CFB Trenton Flight Line Photos

CFB Trenton-8 Wing Mission

“To provide responsive and flexible Air Mobility, Search & Rescue and globally deployable combat capable Expeditionary Forces serving Canada’s interests.”

RCAF airframes and great cars helped raise money for charity at the 8 Wing CFB Trenton Car and Bike show Saturday October 3, 2015.

8-wing Flight Line Photo 8-wing

“Per Ardua ad Rem,” or “Through Adversity to the Good”

Initially what was billed as a “Once in a Lifetime Opportunity” was so successful that Colonel Colin Keiver, MSM, CD Wing Commander, CFB Trenton, gave his assurances that Car and Bike Show and photo op would now become an annual event at the base.

“We are very pleased with the turn-out,” said Colonel Keiver. “They were lined up at the gate by 9:00 am. and we have had over fifty (50) cars photographed.”

Event co-coordinator, Captain Jay Leslie, pilot instructor CFB Trenton has had a passion for cars for most of his life. Leslie had heard that CFB Cold Lake, Alberta had done a similar event. He presented the idea to Colonel Keiver who quickly approved. Each car that was photographed paid a minimum $40.00 contribution to the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC). GCWCC is a charity option offered exclusively to Government of Canada employees and retirees and they can can support United Ways/Centraides, HealthPartners or any other registered Canadian charity of their choosing.  Each car owner will receive their photos either by email or on a CD.

Corporal Dan Strohan (Imaging Technician), Master Corporal Alex Vujic (Aircraft Techinician), and Master Corporal Ron Miscich (Hercules J-Model Instuctor)
Corporal Dan Strohan (Imaging Technician), Master Corporal Alex Vujic (Aircraft Techinician), and Master Corporal Ron Miscich (Hercules J-Model Instuctor) with a CC130J Hercules.

RCAF Station Trenton was officially opened in August 1931. The Governor General, Lord Bessborough laid the commemorative cornerstone of the airbase, which had the motto, “Per Ardua ad Rem,” or “Through Adversity to the Good” and has become the unspoken motto of the airmen of CFB Trenton. Located midpoint between Ottawa and Toronto the possibility of use of the facility for seaplanes operating on Lake Ontario was a consideration at the time. On Februarey 1, 1968 RCAF Station Trenton was renamed Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton when the RCAF was merged with the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Army to form the Canadian Forces.

The majority of its fixed-wing tactical airlift and all of its strategic airlift aircraft are operated from CFB Trenton. CFB Trenton plays a key support role for the National Search and Rescue Program, being home to Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton (JRCC Trenton) which is jointly staffed by the RCAF and Canadian Coast Guard personnel who have responsibility for coordinating aircraft and marine rescue incidents in central and Arctic Canada. The RCAF also operates the Canadian Mission Control Centre (CMCC) from the base, which is tasked with monitoring the Cospas-Sarsatsystem that detects transmissions from emergency locating beacons on aircraft or marine vessels in distress through Canada’s search and rescue area of responsibility.

Several aircraft types, including CC-130 Hercules, CC-150 Polaris and CC-177 Globemaster III transport aircraft, the CH-146 Griffon search and rescue helicopters, and the CC-144 Challenger VIP transport aircraft are operated by 8 Wing.

The three airframes involved were a CC-130H Legacy Hercules, a CC-130J Hercules and a CC-177 Globemaster III.

CC-130H Legacy Hercules

Data from USAF C-130 Hercules fact sheet, International Directory of Military Aircraft, Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft, Encyclopedia of Modern Military Aircraft.

General characteristics

Crew: five (two pilots, navigator, flight engineer and loadmaster)


C-130E/H/J cargo hold: length, 40 feet (12.19 m); width, 119 inches (3.02 m); height, 9 feet (2.74 m). Rear ramp: length, 123 inches (3.12 m); width, 119 inches (3.02 m)

C-130J-30 cargo hold: length, 55 feet (16.76 m); width, 119 inches (3.02 m); height, 9 feet (2.74 m). Rear ramp: length, 123 inches (3.12 m); width, 119 inches (3.02 m)

92 passengers or

64 airborne troops or

74 litter patients with 5 medical crew or

6 pallets or

2–3 Humvees or

2 M113 armored personnel carriers

Payload: 45,000 lb (20,400 kg)

Length: 97 ft 9 in (29.8 m)

Wingspan: 132 ft 7 in (40.4 m)

Height: 38 ft 3 in (11.6 m)

Wing area: 1,745 ft² (162.1 m²)

Empty weight: 75,800 lb (34,400 kg)

Useful load: 72,000 lb (33,000 kg)

Max. takeoff weight: 155,000 lb (70,300 kg)

Powerplant: 4 × Allison T56-A-15 turboprops, 4,590 shp (3,430 kW) each

Propellers: 4 propellers

Propeller diameter: 13.5 ft (4.1 m)


Maximum speed: 320 knots (366 mph, 592 km/h) at 20,000 ft (6,060 m)

Cruise speed: 292 kts (336 mph, 540 km/h)

Range: 2,050 nmi (2,360 mi, 3,800 km)

Service ceiling: 33,000 ft (10,060 m) empty;[79] 23,000 ft (7,077 m) with 42,000 pounds (19,090 kilograms) payload ()

Rate of climb: 1,830 ft/min (9.3 m/s

Takeoff distance: 3,586 ft (1,093 m) at 155,000 lb (70,300 kg) max gross weight;[78] 1,400 ft (427 m) at 80,000 lb (36,300 kg) gross weight.

CC-130J Hercules

Specifications are for basic J-model; data for C-130J-30 noted.

Data from USAF C-130 Hercules fact sheet, International Directory of Military Aircraft, Encyclopedia of Modern Military Aircraft

General characteristics

Crew: 3 (two pilots, and one loadmaster are minimum crew)


92 passengers (128 for C-130J-30) or

64 airborne troops (92 for C-130J-30) or

6 pallets (8 pallets for C-130J-30) or

74 litter patients with 2 medical personnel (97 litters for C-130J-30)

2–3 Humvees, or 1 LAV III (with turret removed) or an M113 armored personnel carrier

Payload: 42,000 lb (19,050 kg) ; for C-130J-30: 44,000 lb/ 19,958 kg

Length: 97 ft 9 in, 29.79 m (for C-130J-30: 112 ft, 9 in, 34.36 m)

Wingspan: 132 ft 7 in (40.41 m)

Height: 38 ft 10 in (11.84 m)

Wing area: 1,745 ft² (162.1 m²)

Empty weight: 75,562 lb (34,274 kg)

Useful load: 72,000 lb (33,000 kg)

Max. takeoff weight: up to 175,000 lb (79,378 kg); normal 155,000 lb (70,305 kg)

Powerplant: 4 × Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprop, 4,637 shp (3,458 kW) each

Propellers: Dowty R391 6-blade composite propeller, 1 per engine


Maximum speed: 362 knots (417 mph, 671 km/h)

Cruise speed: 348 knots (400 mph, 643 km/h)

Range: 2,835 nmi (3,262 mi, 5,250 km)

Service ceiling: 28,000 ft (8,615 m) with 42,000 pounds (19,090 kilograms) payload

Absolute altitude 40,386 ft (12,310 m)[102]

Takeoff distance: 3,127 ft (953 m) at 155,000 lb (70,300 kg) gross weight.

CC-177 Globemaster III

Data from U.S. Air Force fact sheet, Boeing.

General characteristics

Crew: 3: 2 pilots, 1 loadmaster (five additional personnel required for aeromedical evacuation)


102 paratroopers or

134 troops with palletized and sidewall seats or

54 troops with sidewall seats (allows 13 cargo pallets) only or

36 litter and 54 ambulatory patients and medical attendants or

Cargo, such as an M1 Abrams tank, three Strykers, or six M1117 Armored Security Vehicles

Payload: 170,900 lb (77,519 kg) of cargo distributed at max over 18 463L master pallets or a mix of palletized cargo and vehicles

Length: 174 ft (53 m)

Wingspan: 169.8 ft (51.75 m)

Height: 55.1 ft (16.8 m)

Wing area: 3,800 ft² (353 m²)

Empty weight: 282,500 lb (128,100 kg)

Max. takeoff weight: 585,000 lb (265,350 kg)

Powerplant: 4 × Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofans, 40,440 lbf (180 kN) each

Fuel capacity: 35,546 U.S. gal (134,556 L)


Cruise speed: Mach 0.74 (450 knots, 515 mph, 830 km/h)

Range: 2,420 nmi[189] (2,785 mi, 4,482 km) ; 5,610 nmi (10,390 km) with paratroopers

Service ceiling: 45,000 ft (13,716 m)

Max. wing loading: 150 lb/ft² (750 kg/m²)

Minimum thrust/weight: 0.277

Takeoff run at MTOW: 7,600 ft (2,316 m)[189]

Landing distance: 3,500 ft (1,060 m)

photos and story by bill samuel