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The land-based Tracker waterbombers were  surplus ant-submarine aircraft off of the scrapped aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure.  They were converted by the Air Branch, in conjunction with Field Aviation Limited, at the Sault Ste. Marie hangar to include a state-of-the-art waterbombing, chemical retardent tank and release system and each aircraft could deliver 800 gallons of water or fire retardant.

7 aircraft in Air Branch service...

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CF-OPZ 1970 1980 original conversion, #59, sold to Conair
CF-OPX 1972 1980 #57, sold to Conair
CF-OPT 1972 1980 #53, sold to Conair
CF-OPW 1972 1980 #56, sold to Conair
CF-OPY 1972 1980 #58, sold to Conair
CF-OPV 1972 1980 #55, sold to Conair
CF-OPU 1972 1980 #54, sold to Conair
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