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Mystery Air Canada CRJ100

Posted by Homer on 01 June 2016 - 15:15:27
102 posts, 48 aircraft seen at 15 airports. Local Airport: YCM

In 1996 Air Canada painted at least one of its Bombardier CRJ100s with a special livery promoting the Atlanta Olympics. The fuselage was decorated with a picture of an athlete (hurdler) and the slogan "Go Canada Go" on one side and "On Y Va Canada" on the other. This was seen on C-FWRR, which is on this database.

However... I have a photo, clipped from a magazine, showing the same livery on "C-FMLO", which is not to be found on a CRJ100 on any database anywhere! According to RegoSearch, C-FMLO is currently the reg. no. of an American Aviation AA-5A (msn 0472) owned by an individual in Fredericton, New Brunswick, first used in 2002.

But the mystery deepens. The photo of the AC plane -- in flight, so no background to study -- shows a fin number "101", which is currently the fin number of AC CRJ100 C-FWJF! That plane was apparently delivered in December 1995, so could be the same plane, but how to explain "C-FMLO". It's possible the photo may have been photo-shopped, but why? Can anyone shed some light on this?


Data Editor Posted by DT on 02 June 2016 - 05:21:07
2085 posts, 27173 aircraft seen at 141 airports. Local Airport: DUS

Hi Homer,

the aircraft in question is Air Canada´s first CRJ-100. It was later regd C-FRIA with fleet number 101. It had an earlier test reg of C-FMLQ and is construction number 7045.

It can be found here: https://www.planelogger.com/Aircraft/Registration/C-FRIA/549724

As we do not record manufacturer test regs, you do not find C-FMLQ in the database.



Posted by Homer on 03 June 2016 - 15:19:05
102 posts, 48 aircraft seen at 15 airports. Local Airport: YCM

Thanks Dennis! Homer

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