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Old Sweat said:Trudeau's plan was to withdraw our NATO forces from Europe. That this foundered on the rocks of realpolitik should not disguise the point that in the early seventies in Ottawa there was talk of going back to pre-
Korean WarNATO numbers. He may not have decided to re-role the CF 104s, but he was not likely to agree to purchase more suitable aircraft for a role that was planned to disappear.
If I recall the starfighter was the fastest lowflying aircraft in the world at the time. Although the bomb load was small. Might have been a hard target to hit, but likely dead if it was.