Armed Forces Overviews
Canada - Air Force
Canada - Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
CFB Bagotville, Que. (CYBG)
Rwy: 11-29 18-36
Pos: 48°19'50"N 070°59'47"W
Elev: 522 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
3 Wing

425 Tactical Fighter Squadron CF-188
CF-188B
Alouettes


433 Tactical Fighter Squadron CF-188
CF-188B
Porcupine


439 Combat Support Squadron CH-146 Sabre Toothed Tigers
The RCAF has a name to uphold when it comes to paint-schemes on its Hornets. The 2013 demo tour took this Hornet all the way to Colombia, where this picture was taken.
Photo: Wim Sonneveld
CFB Borden, Ont. (CYBN)
Pos: 44°16'20"N 079°54'42"W
Elev: 730 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
1 Wing

400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron CH-146 City of Toronto
CH-146 Griffons do not come in many different colours. One of the few exceptions is the AETE operated example, which is used for test purposes.
Photo: David Robins
CFB Cold Lake/Group Captain R.W. McNair, Alt. (CYOD)
Rwy: 04/22, 13R/31L, 13L/31R
Pos: 54°24'18"N 110°16'46"W
Elev: 1775 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
4 Wing

401 Tactical Fighter Squadron CF-188
CF-188B
City of Westmount


409 Tactical Fighter Squadron CF-188
CF-188B
Night Hawk


410 Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron CF-188
CF-188B
Cougar


417 Combat Support Squadron CH-146 City of Windsor


419 Tactical Fighter Training Squadron CT-155 City of Kamloops
Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment

CT-114
CH-146
CF-188
CF-188B
Experto Crede
AETE will move to Ottawa in 2021 and merge with the civil NRC.
The Tutor is one of the longest serving aircraft in the RCAF. Besides the Snowbirds, the CT-114 is still used by the AETE. A unique formation of three of its aircraft is taking-off from Cold Lake.
Photo: David Robins
CFB Comox, British Columbia (CYQQ)
Rwy: 11-29 18-36
Pos: 49°42'39"N 124°53'12"W
Elev: 84 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
19 Wing

407 Maritime Patrol Squadron CP-140 Demon


442 Search and Rescue Squadron CC-115
CH-149
Un Dieu, Une Reine, Un Coeur
Comox also houses a detachment of 409sq on a regular bases.
The CF-18 is the single fighter type in use with the RCAF. The type is often detached to Comox, BC for air policing duties.
Photo: Rob Sowald
CFB Gagetown, N.B. (CYCX)
Pos: 45°50'"N 066°26'05"W
Elev: 166 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
1 Wing

403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron CH-146 City of Calgary
CFB Goose Bay, Nfl. (CYYR)
Rwy: 08-26 16-34
Pos: 53°19'09"N 060°25'33"W
Elev: 160 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
5 Wing

444 Combat Support Squadron CH-146 Cobra
The CH-146 is the standard Canadian battlefield support helicopter. It is operated from a large number of bases in Canada.
Photo: David Robins
CFB Greenwood, N.S. (CYZX)
Rwy: 08-26 13-31
Pos: 44°59'04"N 064°55'01"W
Elev: 92 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
14 Wing

404 Maritime Patrol and Training Squadron CP-140 Buffalo


405 Maritime Patrol Squadron CP-140
Eagle


413 Transport and Rescue Squadron CC-130H
CH-149
Tusker


415 Long Range Patrol Force Development Squadron CP-140
Swordfish
CFB Greenwood in Nova Scotia is the main operating base for the Canadian CP-140 Aurora fleet. This Aurora however, was pictured during a counternarcotics deployment to the Dutch Caribbean.
Photo: Felix Martina
CFB Moose Jaw, Sas. (CYMJ)
Rwy: 11-29
Pos: 50°19'48"N 105°33'29"W
Elev: 1892 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
15 Wing

431 Air Demonstration Squadron CT-114 Snowbirds


2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School CT-155
CT-156
The Big 2
2CFFTS operates under the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC).
The NATO Flying Training in Canada program uses two military types to fulfill the training of new pilots. The Hawk Mk115 designated CT-155 in RCAF service.
Photo: David Robins
CFB Petawawa, Ont. (CYWA)
Rwy: 16-34
Pos: 45°57'08"N 077°19'09"W
Elev: 427 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
1 Wing

427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron CH-146 Lion


450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron CH-147F By Air To Battle
Mid-2013, the first CH-147F was delivered to Canada, for service with 450sq at Petawawa.
Photo: Boeing
CFB Shearwater, N.S. (CYAW)
Rwy: 10-28 16-34
Pos: 44°38'23"N 063°29'58"W
Elev: 167 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
12 Wing

406 Maritime Helicopter Operational Training Squadron CH-148 City of Saskatoon


423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron CH-148 Eagle


Helicopter Operational Test & Evaluation Facility CH-148 Superbium in Progressum
CFB Trenton, Ont. (CYTR)
Rwy: 06-24
Pos: 44°07'08"N 077°31'41"W
Elev: 283 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
8 Wing

424 Transport and Rescue Squadron CC-130H
CH-146
City of Hamilton


426 Transport Training Squadron CC-130H
CC-130J
Thunderbird


429 Transport Squadron CC-177 Bison


436 Transport Squadron CC-130J
Elephant


437 Transport Squadron CC-150 Husky


Multi-Engine Utility Flight Beech B200 (leased)


Aerospace & Telecommunications Engineering Support Squadron Maintenance and storage of various types
Before shortly, the largest aircraft in use with the RCAF was the CC-150 Polaris, which is based on the Airbus A310. Two have been equipped with AAR-pods, like this 15004.
Photo: David Robins
CFB Valcartier, Que. (CYOY)
Rwy: 04-22
Pos: 46°54'"N 071°30'"W
Elev: 550 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
1 Wing

430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron CH-146 City of Sudbury
CFB Winnipeg, Man. (CYWG)
Rwy: 18-36 13-31
Pos: 49°54'39"N 097°14'36"W
Elev: 783 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
17 Wing

402 Transport and Training Squadron CT-142 City of Winnipeg


435 Transport and Rescue Squadron CC-130H (tanker) Chinthe
Canada is one of the largest users of the Lockheed Hercules in the world. This particular example is a CC-130E optimized for Search and Rescue tasks and is operated by 424sq.
Photo: Rob Sowald
Edmonton Garrisson, Alberta (CYED)
Rwy: 03-21
Pos: 53°40'09"N 113°28'32"W
Elev: 2257 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
1 Wing

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron CH-146 Goose
This CH-146 Griffin is one of a few assigned to 417sq at Cold Lake for Search and Rescue tasks, as can be witnessed from its yellow outfit.
Photo: David Robins
Gander IAP, Nfl. (CYQX)
Rwy: 03/21, 13/31
Pos: 48°56'24"N 054°34'07"W
Elev: 496 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
9 Wing

103 Search and Rescue Squadron CH-149 Albert
Montreal - St.Hubert, Que. (CYHU)
Rwy: 06-24 18-36
Pos: 45°31'03"N 073°25'01"W
Elev: 90 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
1 Wing

438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron CH-146 City of Montreal
Former Luftwaffe Alpha Jets are operated by Top Aces Inc in support of the Canadian Forces. Nominally these aircraft are assigned to 414 (EW) sq, but they are mainly found at Bagotville and Cold Lake to act as adversaries.
Photo: David Robins
Ottawa - MacDonald Cartier IAP, Ont. (CYOW)
Rwy: 07-25 14-32
Pos: 45°19'21"N 075°40'09"W
Elev: 374 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
3 Wing

414 Electronic Warfare Squadron Alpha Jet A (leased)
IAI 1124 (leased)
Black Knight
8 Wing

412 Transport Squadron CC-144B
CC-144C
Falcon
The aircraft of 414sq are owned by Top Aces Inc.
Only 412sq is retaining six Challengers in the VIP and utility transport role, like this CC-144B, which received a very dark blue coat.
Photo: Unknown.
Portage la Prairie / Southport Aerospace Centre, Man. (CYPG)
Rwy: 13-31
Pos: 49°54'11"N 098°16'25"W
Elev: 885 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge


3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School CH-139
CH-146
Grob G120A
Beech C90B
3CFFTS is part of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) programma ran by Allied Wings, which also runs the 3CFFTS hence the civil registered T67s and C90s.
The Bell helicopters have been transferred from the CF.
The T-6A-1 Texan II is used by the NFTC operating from CFB Moose Jaw and designated CT-156 in Canadian service.
Photo: David Robins
Victoria IAP - Patricia Bay, B.C. (CYYJ)
Rwy: 02-20 09-27 13-31
Pos: 48°38'49"N 123°25'33"W
Elev: 63 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
12 Wing

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron CH-148 Hornet
The last CH-124 Sea Kings have been retired in December 2018.
Squadrons on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts operate the Canadian version of the EH101 helicopter, dubbed CH-149 Cormorant in Canadian service.
Photo: Rob Sowald
Yellowknife, NWT (CYZF)
Rwy: 15-33
Pos: 62°27'46"N 114°26'25"W
Elev: 675 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
17 Wing

440 Transport Squadron CC-138 Vampire
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