The 14 most attractive Canadian aeroplanes


Following the many complaint emails the last time we asked George (a grumpy, and famously incompetent, soundman) to review a top ten, we decided never to ask him again. But then we changed our mind. We left George with a bag of homegrown and some photos of Canadian aircraft. We have told the British embassy in Ottawa to remain on a high-security alert. Over to George..

Once again Hush-Kit publishes an article so tedious that it is immeasurably improved by my comparing the aircraft in it to animal genitalia.

Oh Canada, a country famed for not having fourteen attractive anythings. Unless you find moderate political beliefs and moose dicks attractive, which I feel I’ve made fairly clear I don’t.

So put down your poutine pots and syrup bottles, and enjoy the fourteen least appalling looking Canadian planes to take to the cold drab skies, eh?

14. Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow ‘The Doomed Delta’


The famous white-suited Canuck ‘asphalt whisperers’ who are employed to apologise to any square foot of tarmac that has to bear the weight of a taxiing plane.

13. Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar ‘Unidentified Canadian Object’


What’s the female equivalent of a phallic symbol?* A gynic symbol? Vulvic?

Whatever it is, this is that and I’m DTF.

*Note from editor: the word you’re looking for is ‘yonic’.

12. de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk


“I think this plane made it into the top 14 just because it’s yellow.”

11. Bombardier Challenger 350 ‘The Cocaine Train’

Bombardier Challenger 300

“If I’m spending my hard earned coke money on a plane from a company called Bombardier, I’d better be able to rain fiery death on my enemies… I can’t? Do you know how many Siberian tigers and pearl handled Lugers I could have bought with this money? “

10. Canadian Vickers Vedette 


“This looks like the trainers your mother buys you because ‘they’re just as good as Nikes’. No mum, as the other kids made painfully clear, they’re not.”

9. Canadian Vickers Vancouver


“We really scraped the bottom of the barrel looking for attractive Canadian planes, so we stuck some wings on the barrel and voila.”

8. Canadian Vickers Vista


“Endgame in the canoe arms race.”

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7. Vickers Velos ‘Flight of the Phoenix Cinema’ 



Isn’t this from that film where a ragtag bunch crash their plane in North London and Jimmy Stewart has to rebuild it out of bay windows and bike sheds?


6. Vickers Vanessa


“Ah Vanessa. If she just took off her big spectacles she’d be beautiful. Something, something, handling characteristics.”

5. de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter ‘Twotter’


Hey ding dong, just painting the word ‘Viking’ on the side of your business casual aircraft doesn’t make it cool. If you type ‘viking’ into Google the top result is an office supplies company. This is the aeronautical equivalent of a bunch of pens.

4. Fleet 50 Freighter ‘Catfish


“This is the plane version of the ‘Facebook angle’. If my experiences are anything to go by it has racist tattoos on its fuselage.”

3. Canadair CC-106 Yukon


“Oh hello, this is the Canadian Airforce. We’d like a plane please.”

“What kind of plane?”

“A fucking boring one.”

 2. Canadian Car and Foundry FDB 3


Famed chubby chaser and aircraft designer Arnie Hemplocke (far left) and his two fat muses, Sydney and Paul Fuccbois.

  1. Avro Canada C102 Jetliner

Avro Canada C-102 Jetliner

I commissioned this artist to do a dick pic for me, but even he couldn’t capture its graceful might and sleek power, so I donated it to the Louvre. It’s the big triptych in the ‘Viande Et Des Legumes a Deux’ wing.

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  8. rapidtransitman

    A bit harsh on Canadian Vickers aren’t you George? Brilliant commentary though. I’m a Canadian aviation fan and I’ve never even heard of some of these planes. But at least we have a Top 14 list, much more than the Belgians have.

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  15. laurentien

    The Yukon is the Canadair CL44 and has the advantage of being sleek and powered by turbo-props, unlike many US aircrafts which remained with pistons at that time. Perhaps, it came too late but still was nice looking. I was told by an Luxair engineer that thay made the error of making a cargo version with a tail that would swivel.

  16. Schrodingers Cat

    There are 5 Vickers seaplane son this list none of which I have ever heard of, and it seems that most had one prototype built
    Ditto for the Fleet 50 plane and the Car&Foundry plane..Car & Foundry’s specialty was buses and rail cars.. Try , Beaver’s , Otter,s , Cariboo,s , Buffalo’s , DASH planes , etc., Canadian aviation is into Bush planes, seaplanes ( bush planes with pontoons) , STOL’s,Regional Jets and Water bombers. Water Bombers are important.

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