That was “How It All Began”, when in 1967, RMAF received its first combat aircraft – putting real ‘tentera’ into TUDM.
The 20 machines were Canadair CL-41G Tutors – basic jet trainers that could double up as light ground attack fighter-bombers. TUDM called them ‘Tebuan’ (meaning ‘Wasp’). These remained in service until 1985. They probably stung the CPM out of existence.
I remember seeing some of them flying over my old kampong house in Butterworth – sometimes low enough to make out the two airmen seated side-by-side in the cockpit.
However, it was only in 2013 when I finally got to see a specimen really up close. That was during a visit to the Muzium TUDM in Sungai Besi. Oh, by the way, there is another exhibit at the Muzium Tentera Darat at Port Dickson.