 CFB Comox

This 1944 Chevrolet M60 Canadian Military Pattern workhorse was faithfully restored at the CFB Comox Air Force Museum in Comox, British Columbia. To complete the restoration CanMilAir Decals was able to provide a set of  "King's Crown" RCAF crests foir the doors along with the station name and vehicle registration number. The pair of RCAF crests were digitally printed and contour cut on white self-adhesive cast vinyl while the lettering was cut from Black self-adhesive high-performance Cast vinyl. 
  

 

CF-100 Inspired Bar 

CF-100 Inspired Bar

Designed to resemble a wing section from an Avro CF-100 "Canuck" all-weather jet fighter, this unique bar was built by Tom MacEwan of Godrich, Ontario. The air foil design was clad in thin aluminium sheeting with CanMilAIr supplying a 20" diameter RCAF roundel produced in red, white and blue high-performance Cast vinyl and a pair of black "No Step" markings along the bottom. The three-piece roundel was pre-assembled prior to shipping to give Tom a simple one-piece application to his bar. 
   

2002 Kawasaki ZX-9R "Ninja" 

BJ's Tool Cart

This 2002 Kawasaki Ninja was originally finished in the Burnt Orange/Black/White colour scheme, but was repainted Black after being blown over onto its right side by the rotor wash of an Augusta Westland AW-139 air ambulance operated by Ornge. (The hospital's helipad is just located just off the top of the photo) CanMilAir was able to supply the bike's owner with replacement graphics in white, red and metallic silver self-adhesive, high-performance cast vinyl. 
  

Custom graphics for a Carpenter's tool cart 

BJ's Tool Cart

As some of the readers here may know, by day I work as an Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) in the Engineering Services department of a large urban hospital. One of the carpenters down the hall built himself this cute little wagon to carry his supplies, tools and work-orders in. True to his trade, it is finely crafted and fitted with aluminum edging all the way around. Propulsion was originally a rope handle, but it has since been modified with a "T" handle after more than a few collisions with the rear end of his work boots!  Many of us in the department often joked that he should paint it red so it could then be his "Little Red Wagon"! 
   
One day he surprised all of us by actually painting his wagon red, but with the addition of a silver accent stripe down the middle. 
  
Opportunity doesn't often knock twice, so a quick internet search soon found an old Radio Flyer wagon logo I needed. (How many out there are old enough to remember those?)  I then added his initials in a matching font and using my ALPS printer, I printed two sets for the sides of his wagon in white with a black outline on clear self-adesive vinyl film. The miniature licence plate on the back was created by tracing individual letters from several licence plate images to get the desired set of letters and then tracing a whole licence plate to get everything else. The yearly sticker in the upper corner is red and black on metallic silver and has my initials and a renewal date of May 2012, which was the month I made this. 
  
Not long after I had finished printing the artwork, BJ took a couple of days off work and while he was away, my accomplice applied the new graphics to his wagon and had a good chuckle thinking about BJ's reaction when he returned to work! We were not disappointed - he absolutely loves it! 
  

R Laidlaw Lumber Co. Ltd - Propellor Manufacturer Decals 

R Laidlaw Lumber Co. Ltd

Built in 1942 by the R Laidlaw Lumber Company, this 76" diameter wooden propellor was recently overhauled by Q1 Aviation Ltd  in Mississauga. It will be fitted to a 145 hp Gypsy Major engine on a DHC-1 Chipmunk.
  
The refinishing staff at Q1 needed accurate manufacturer labels for the prop blades to finish the project and contacted CanMilAir for assistance. Available period images of the original sticker were scanned, then imported into our vector graphics software and a new design was created using the original image as a guide. Multiple copies of his new image were then digitally printed onto self-adhesive vinyl and were then contour cut to final shape to create ready-to-apply labels.

These vinyl Labels are available on my eBay site:  CLICK HERE
    

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star 133577 - C-FRGA 

Silver Star 133577

Owned by Hammond Aviation, Silver Star 133577 was refinished in April 2011 in this striking scheme and made it's debut at the Canadian Aviation Expo at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum on April 30, 2011. CanMilAir  supplied all markings in cut white and blue vinyl except for the shark's mouth, which was hand painted. The eyes were made with three layers of cut vinyl: white, black and yellow.
  
In 1992, this special commemorative paint scheme was worn by Canadian Forces CT-133 Silver Star serial 133504 from VU32 at CFB Greenwood, on the occasion of the squadron's disbandment. It was nicknamed the "Mako One" from the squadron's call sign "MAKO". With roots going back to 1946, VU32 was one of two Royal Canadian Navy utility squadrons. 
  
On a more personal note, this was a special project for me as my late brother, LCdr. James R. Burns RCN was the Commanding Officer of VU32 from March 1955 until February 1957. 
  

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star 133346 - C-FUPM

JAM 133346

Owned by the Jet Aircraft Museum, in London, Ontario, Silver Star 133346 is the first of the museums six T-33's to be returned to its former Canadian Forces appearance.  CanMilAir supplied JAM with self-adhesive vinyl spray-paint masks for all of the Grey FIP markings that were painted over when it left CFB Mountainview. She once again proudly wears the 434 "Bluenose" Sqn's schooner emblem on the tail!
  

Canadair Sabre 6 - N186PJ

Canadair Sabre 6

This Canadair Sabre 6 was built at the Canadair plant in Montreal (c/n 1710) as part of an order by the German Luftwaffe.  It made its maiden flight on 18 April, 1958.  It served in the West German air force with 2 /JG 72 and was marked as JB-240. After this, it was used by a civilian contractor in Germany for target towing for the air force. Eventually the Sabre was acquired by "Air Spray Ltd." of Red Deer Alberta and used for target towing at CFB Cold Lake from 1998 to 2005. The Sabre is currently owned by the Classic Aviation Aircraft Museum of Hillsboro, Oregon and registered as N186PJ.
  
Stripped of its Yellow and Black finish at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, the Sabre was given a new coat of Aluminium lacquer. CanMilAir Decals supplied all new self-adhesive vinyl markings to give it the appearance of an RCAF Sabre from 410 "Cougar" Squadron while based at North Luffenham, England in the early 1950’s.  The black, red and white tail bands, Red Ensigns and the RCAF roundels were all digitally printed and contour cut to finished shape. All other markings were cut from solid colour cast vinyl. The red and white nose band was made by applying red cut vinyl triangles over white paint. The new serial number and "Last Three" are the Sabre's Canadair construction number (1710). The new owners chose not to use the historically correct "AM" fuselage squadron codes but instead opted for the "RCAF" lettering on the fuselage sides.
   

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

EAA T-33A

Built by Lockheed in 1951, this pedestal-mounted T-33A (c/n 580-6411) is located on the grounds of the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. After years of exposure to the elements, a make-over was in order. The aircraft was removed from its mount, stripped of its original markings and its exterior polished to bring back that beautiful natural metal shine. 
  
CanMilAir supplied EAA AirVenture with all new cut vinyl markings (except for the four Stars and Bars, which were painted on by the EAA staff). The cresting on the tail identifies this T-33 as belonging to the USAF's Mobile AMA (Air Materiel Area) which was phased out in the late 1960's. These tail crests were digitally printed on self-adhesive vinyl while all the remaining striping, lettering and graphics were supplied in cut vinyl in Black, Red, Yellow and White. 
  
The T-33 is shown being carefully placed back onto its pedestal, just in time for the week-long 2010 EAA AirVenture in July.
  

1952 Dodge M37 Truck

1952 Dodge M37

This 1952 Dodge M37 three-quarter ton, four wheel drive military cargo truck was restored by John Hooper of Echo Bay, Ontario in Korean War era RCAF markings. John is the President of 432 RCAF (Algoma) Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada.
  
 CanMilAir reproduced the RCAF cresting for the doors by digitally printing the design on self-adhesive vinyl, which was then contour cut to finished shape.
  
 

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star 133564 - N134EM

Silver Star 133564

Built in the early 1950's, this Canadair CT-133 Silver Star (Canadian Forces serial 133564) went through the Avionics Upgrade Project (AUP)  in the late 1990's. It proudly served with AETE and finally 414 Sqn before retiring in 2005. After it was de-militarized, it was purchased from CFB Mountain View by Jared Isaacman in 2007 and US civil registered as N133MQ the following year, still wearing its overall Black finish and 414 Sqn tail band. It is currently registered as N134EM.

In early 2009 CanMilAir Decals provided custom-designed 2-mil self-adhesive vinyl spray-paint masks for all national insignia, lettering and service/maintenance markings. Modifications made to this aircraft included stripping out the two analog cockpits and installing all new digital "glass" cockpits.
  
The T-33 was then painted in the Black/Grey/White "Arctic Aggressor" scheme worn by the F-16 Fighting Falcons of the 18th Aggressor Squadron (18th AGRS) at Eielson AFB, Alaska. The vinyl paint masks were then used to paint the markings in contrasting colours.
  
The beautiful dusk photo was taken by long-time CanMilAir customer Allan Sauer at the 2010 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

2008 BMW Mini Cooper

Mini Cooper

And now for something completely different . . .
  
This 2008 Mini Cooper is owned by Dr. Joel R. Kann MD of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The British Racing Green colour inspired Joel to add Spitfire-style roundels to both doors of his Mini with carefully selected "code" letters to either side. While the "MD" is obvious, the "Z" is for his nickname "Zeke". 
  
Barely discernable in the photo due to the glare of the paint is the "pilots" name under the canopy, I mean driver's side window. It reads:  Joel "DOC" Kann
  
Commonly used on Canadian Spitfires and Mosquitos during the war, small RCAF "maple leaf roundels" were added to the fenders (engine cowlings?)  to further enhance the Spitfire look.
  
She's definitely an eye catcher!
  
 

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star 133577 - C-FRGA

CT-133 133577

After its retirement from CF service, Silver Star 133577 was registered as N577KK and was one of 14 Canadair Mk.3 Silver Stars purchased by Air Combat Warfare International in Kitchener, Ontario.  Now owned by Hammond Aviation and registered as C-FRGA, 577 once again wears her Canadian Forces markings from 414 Sqn, including the "Black Knight" cresting on the tail.

All FIP Era CF markings were provided in 2-mil self-adhesive grey high performance cast vinyl.  The 414 Sqn cresting was supplied in white and red vinyl that was applied over a painted black tail band.
  

Canadair T-33 Silver Star 21556 - N133KK

T-33 21556

This old Silver Star (sos from the Canadian Armed Forces inventory in November 1970) is currently registered as N133KK (ex N99179, ex RCAF 21556) and is owned by Ken Pacholski from Chicago, Illinois. Ken wanted the T-33 finished in full colour USAF markings so he made arrangements with CanMilAir Decals to provide the self-adhesive vinyl spray paint masks for the USAF national insignia and lettering.  
 
The T-33 was stripped and painted by Pat Janczak at Superior Plane Aircraft Coatings in Rockford, Illinois.
  

CF-101 Voodoo Ejection Seat Data Label

Ejection Seat Label Before

Eric Chapman from Kars, Ontario needed assistance while rebuilding an ejection seat from a CF-101 Voodoo. He needed a new data label for the seat's rocket motor.  Eric supplied the dimensional information and a new label was created and printed using Black and Metallic Silver on clear self-adhesive vinyl to give it the same raised 'feel" as if it were an original metal label.

Ejection Seat Label
  

1944 Chevrolet Canadian Military Pattern C60L GS Three Ton Truck

CMP C60 Switchplates

A bit of a different job for CanMilAir was making replacement dashboard switch plates for this CMP truck currently under restoration at the Comox Aviation Museum in Comox, British Columbia. Used by the RCAF, this particular C60 variant was one of about 2000 vehicles made to pull a radar trailer in the Second World War. These trucks were supplied with a winch to hoist the radar sail. 
  
 

Van's Aircraft RV-4  C-GOIV

Van's RV-4 C-GOIV

Pictured above is a RV-4 kit plane by Van's Aircraft. This particular one was built by Joe Schweers of Langley, British Columbia. The RV-4 has a wingspan of 23' and is 20' 4" long. Gross weight is 1500 lbs and is powered by a 150 to 180 hp Lycoming engine giving it a top speed of 201 to 213 mph, depending on the engine used.

CanMilAir supplied Joe with the upper wing and fuselage roundels as well as the pair of Red with Black outline CANADA titles typical of those found on Canadian military aircraft of the late 1970's to mid 1980's. All markings were supplied in computer-cut, high-performance, self-adhesive cast vinyl.
  
 

Canadair T-33 Silver Star 21616

Silver Star 21616

In October 2008, the Nanton Lancaster Society Air Museum contracted CanMilAir to provide cut vinyl markings for a complete make-over of their pedestal mounted T-33 marked as serial 21616 (the real 616 crashed during its ferry flight to its new owners, the Bolivian Air Force, in October 1973). The Nanton Silver Star was previously finished in a quasi "RCAF+3" Era markings (complete with a backwards Red Ensign). 
  
The T-33 was converted to "AB+3 Era" markings complete with full underwing markings. The goal was to recreate the period when 21616 was with the #2 Advanced Flying School and used by the Golden Hawks demonstration team as their support aircraft. During this period, 21616 wore a specially modified Golden Hawks design forward of the canopy on either side of the nose. 
  
The aircraft pays homage to Wing Commander Jack Allen, who was the commanding officer of the Golden Hawks from 1960 to 1962, and was born and raised in Nanton, Alberta.
  
 

Avro CF-100 Mk.3 Canuck 18152

CF-100 18152

Avro Canada CF-100 Mk.3 Canuck 18152 was taken on strength by the RCAF in May, 1953. Initially assigned to #3 Operational Training Unit, it was based at North Bay, Ontario and later at Cold Lake, Alberta to train aircrew destined to the more advanced Mark IV's and V's. In 1956, 18152 began service with 428 Sqn at Uplands, Ontario and then two years later was transferred to 432 Sqn at Bagotville, Quebec. The aircraft was then reassigned back to 3 OTU from 1962 until 1964 when it was transferred to the "Electronic Warfare Unit" based at St. Hubert, Quebec. It's last flight was in September of 1968 traveling to CFB Suffield where it was involved in testing by the Defence Research Establishment.
 
I
n 1981, the aircraft was restored in the markings of 3 OTU (coded JF-152) and placed on display as Gate Guardian to the entrance to CFB Suffield. In August of 1994 the Canuck was acquired by the Nanton Lancaster Society after being declared surplus to the needs of the Department of National Defence, and was placed on a pedestal in front of the Museum.
 
Showing the effects of over 20 years of exposure to the elements, CanMilAir was contracted in October 2008, to provide the restoration staff  with all-new replacement self-adhesive vinyl markings as the museum prepared for the "Anniversary of Powered Flight" celebrations in 2009. In May 2009 the old markings were stripped off and the new ones applied.
  

Vintage Wings of Canada's "Hawk One" Sabre

Vintage Wings of Canada F-86 Sabre (newly painted)

In September 2007, Vintage Wings of Canada acquired a Canadair Sabre Mk. 5 (ex RCAF # 23314) which was prepared for the 2009 air show season to commemorate  the 100th Anniversary of Powered Flight in Canada and the 50th anniversary of the Golden Hawks demonstration team.  Hawk One flew at airshows all across the country with the Snowbirds, a specially painted Golden Centennaires Tutor and a fully painted CF-18 Hornet. 
  
In early February 2008, CanMilAir was approached by renowned artist Jim Belliveau at CFB Cold Lake to ask if we could assist him with the project. We readily agreed to supply our Golden Hawks Sabre artwork as our contribution to this most worthy project. The artwork was used to create spray-paint masks so that the hawk motif could be painted onto the sides of the Sabre. 

Shown above is the Vintage Wings of Canada "Hawk One" Sabre fresh out of the paint shop at CFB Cold Lake on December 15, 2008.
   
The most obvious differences between the 2009 "Hawk One" and the 1959 Golden Hawk are found at the rear of the aircraft. Absent is the Red Ensign and military serial number and in their place is a specially adapted "Century of Flight" logo on either side of the fin and the civil registration in white on the red band.
 
Letter received from the Hawk One Project Director:

March, 2009

From the start of the Hawk One project, Mr William Burns of CanMilAir Decals expressed a strong interest in supporting the restoration of the Vintage Wings of Canada F-86 Sabre to Golden Hawk livery. When Jim Belliveau, the Project Manager for the Centennial of Flight ~ Specialty Aircraft Paint Schemes, contacted Bill in early February 2008, to ask for research support for the Golden Hawk markings, Bill promptly and cheerfully provided complete digital vector drawings of his own markings artwork which he professionally produced for his graphics company.
 
These full size drawings allowed Hawk One to take a huge leap forward towards its goal of faithfully producing these historically significant markings.
 
Bill’s boundless energy, attention to detail and obvious dedication were instrumental in the success of the Hawk One paint plan.

Hawk One Project Director and Team Lead 

Hawk One 2009

CanMilAir's William Burns and LCol Steve Will, the Hawk One Project Director and Team Lead, 
with the Hawk One Sabre at the St. Thomas air show in July 2009.
  

Canadair CT-133  Silver Star 133610 - N133DV

Silver Star 133610

Now owned by Bob Davis of  Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and civil registered as N133DV, this Silver Star, ex-CF serial 133610, last served with AETE at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta. 
   
CanMilAir supplied Bob with all the major Canadian insignia and markings as cut vinyl "spray-paint masks" to restore 133610 to its former Canadian Forces service appearance. The actual painting was performed by Pat  Janczak at Superior Plane Aircraft Coatings in Rockford, Illinois, and the freshly refinished Silver Star made its public debut at Oshkosh during the last week of July, 2008. 

Photographed by Al Sauer at the EAA AirVenture Convention at Oshkosh’s Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Bob's Silver Star 133610 once again proudly wears its Canadian Forces FIP markings, complete with AETE markings on the tail. 
  
Just behind the nose of 133610 can be seen the camouflaged Silver Star 133579 belonging to Paul Keppeler (see camo T-33 below). These two Silver Stars made an aerial rendezvous enroute to Oshkosh so they were able to arrive together in formation. 
   

Canadair CT-133  Silver Star 133467 - C-FYGM

Silver Star 133467

  CT-133, ex-CF serial 133467, is owned by Tom Rogers of Victoria, British Columbia and civil registered as C-FYGM. Tom wanted to return his aircraft to a natural metal or painted aluminium, appearance and apply 1960's "RCAF+3 Era" markings, complete with Red Ensigns on the tail. Also required was a complete package of new service markings and stencils. 
   
All design elements were provided in computer-cut, high-performance, self-adhesive cast vinyl, with the exception of the Red Ensigns on the tail, which were digitally printed on self-adhesive vinyl and contour cut to finished shape.
 

Canadair CT-133 Silver Star 133579 - NX433RD

Silver Star 133579

Purchased from CFB Mountainview by retired USAF Major Paul Keppeler of  Wisconsin in 2002, Silver Star 133579 (now civil registered as NX433RD) has appeared at many air shows in the US mid-west in pseudo USAF markings over the original Canadian two-tone Green / Grey wraparound camo. To acknowledge the aircraft's proud heritage, Paul wanted to restore his Silver Star to the Canadian marking configuration it wore at the time of its retirement. CanMilAir was able to supply Paul with the required roundels, FIP markings, flags, serials, and "Last 3" for his Silver Star produced in flat black high-performance, self-adhesive cast vinyl. The 439 Sqn crest on the tail was supplied as a self-adhesive vinyl spray-paint mask, since Paul already had the right shade of grey spray paint on hand.
 

"I was in a quandary. Where am I going to get marking stencils or 1:1 scale decal templates to restore the Federal Identification Program (FIP) Canadian Forces (CF) markings to my Canadair T-33? 
 
I posted the question on the Warbird Information Exchange or "WIX" website forum and one of the recommendations was to ask around in the modeling community. I'm an old modeler and I figured I'd give it a shot since I knew the modeling community had a lot of knowledge about the historical accuracy of markings and aircraft finishes. 
 
One of the links supplied from the forum was Bill Burns' CanMilAir Decals site. I contacted Bill to see if he could use the vector based artwork in collaboration with a graphics shop to make me the full-size markings for the T-33 i.e. the roundels, the "Canada" Wordmarks, the flag for the tail and the serial numbers for the wings and nose. Bill shot me an email with a sample sheet, said "can do", and the rest is history.
 
That was almost too easy! The accuracy and scale of the markings is perfect, the finish excellent and the price reasonable. 
 
With the help of a friend, I cleaned and smoothed as necessary all the aircraft surfaces before applying the decals. I also referenced historical photos of my aircraft and the official CF application diagrams furnished by Bill to aid in accurate placement of the markings. What I learned is that the CF maintenance personnel sometimes took some liberties in placing markings so where we had guidance from historical photos of my specific aircraft, we used that as guidance, otherwise we referenced the CF diagrams. 
 
I can't say enough good things about my experience working with CanMilAir. The finished product and supporting diagrams were first-rate and the service from Bill outstanding. He's a tremendous resource and it sounds like my fellow warbird cohorts who own Canadair T-33s 599 and 610 will be calling on CanMilAir in the future for help to "re-Canadianize" their historic aircraft. 
 
Thanks Bill for a job well done!"

Paul Keppeler

 
 Canadair CF-104D Starfighter 104645

Starfighter 104645

 

As acquired by the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, BC, CF-104D Starfighter 104645 was an Instructional Airframe (serial number 878C) from the Aircraft Battle Damage Repair Program. Volunteers at the museum required full size cut paint mask templates to spray paint the primary markings, national insignia, lettering, numbering, etc., after their Starfighter was repainted in its Symmetrical Era Green/Grey over Grey camo scheme. 
 
Contacted by the museum in September, 2006, CanMilAir "up-scaled" the Starfighter decal set #019 to full size and pulled out just the required elements to enable the museum staff to complete the project and get this Starfighter back on public display - on time and within budget.
  

 
   

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