A Visual Guide
Canadian Forces – Transport
Aircraft – A Visual Guide|
The Lockheed Hercules has been the Canadian tactical transport for forty years. All
CC-130E models are elderly and to be replaced through the Airlift Capability Project, Tactical (almost certainly by the new C-130J Hercules). Older CC-130H models will also be replaced but some newer 'H models
– the CC-130H(T) tankers and stretched CC-130H-30s will remain in service.
Model: Lockheed Models
L-382 / L-382B, Dimensions: span 40.41m, length 29.79m, Powerplant(s): 4 x Allison 501-D22
(T56-A-7B) / Allison (RR) 501-D22A (T56-A-15).
The Challenger biz-jets are employed on medical evacu- ation, utility, and VIP trans- port
duties. In the past, the CC-144s have been operated as maritime patrol aircraft and electronic warfare
trainers. Three models of Challenger have seen CF service: the CL-600, CL-601, and CL-604. Six
Challengers – 1 x CL-600S, 3 x CL-601s, and 2 x CL-604s – remain in service; four as VIP, two as
Model: Canadair CL-600-2A12 (CC-144B) / CL-600-2B16 (CC-144C), Dimensions: span
18.84m, length 20.85m, Powerplant(s): 2 x General Electric CF34-1A / GE CF34-3B.
The five CC-150 Polaris are Airbus A310 passenger and freight carriers. The CF has, in the past,
referred to these aircraft as strategic airlifters but the CC-150 Polaris have no rough
field capability, nor do they carry countermeasures. This restricts their use. Two of the Polaris
have been modified to act as inflight refuelling aircraft (MRTTs).
Model: Airbus A310-304F (MRTT
conversions don't seem to affect model numbers), Dimensions: span 43.9m, length 46.66m, Powerplant(s): 2 x
General Electric CF6-80C2.
CC-177 Globemaster *
The first of four Boeing C-17 strategic airlifters – 177701 – entered Canadian service in August 2007,
the remaining three CF CC-177s all arrived slightly behind schedule – on 18 Oct 2007, 08 May
2008, and May 2008 respectively.
* The CC-177 designation was officially confirmed on 10 Aug 2007. The
USAF name – Globemaster III – will also apparently be applied to the four Canadian aircraft.
Oddly, Air Force and DND media statements continue to refer to these aircraft as "C-17s". 
Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) C-17A, Dimensions: span 51.75m, length 53m, Powerplant(s): 4
x Pratt & Whitney PW2040 ( USAF designation is
 Note: a distinction must be made here between designations and model numbers. DND applies both an
official Canadian aircraft designation and a DND model number. The latter can be different from the
manufacturer's model number. Where US military aircraft are involved, DND invariably applies the US
designation as its model number while Transport Canada will use the maker's model number for certification