The new aircraft, once procured, will replace the Royal Canadian Air Force's aging CC-115 Buffalo and some older model C-130 Hercules aircraft that are mostly tasked with SAR.
At the 2004 Nova Scotia International Airshow, a number of the aircraft in question flew demonstrations for the crowd. Both of the types of aircraft to be replaced were represented:
|CC-115 Buffalo SAR aircraft.|
In addition, two of the contenders were also present:
|Airbus C-295 just after takeoff.|
|Alenia-Aermacchi C-27J Spartan.|
|Alenia-Aermacchi C-27J impressing the crowd with a barrel roll.|
Also at the same airshow was a demonstration of another aircraft, this time a helicopter, that was being considered for procurement by the RCAF (in fact, it may have already been selected at the time of the airshow - I don't remember).
|An airshow demo of the proposed CH-148 Cyclone.|
|Interim CH-148 Cyclone helicopter taking off from HMCS HALIFAX.|
|Interim CH-148 Cyclone.|