Aircraft

From Royal Canadian Air Force

Learn about the different types of aircraft flown by Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) members during training, demonstrations and operations. Find a technical overview of each aircraft’s design and weapons.

Fighters

CF-188 Hornet

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

Search and rescue

CC-115 Buffalo

Flies in almost any weather and can take off and land on rugged terrain.

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-138 Twin Otter

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This short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft can land on water, land, snow and ice.

Transport

CC-115 Buffalo

Flies in almost any weather and can take off and land on rugged terrain.

CC-144 Challenger

For VIP transport and medical evacuation, has also 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-130 Hercules

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

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.

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.

Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance

CP-140 Aurora

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

CH-148 Cyclone

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

CH-124 Sea King

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Designed for anti-submarine warfare, it is used for SAR, disaster relief, drug interdiction and fisheries and pollution patrols.

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.

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