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The Canadair Argus The Untold Story of Canadas Cold War Maritime Hunter Royal Canadian Air Force

Mention the Canadair CP-107 Argus to a member of Canada’s Armed Forces who was around during the Cold War and you will see a gleam of pride in their eyes. Mention the same aircraft to a member of the Soviet submarine fleet during that same time and you will see a decidedly different expression. One of fear – fear of an enemy they could not hide from.

Of course on a brighter note, there was also fear felt by the international participants of the numerous Fincastle sub-hunting competitions who were soundly trounced by the Argus crews time and time again.

Yes, if you were a Cold War submariner aligned with the Eastern Block countries, Canada was by far your greatest threat. She had the best aircraft, the best destroyers, and making a no doubt to them, unfair advantage seem even more so, the Canadians manning them were also the best in the world.

I well remember growing up in Moncton, NB and watching with fascination as CP-107’s using the Moncton airport to practice landings would roar overhead leaving the windows rattling. Ah, those were the days.

All of which leads to my review of The Canadair Argus, The Untold Story of Canada’s Cold War Maritime Hunter.

Majors Cary Baker MSM, CD and Bert Campbell CD, have compiled an incredible collection or information, photographs and antidotes from the history of this incredible aircraft. A lot of the images are published for the first time and in my mind, they alone make the price of the book worthwhile. It’s not cheap although it can be found for a little less than the $59.95 cover price if you search on-line.

I found the technical information interesting, but the real gems within these pages are the stories – accounts from the Cuban Missile Crises (anyone subscribing to the ‘Canada has only been about peace-keeping, need not read this book. It will only hurt their feelings) to the personal ordeals of crew members who flew incredibly long, dangerous missions in defence of our freedoms.

A nice touch is that the book’s cover replicates the jacket. I know this is an extra expense but it is nice to know that if the jacket ever becomes damaged, it doesn’t really matter.

A nicer touch are the drawings and paintings by Rob Arsenault. All the book’s images and text are well printed on high quality, gloss paper.

Bryler Publications Inc, of Chester, Nova Scotia, has created a beautiful masterpiece with this volume. If you have any interest whatsoever in the Cold War, or aircraft in general, you will need to get your hands on this book. For more Argus info, visit http://cp107argus.com/Opening.htm

Sadly, due to an issue with the publisher, this book is now difficult to find, but is well worth the hunt.