Malton’s Heritage CF 100 was built by Avro and is currently sitting on a pedestal on Derry Road beside the renamed Paul Coffey Park (formerly Wildwood Park) in Malton. It has been displayed as part of the aeronautical history of Malton for over 50 years. It’s one of only three still displayed on concrete pedestals in Canada. Others are in war and airplane museums.
Our CF 100 is particularly significant because it was manufactured in Malton. The community is incredibly proud of Malton’s role in Canada’s aeronautical and military history. Unfortunately, the CF 100 has been slowly deteriorating over the years because airplanes were made to fly or to rest on the ground with their weight distributed over their landing gear, rather than perch indefinitely on a concrete and metal pedestal.
The City was investigating moving the jet to Hamilton but the community was upset at the prospect. As the local Councillor and a Heritage buff, I researched other CF 100s on display and found a similarly distressed model that had been reinforced, refurbished and repainted by Jim Hurlburt & Sons Heritage Metal Restoration in Haliburton five years ago for about $60,000. We have contacted them and they are happy to take on the supervision and design for our restoration, and to work with volunteer labour to keep costs down. I’m thrilled to take on this project and raise funds for the restoration and to organize skilled volunteer labour.
The project will be funded half by the City and half by donations from local businesses and individuals.
Some of the founding families of Malton have a strong interest in preserving our aerospace heritage. Ann Barclay, whose grandparents and parents, the Codlins, owned one of the original farms and eventually worked in the aerospace industry, started off the fund with a $5,000 donation.
Joe Iannelli and Mike McCarthy from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Canada) Aerospace both grew up in Malton. Mike, who is President of MHICA, has generously offered skilled labour for the project.
Work will take place over three to four weeks starting in July, including modifications to the park and a foot bridge to access the plane. We’ll recognize the restoration at a rededication ceremony around Remembrance Day 2017.