Canadair CL-215T Walkaround

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Canadair CL-215T Walkaround

Postby dogsbody » Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:26 pm

Was at the Edmonton Airshow Sunday. The only winged floaty thing was this, so I snapped a few pics.

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Re: Canadair CL-215T Walkaround

Postby MrWidgeon » Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:18 am

Nicely done Chris.

For those that don't know, the easiest way to tell a CL-215T from a CL-415 is the number of drop doors.
The CL-215/215T have 2 doors and the CL-415 has 4 doors.

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Re: Canadair CL-215T Walkaround

Postby dogsbody » Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:41 am

Thanks, Bill. I'll have to remember that fact, just in case I ever get near a 415.


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Re: Canadair CL-215T Walkaround

Postby Rajay » Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:42 pm

MrWidgeon wrote:Nicely done Chris.

For those that don't know, the easiest way to tell a CL-215T from a CL-415 is the number of drop doors.
The CL-215/215T have 2 doors and the CL-415 has 4 doors.

Bill

I was going to ask something along those lines myself - until I read enough to see that my question had already been answered.

25 - 30 years ago while I was still in Daytona Beach, I got a chance to walk through an older, R-2800 powered CL-215 at a SkyFest airshow there. The thing was certainly built like a tank in the best spirit of a Grumman amphibian too. Ever since I have thought of it as an "honorary Grumman." ;)
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Re: Canadair CL-215T Walkaround

Postby seawings » Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:39 pm

Chris,

Thanks for a classic WR - lovely.

But, that is a 415 isnt it? Turbo engines v's radials, etc?
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Re: Canadair CL-215T Walkaround

Postby dogsbody » Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:18 am

Some intel:

http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/C-GFSN.html

http://www.planepictures.net/netsearch4 ... &stype=reg

http://www.regosearch.com/aircraft/ca/GFSN

http://www.aviationhistorycanada.ca/Reg ... eNumber=17



Apparently, it was built in 1987 as a P&W R-2800 powered CL-215. At some point in the recent past, it was converted to turbo-prop, hence the CL-215T designation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardier_415


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Re: Canadair CL-215T Walkaround

Postby seawings » Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:36 am

Ohhhh......

...and there was me thinking I knew everything about the 215/415 series...! :oops:

Thanks, Chris.

Mind you, I'd LOVE a decal sheet with that scheme on it! Makes a change from the 'norm'.

I wonder how many more colourful schemes there are 'out there' that could also make a great decal sheet..? ;)
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Re: Canadair CL-215T Walkaround

Postby DavidLegg » Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:08 am

Bryan - you need this :-) It has plenty of information on the conversion of CL-215s to CL-215Ts. (Review taken from The Catalina News Issue 79 Copyright David Legg) ....

"Often mistaken for Catalinas by those holidaying in the South of France, Spain and Greece who do not know better, the Canadian CL-215 and turboprop CL-415 are those rare beasts – a purpose built, fire-fighting seaplane. They have become a well-known sight in Europe, not to mention all over their native Canada and in many cases replaced Catalinas and Cansos in the same role. Superficially, the piston-powered CL-215 is similar to the Catalina but is much more ‘boxy’ in shape as well as having its wing mounted directly onto the hull rather than a pylon. The CL-415 is based on the ‘-215 but in addition to replacing the CL-215’s piston engines with turboprops, the designers added large wing end-plates as well as winglets on the horizontal tail. It also has greater water capacity and other internal equipment updates. The French publisher Editions minimonde76 has released a large format, 64-page softback entitled Les Bombardiers d’eau Canadair Scoopers authored by Frédéric Marsaly & Samuel Pretat. As is to be expected from any monograph, it covers the full story of the type from its conception in Canada to full-scale production, development, sales and operational use. In the latter category, it is stressed that fire fighting is not the only role that the Canadair has been put to. There is also a brief history of aerial fire fighting that features many of the disparate types that have been used world wide including the Catalina/Canso. The book is illustrated throughout with colour photos and drawings showing all of the worldwide operators of the Canadair and the overall effect is very colourful indeed. There is also a full production listing. The text is dual language being in both French and English. The price is just under 20 Euros plus p&p although the latter may vary depending on where the order is from. Some UK specialist bookshops such as the Aviation Bookshop in Tunbridge Wells may stock it. The ISBN reference number is 978 2 9541818 0 6 ….."
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