Monday, 8 August 2016

RCAF CH-148 Cyclone

During my ferry crossing this afternoon, one of the new Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclones made a flypast of the waterfront. 

Ordered in 2004 to replace the CH-124 Sea King, with an expected in-service date of 2008, only some interim CH-148 models are currently flying in 2016 and Sea Kings still make up the backbone of the RCAF's maritime helicopter fleet. I'm not sure how many have actually been delivered to date. It has been some months since I last saw a Cyclone in the air, and I do not believe any of the new helicopters have deployed with an RCN ship in an operational capacity yet.

Hopefully the replacement program can be successfully completed at some point in the near future.

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