440 Transport Squadron

Squadron Badge

Significance: The bat is suggestive of night flying and the use of radar, and the clouds conditions of poor visibility, both of which were especially applicable to the squadron’s role when reformed as an all-weather fighter squadron in the 1950s.

The mission of 440 "Vampire" Transport Squadron is to conduct operations in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

440 Squadron's tasks include airlift, utility and liaison flights in support of Canadian Forces Northern Area, the Canadian Rangers, other Canadian Forces activities and the Cadets in the North. Like all Air Force flying squadrons, 440 Squadron can conduct search and rescue missions as a secondary search and rescue resource, but has no dedicated search and rescue capability.

440 Squadron operates four of the famous Canadian-designed and -produced CC-138 Twin Otters to carry out its wide range of tasks. The Squadron operates these rugged aircraft in some of the harshest weather conditions on the planet and is the only formed Canadian Forces unit that is based full-time in the North.

The Squadron is comprised of approximately 55 aircrew and technicians who are a mixture of Regular Force and Reserve Force members.

In addition to conventional airport operations, the Squadron maintains the capability to conduct "off-airport" operations on skis in the winter and on tundra tires in the summer.


KA GANAWAITAK SAGUENAY (He who protects the Saguenay)


The complete squadron history can be found on the Department of National Defence's Directorate of History and Heritage webpage.

Our Contact Details

440 Transport Squadron Yellowknife
PO Box 6666
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2R3