Canadair C-54GM North Star
17515, No. 426 Squadron,
RCAF, 1950s
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All markings are tampo (pad) applied, no decals to discolor or flake.
Free-spinning propellers.
Rolling wheels.
Landing gear can be removed or added.
Model comes with a display stand.
A brief history of the aircraft type and the airline is supplied with each model.
The Canadair North Star was a unique Canadian development of the Douglas C-54 / DC-4
aircraft. Instead of radial piston engines found on the Douglas design, Canadair selected Rolls-
Royce Merlin engines in order to achieve a 35 mph faster cruising speed. The prototype flew on

The Canadair North Star took its first flight on July 15, 1946 and soon became very popular
worldwide. Canadair C-54GM North Star 17515 c/n 122 was manufactured in 1948 by Canadair
Ltd., Canada and served with the 426 “Thunderbird” Squadron until 1962 when the Squadron
stood down. 17515 was retained by the RCAF until 1965 when it became their last North Star to
be retired. Over 17 years it served in Korea, United Nations operations worldwide, northern re-
supply and humanitarian relief. In 1966 71515 went to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.


Power Plant:  4 Rolls-Royce Merlin 622 V12 engines,  1760 hp each
Rate of Climb:  296 m (972 ft) /min
Service Ceiling:  10,970 m (36,000 ft)
Max Speed:  568 km/h (353 mph)
Cruising Speed:  325 mph (523 km/h)
Range:   4,830 km (3,000 mi)

Wing Span:  35.8 m (117 ft 6 in)
Length:   28.6 m (93 ft 9 1/2 in)
Height:   8.4 m (27 ft 6 in)

Weight, Empty:  19,730 kg (43,500 lb)
Weight, Gross:  33,110 kg (73,000 lb)