CC-115 Buffalo

CC-115

Overview

Overview

One of Canada’s primary search and rescue (SAR) aircrafts, the CC-115 Buffalo will fly in almost any weather. The agile Buffalo can take off and land on even the most rugged terrain and in areas as short as a soccer field.

The CC-130 Hercules now performs many of Eastern Canada’s SAR operations, but the short take-off and landing (STOL) capabilities of the CC-115 have kept it in use in the Rocky and Coastal Mountain ranges. At 24 m long, the Buffalo is small enough to service the rough and mountainous terrain on Canada’s West Coast.

All six Canadian Forces CC-115s are employed by 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron out of Comox, BC. The squadron is responsible for a SAR zone stretching from the BC–Washington border to the Arctic, and from the Rocky Mountains to 1,200 km out over the Pacific Ocean. With a maximum load of 2,727 kg—or 41 fully equipped soldiers—the Buffalo has an operational range of 2,240 km.

Technical Specifications

Technical Specifications

Length

24 m

Wingspan

29.25 m

Height

8.53 m

Weight

2,0454 kg

Power

Two 3,060 hp General Electric CT64-820-3 turbine engines

Speed

416 km/h

Range

22,40 km

Equipment

rear-loading door, adjustable ramp

Load

 2,727 kg capable of carrying vehicles and machinery or 41 fully equipped soldiers

Crew

6 (SAR) or 4 (Transport)

Year(s) procured

1967

Quantity in CF

6

Location(s)

19 Wing Comox, BC

 

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