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Cold War plane unveiled at Alberta Aviation Museum

The Alberta Aviation Museum unveiled the newest addition to its collection this weekend: a Starfighter plane that flew in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1961 until 1984.

The Starfighter was the fastest plane ever flown by the RCAF

The CF-104 Starfighter plane is the fastest plane that ever flew in the RCAF – capable of hitting Mach 2.3, or 800 metres per second. (CBC)

The Alberta Aviation Museum unveiled the newest addition to its collection this weekend: a CF-104 Starfighter plane that flew in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1961 until 1984.

The fastest plane that ever flew in the RCAF – capable of hitting Mach 2.3, or 800 metres per second – the Starfighter was the aircraft of choice for NATO allies during the Cold War.

The plane is part of the museum's new look, including redesigned exhibits and a reorganized show floor.

Several former pilots were on hand Saturday to reminisce about their own experiences flying Starfighters.

"The F-18 can't go that fast," said Rick Wall. "It was exciting – you had to stay ahead of it all the time because if you didn't you were going to be in trouble."

Neil MacLean, who used to repair Starfighters, said restoring this particular plane has been a labour of love.

"What we did this time is we just kind of got it to the point where it kind of looked good and ... people could really see what it looked like."

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