Canadair CL-41 Tutor

1960

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Canadair CL-41 Tutor

Jet trainer with side-by-side seating. The first prototype flew on January 13, 1960. 190 aircraft were built for Canadian air forces and 20 CL-41G for Malaysia. There was also CL-41R modification with "Starfighter"-like nose (see outline drawing).

Canadair CL-41 Tutor

Specification 
 MODELCL-41G "Tebuan"
 CREW2
 ENGINE1 x General Electric J85-J4 turbo-jet, 13.1kN
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight5120 kg11288 lb
  Empty weight2402 kg5296 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan11.13 m37 ft 6 in
  Length9.75 m32 ft 0 in
  Height2.76 m9 ft 1 in
  Wing area20.44 m2220.01 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed772 km/h480 mph
  Ceiling12860 m42200 ft
  Range2157 km1340 miles
 ARMAMENT1814kg of weapons

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Canadair CL-41 TutorA three-view drawing (592 x 852)

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Jules Mitchell, e-mail, 17.03.2021 00:39

I was a crew chief on the Tutor Avionics Upgrade Program carried out by CAE Aviation at Edmonton downtown airport (since decommissioned).
It was cramped and fiddly to work on compared to other types we serviced (mainly C-130) but it was kinda fun while it lasted. We also did the Snowbird conversions (add smoke etc and right seat operability to allow it to be flown from either side). We converted 50 frames to AUP standard, and some are still going strong as far as I'm aware.

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Jack Spink, e-mail, 03.03.2021 07:04

I find the comments about the "R" model quite interesting. There is the front half of one of them in storage at the Reynolds Alberta Museum, located in Wetaskiwin, AB. I took a couple of pictures of it and will try to upload them here if possible. If I can't, then if someone knows how to, pls email me and I'll send them to you for upload. The plane, I was told, is prototype #2 of the Tutors and indeed was used to test the RADAR for the CF-104. Sadly the nosecone is gone, but you can see where it was attached. NOPE looks like I can't attach a photo here, so if someone can email, etc.

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John Doerksen, e-mail, 16.12.2015 02:46

I worked on the Tutor and the GE J-85-can40 in Moose Jaw from 1967 to 1975 as an Aero Engine Tech. It was a wonderful aircraft to work on as well as to fly in. The J-85 had at least one weakness that resulted in a number of crashes and several pilots killed. The two fuel-operated air bleed valves used a complicated cam slot and roller assembly that had a nasty habit of sticking resulting in engine flame out during slam acceleration. When I was with the Snowbird maintenance team (1973) we replaced those valves more frequently, but that was time consuming because the engine had to be removed to carry out the procedure.

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Refugee, e-mail, 26.10.2014 04:46

@tu trong: With respect, you say Canada wouldn't supply the US with the Tutor in order to maintain neutrality but didn't we supply huge numbers of DHCanada Buffalos and Bisons to them during the Vietnam War?

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tu trong, e-mail, 26.02.2014 00:10

The Tutor was once considered by the USAF as a COIN attack aircraft for Vietnam but the Canadian refused to sell them (Canada would retain their Neutrality status). Canadair even tested a COIN version of the Tutor with underwing stations for bombs, etc. So the American had to make do with their Cessna AT-37A and B Dragonflies. Later the Malysian Tutor developped severe fuel tank leak and they were phased out of use in Malaysia. The only country still use the Tutor nowaday is, of course, Canada , for their Snowbird demonstration team. I saw one Tutor back in the 1990's at Point Mugu Air Show in California in polished metal finishing and red trim of the Canadian Air Force.

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Bob McIntyre, e-mail, 31.01.2014 15:03

I see in your comments, you have one from Pete Torunski. He is an old friend who I somehow lost track of. Do you still have his e-mail, and if so could you put us in contact with each other. Thanks

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paul landers, e-mail, 04.08.2012 16:50

I instructed in the Tutor as a USAF exchange pilot at 2FTS, '68-'70. Loved the aircraft; it was much more capable than our T-37.

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D. Howerton, e-mail, 11.03.2012 20:08

The CL-41 still is a great looking jet trainer although I prefer the T-37 Tweet's cruciform horizonal stabilizer. While the J85 turbojet engine was a great choice for power, replacing it with a GE CF700 turbofan, a J85 derivative, would have given the CL-41 more thrust and much better fuel efficiency with only a modest weight increase. That combination of airframe and power plant would have produced a much better primary flight trainer than the Texan II which, in my humble T-37 IP /FE opinion, is a sorry looking excuse for an airplane. Keep'em flying Snowbirds.

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Soren Nielsen, e-mail, 13.12.2011 00:15

I flew the Tutor at Gimli in 1965, but I have never seen a picture of a Tutor with the blue diamond and the golden G
on the tail as Gimli Tutors had.

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dafag, 21.06.2011 06:19

Nice little aircraft though it is, it's disgraceful that the Snowbirds haven't replaced it in all this time.

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Jerry Rayn, e-mail, 24.03.2011 01:36

I first flew the Tutor in September of 1964. It was an excellent trainer. It's to bad that they hadn't put fuel in the wings instaed of just one fuselage tank, and later jugs. I flew nearly every Tutor in the RCAF /Caf inventory.

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Pete Torunski, 14.11.2010 05:19

Re Vyacheslav, 04.01.2008. One difference that I can recall with the Maylasian aircraft - they had wider tires to enable them to operate from sod airfields.

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Chris, e-mail, 15.06.2010 03:59

I feel so inadequate coming to a site like this to say "oh, yeah, i like that plane" when some of you guys just come out and say "I first soloed the Tutor in October 1966 -it was my first jet -and ....."

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Jock Williams, e-mail, 25.05.2008 03:42

I first soloed the Tutor in October 1966 -it was my first jet -and I was delighted to find that it was easier to fly than a Cessna 150 -and sure as hell outperformed it!
It was inspiring for a fledgling Canadian Air Force Pilot (actually then we were still the Royal Canadian Air Force) -to solo after about 10 hrs of training a plane that would outperform most of the fighters of WW2.

The Tutor was a joy to fly! We could do a lot worse than to put them back into production! The "Snowbirds" still fly them -magnificently!!

Jock

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zulnordin malaysia, 22.01.2008 05:52

primarily as an attack aircraft. air to ground to support ground forces. to answer vyacheslav. first fighter for the royal malaysian airforce in late sixties. till this day i still adore this fighter jet.

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Vyacheslav, 04.01.2008 23:26

Who has the information as this plane was applied in aircraft for Malaysia only as the trainer or just as ATTACK PLANE?

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Scott Black, e-mail, 11.08.2007 01:29

Reagh would know - he is very knowledgable about Canadian aircraft, having been a janitor up at cold like for some 15 years!

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Reagh Sherwood, e-mail, 29.04.2007 21:55

I believe the primary purpose of the Starfighter mod was to allow the pilots to work the radar in a more forgiving environment. I don't believe the mod entered service as the Air Force opted for the radar in a DC-3 as a more cost effective solution. One of the resulting Pinnochio aircraft still serves as a gate guardian outside the mess hall in Cold Lake.

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Jack Spink, e-mail, 03.03.2021 Reagh Sherwood

I got to fly in the DC-3 called: Pinnochio back in the'70s we flew from CFBN Penhold to CFB Coldlake and back again. Is there any idea how many of them may have been outfitted with the special nosecone?? Thank you

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Gerry Jarvis, e-mail, 17.12.2006 05:13

Good job digging up the modified "Starfighter" nose... I haven't come across that before. Of questionable value, when you think of all the differences a pilot is going to have to come to grips with in converting between the two types anyway, but at least someone's heart was in the right place. Nice little aircraft though it is, it's disgraceful that the Snowbirds haven't replaced it in all this time.

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