02/28/2011. Built as a DHC-1B-2-S3, this aircraft was fully aerobatic and equipped for RCAF refresher training by Royal Canadian Flying Clubs. However, registered CF-CYI this aircraft was used for manufacturer's trials. It was taken on strength by the RCAF as a Chipmunk Mk.2 on February 24, 1951, with the change from RCAF to CAF this aircraft was redesignated
CT-120 Chipmunk Mk.2 and reserialed 12010 on June 2, 1970. It crashed on April 21, 1971, while with No. 448 Squadron at CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, and was struck off charge on January 27, 1972.
Apparently it was repaired as it appeared on the civil register in the USA as N180, later reregistered to N27FD (as it is of this day), although its original de Havilland Gipsy Major Mk.10 four-cylinder in-line engine has been replaced by a Lycoming O-540 six-cylinder horizontally-opposed engine. A number of Chipmunks have been re-engined with horizontally-opposed cylinder engine, these are sometimes referred to as Cheekee Chipmunk.
Pictured in front of the aircraft is Ormond Haydon-Bailie.