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 Griffon Sabre Toothed Tigers

The RCAF has a name to uphold when it comes to paintschemes on its CF-18s. In 2017 Canada's 150th anniversary was celebrated with these impressive colours.

Rob Sowald

CFB Borden, Ont. (CYBN)
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
1 Wing

400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron CH-146 Griffon City of Toronto

CH-146 Griffons do not come in many different colours. One of the few exceptions is this 439 squadron operated example, with distinctive tiger pattern.

Wim Sonneveld

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 Griffon City of Windsor
Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment

CT-114 Tutor
CH-146 Griffon
CF-188
CF-188B
Experto Crede
AETE will move to Ottawa in 2026 and merge with the civil NRC.

The CF-18 is the single fighter type in use with the RCAF. This example wears retro WW II colours.

Rob Sowald

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 Long-Range Patrol Squadron CP-140 Aurora
P-8A Poseidon (on order)
Demon


418 Search and Rescue Operational Training Squadron CC-295 Kingfisher Piyautailili


442 Search and Rescue Squadron CC-130H Hercules (on loan)
CH-149 Cormorant
CC-295 Kingfisher (on order)
Un Dieu, Une Reine, Un Coeur
Comox also frequently houses a detachment of 409sq with CF-188s. 418 squadron will induct the CC-295 into RCAF service.
MQ-9B SkyGuardians will be based at Comox from 2028.

The new kid on the block, the Airbus CC-295 Kingfisher is the new Fixed Wing SAR aircraft. The first four are seen here whilst still in Spain.

Airbus

CFB Gagetown, N.B. (CYCX)
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
1 Wing

403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron CH-146 Griffon 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 Griffon Cobra
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 Long-Range Patrol and Training Squadron CP-140 Aurora
P-8A Poseidon (on order)
Buffalo


405 Long-Range Patrol Squadron CP-140 Aurora
P-8A Poseidon (on order)
Eagle


413 Transport and Rescue Squadron CC-130H Hercules
CH-149 Cormorant
CC-295 Kingfisher (on order)
Tusker


415 Long-Range Patrol Force Development Squadron CP-140 Aurora
P-8A Poseidon (on order)
Swordfish
The CC-130H will be replaced by the CC-295 for SAR duties; MQ-9B SkyGuardians will be based at Greenwoord from 2028.

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.

Felix Martina

Squadrons on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts operate the Canadian version of the EH101 helicopter, dubbed CH-149 Cormorant in Canadian service.

Wim Sonneveld

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 Tutor Snowbirds


2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School CT-156 Harvard II 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 T-6A Texan II is designated CT-156 Harvard II in RCAF service.

Rob Sowald

The Tutor is one of the longest serving aircraft in the RCAF, seen here are the Snowbirds.

Rob Sowald

CFB Petawawa, Ont. (CYWA)

RWY 16-34     POS 45°57'08"N 077°19'09"W     ELEV 427 ft

Command Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Name Badge
CANSOFCOM

427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron CH-146 Griffon Lion
1 Wing

450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron CH-147F Chinook By Air To Battle
Technically, CANSOFCOM is no part of the RCAF.

This CH-146 Griffon is assigned to 427sq, the RCAF special operations squadron at Petawawa.

Wim Sonneveld

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 Operational Training Squadron CH-148 Cyclone City of Saskatoon


423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron CH-148 Cyclone Eagle
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-130J Hercules
CH-146 Griffon
CC-295 Kingfisher (on order)
City of Hamilton


426 Transport Training Squadron CC-130J Hercules
Thunderbird


429 Transport Squadron CC-177 Globemaster Bison


436 Transport Squadron CC-130J Hercules
Elephant


437 Transport Squadron CC-150 Polaris
CC-330 Husky
Husky


Aerospace & Telecommunications Engineering Support Squadron Maintenance and storage of various types
RCAF Aerospace Warfare Centre

434 Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron Parent unit of various test flights In Excelsis Vincimus
CANSOFCOM

427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron CE-145C Vigilance Lion
The CC-130Js of 424sq will be replaced by the CC-295 Kingfisher.
Technically, CANSOFCOM is no part of the RCAF.

Before shortly, the largest aircraft in use with the RCAF was the CC-150 Polaris, which is based on the Airbus A310. 15002 is seen here taking off in the Caribbean.

Felix Martina

Canada's strategic work horse is the CC-177 Globemaster, five of which serve with 429sqn at Trenton and can be encountered all over the planet.

Rob Sowald

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 Griffon 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 Dash 8 Nav Trainer City of Winnipeg
19 Wing

435 Transport and Rescue Squadron CC-130H Hercules
CC-295 Kingfisher (on order)
Chinthe
The CC-130H will be replaced by the CC-295 for SAR duties.

Canada is one of the largest users of the Lockheed Hercules in the world. This particular example is a CC-130J Hercules.

Felix Martina

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 Griffon Goose
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 Cormorant 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 Griffon City of Montreal
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
8 Wing

412 Transport Squadron CC-144C Challenger 604
CC-144D Challenger 650
Falcon
RCAF Aerospace Warfare Centre

414 Electronic Warfare Support Squadron CATS by Top Aces
A-4N (future)
Alpha Jet
Learjet 35A
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 Jetranger
CH-146 Griffon
Grob G120A (leased)
Beech C90B (leased)
3CFFTS is part of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) programma ran by KF Aerospace.
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 Cyclone Hornet
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 Twin Otter Vampire

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