Aircraft

From Royal Canadian Air Force

The Royal Canadian Air Force flies a large inventory of aircraft, many of which are new or completely modernized. These range from huge transport aircraft to helicopters to fighters to patrol aircraft and more. They are used to carry out a multitude of roles at home and abroad, in peace and in conflict, all in support of the RCAF’s mission of providing relevant, responsive and effective air power to meet the defence challenges of today and into the future.

Aircraft categories

Air demonstration

CF-188 Hornet

Used for air defence, air superiority, tactical support, training, aerobatics and aerospace testing.

CT-114 Tutor

Originally procured to train student pilots, the CT-114 Tutor is now flown by the Snowbirds demonstration team.

Fighters

CF-188 Hornet

Used for air defence, air superiority, tactical support, training, aerobatics and aerospace testing.

Maritime aviation

CH-148 Cyclone

Will be used for surveillance and SAR missions. It will become Canada’s main ship-borne maritime helicopter.

CP-140 Aurora

Performs surveillance, anti-surface warfare, maritime and overland intelligence, strike coordination, and SAR missions.

Search and rescue

CH-149 Cormorant

The RCAF's only dedicated SAR helicopter can operate in the most severe conditions.

CH-146 Griffon

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Transports troops and materiel, also used for surveillance and casualty evacuation.

CC-130 Hercules

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Used for troop transport, tactical airlift, air-to-air refueling, and aircrew training.

CC-295 Kingfisher

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Conducts search and rescue missions in all weather conditions, including reduced visibility, at long reach.

Tactical aviation

CH-147F Chinook

This workhorse is mainly used to transport equipment and personnel during domestic or deployed missions.

CH-146 Griffon

Transports troops and materiel, also used for surveillance and casualty evacuation.

Trainer

CT-142 Dash-8

This twin turboprop aircraft is used to teach students aerial navigation and tactics.

CT-156 Harvard II

The Harvard II is ideally suited to help new pilots move from basic flight training to high-performance jet training.

CT-155 Hawk

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Can perform a wide range of high performance training missions.

CH-139 Jet Ranger

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This single engine trainer is currently used to help the Air Force’s helicopter trainees earn their wings.

CT-114 Tutor

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Originally procured to train student pilots, the CT-114 Tutor is now flown by the Snowbirds demonstration team.

Bell 412CF

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Provides the second level of helicopter training to trainees earning their wings.

C-90B King Air

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The C-90B King Air is used to train pilots on multi-engine aircrafts.

CH-139 Jet Ranger

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This single engine trainer is currently used to help the Air Force’s helicopter trainees earn their wings.

Grob-G120A

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This single-engine plane is the primary aircraft used for pilot training in the RCAF.

Transport

CC-144 Challenger

For VIP transport and medical evacuation, has supported humanitarian and diplomatic efforts.

CC-177 Globemaster III

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Provides rapid delivery of troops, cargo and oversized combat equipment anywhere in the world.

CC-130J Hercules

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Carries up to 92 combat troops, also used for tactical airlift (pallets and vehicles) and training.

CC-150 Polaris

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Used for passenger, freight or medical transport and air-to-air refueling.

CC-138 Twin Otter

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This STOL aircraft can land on water, land, snow and ice.

BE-350 King Air

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Provides flexible transport services for RCAF personnel and light cargo.

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