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Designer

Manufacturer

basic designation

variant or model

name

 

 

company designation

company number

 

 

 

 

115451

de Havilland Canada

 

CC-115

 

Buffalo

 

 

DHC-5A

5

 

 

 

 

 

Leased back to de Havilland Canada for trial on 15 July 1970, registered as CF-LAQ.  To Bell-Textron for air cushion trials on 15 November 1971 (back to CAF serial number?).  First flight in this configuration in August 1973, by 4950th Test Wing, USAF.  Carried US deisgnation XC-8A for these tests.  To Aerospace Engineering and Test Establishment, CFB Cold Lake, Alberta, in 1975.  Lease for this testing ended 30 April 1979.  Converted to SAR configuration by de Havilland Canada by 30 October 1979.  With No. 424 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Trenton, Ontario, in early 1990s.  To No. 442 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Comox, BC, by 1997.  On display at the Edmonton International Airshow on 11 July 2002.  Still operational with 424 Squadron in 2004.

 

first date: 27 May 1970

 

last date:

 

Renumbered from RCAF number 9451.

 

 

115452

de Havilland Canada

 

CC-115

 

Buffalo

 

 

DHC-5A

6

 

 

 

 

 

Leased to de Havilland Canda for trials in 1972, registered CF-QVA.  To No. 116 Air Transport Unit for UN duties, in Middle East, from October 1973 to July 1979.  Painted white for this service.  Seen at Shannon Airport, Ireland, September 1982, in overall white scheme.  Later to No. 442 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Comox, BC.  Still operational with 424 Squadron in 2004.

 

first date: 27 May 1970

 

last date:

 

Renumbered from RCAF number 9452.

 

 

115453

de Havilland Canada

 

CC-115

 

Buffalo

 

 

DHC-5A

7

 

 

 

 

 

Converted to SAR configuration by 11 September 1973.  Loaned to de Havilland Canada, registered CF-ABR, dates unknown.  With No. 442 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Comox, BC on 7 February 1979, in camouflage.  First offered for sale 13 May 1992.   Withdrawn from use and stored at CFB Mountainview by 14 October 1992.  Seen in storage at Mountainview, without horizontal and vertical tails, in May 1994, in yellow SAR markings.  Sold 1994, not delivered until May 1997, to Sky Relief Ltd of Zimbabwe, registered Z-SRD (?).  Reported withdrawn from use c.2004.

 

first date: 27 May 1970

 

last date: 1994

 

Renumbered from RCAF number 9453.

 

sold, continued in storage at Mountainview

115454

de Havilland Canada

 

CC-115

 

Buffalo

 

 

DHC-5A

8

 

 

 

 

 

Serving with No. 429 (Tac T) Squadron when renumbered.  With No. 442 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Comox, BC in 1974 in white SAR scheme, and on 7 February 1979, in yellow SAR scheme.  First stored at CFB Mountainview on 14 October 1992.  Rotated in and out of active service since.

 

first date: 27 May 1970

 

last date:

 

Renumbered from RCAF number 9454.

 

 

115455

de Havilland Canada

 

CC-115

 

Buffalo

 

 

DHC-5A

9

 

 

 

 

 

Serving with No. 429 (Tac T) Squadron when renumbered.  With No. 413 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Summerside, PEI, in 1979, in yellow SAR finish.  Withdrawn from use and stored at CFB Mountainview on 10 February 1993.  Offered for sale 16 May 1995.  Sold to Sky Relief of Zimbabwe on 7 October 1995, registered Z-SR3.  Delivered via Goose Bay, Keyklavik, Newcastle UK, Corfu, to Harare, Zimbabawe.

 

first date: 27 May 1970

 

last date: 7 October 1995

 

Renumbered from RCAF number 9455.

 

sold, see comments

115456

de Havilland Canada

 

CC-115

 

Buffalo

 

 

DHC-5A

10

 

 

 

 

 

Serving with No. 429 (Tac T) Squadron when renumbered.  Converted to SAR configuration by 29 Ocotber 1975.  With No. 442 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Comox, BC by 1977, when it visited Abbottsford, BC in white SAR scheme. Also carried out fisheries patrols in 1977.  Still in white scheme on 7 February 1979.  Displayed at airshow at Fairford, UK on 22 July 1989, in yellow SAR scheme.  Carried Skyhawks parachute demonstration team at Bromont, PQ in 1993, in yellow SAR scheme.  Diverted to Siksa, Alaska in 1996 after small fire in cockpit.  Visited Penticton, BC in 442 Sdn. markings in November 2000.  Visited CFB Trenton, Ontario in May 2002.  Carried Skyhawks at Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa, 1 July 2002.

 

first date: 27 May 1970

 

last date:

 

Renumbered from RCAF number 9456.

 

 

115457

de Havilland Canada

 

CC-115

 

Buffalo

 

 

DHC-5A

11

 

 

 

 

 

Serving with No. 429 (Tac T) Squadron when renumbered.  Converted to SAR configuration by 17 March 1976.  With No. 413 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Summerside, PEI, in 1979, in yellow SAR finish.  Visited Barners Airport, MA, on 14 June 1987, and Westfield, MA on 31 June 1987, in yellow SAR scheme.  With no. 442 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Comox, in 1994.   At CFB Trenton, Ontario on 30 May 1994.  Visited Squamish, BC in February 1995.

 

first date: 27 May 1970

 

last date:

 

Renumbered from RCAF number 9457.

 

 

115458

de Havilland Canada

 

CC-115

 

Buffalo

 

 

DHC-5A

12

 

 

 

 

 

Serving with No. 429 (Tac T) Squadron when renumbered.  Converted to SAR configuration by 17 March 1976.  With No. 442 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Comox, BC, in white SAR scheme by 1974.  Carried stork symbol on tail, after baby girl delivered onboard during medivac flight on 29 April 1975.  Withdrawn from use and stored at CFB Mountainview, Ontario 23 July 1992.  First offered for sale 14 October 1992.  Sold to Sky Relief Ltd. Of Zimbabwe on 7 September 1995, registered as Z-SRF.  Delivered via Goose Bay, Iceland, Newcastle, Corfu to Harare, Zimbabwe.  Reportedly used for spares, broken up by 1997.

 

first date: 27 May 1970

 

last date: 7 September 1995

 

Renumbered from RCAF number 9458.

 

sold, see comments

115459

de Havilland Canada

 

CC-115

 

Buffalo

 

 

DHC-5A

13

 

 

 

 

 

Converted to SAR configuration by 17 March 1976.  With No. 413 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Summerside, PEI, in 1979, in yellow SAR finish.  Withdrawn from use and stored at CFB Mountainview on 22 May 1991.  First offered for sale on 14 October 1992.  Sold to Sky Relief Ltd. Of Zimbabwe on 18 January 1996, registered as Z-SRF.  Delivered via Goose Bay, Iceland, Newcastle, Corfu to Harare, Zimbabwe.

 

first date: 27 May 1970

 

last date: 18 January 1996

 

Renumbered from RCAF number 9459.

 

sold, see comments

115460

de Havilland Canada

 

CC-115

 

Buffalo

 

 

DHC-5A

14

 

 

 

 

 

Loaned back to de Havilland Canada, registered as CF-LAQ, dates unknown.  Assigned to No. 116 Air Tranport Unit for UN service in Middle East, October 1973 to July 1979.  Overall white finish with UN markings.  With No. 424 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Trenton, Ontario, in 1980s.  Visited Griffis AFB, NY on 9 August 1980, in overall white scheme.  With No. 442 Squadron, CFB Comox, BC, in 1982.  Visited CFB Borden, Ontario in June 1990, in camouflage.  Withdrawn from use and stored at CFB Mountainview, Ontario on 22 September 1991.  Seen in storage at Mountainview, without horizontal and vertical tails, in May 1994, in camouflage.  First offered for sale in 1994.  Sold to Sky Relief Ltd. Of Zimbabwe on 18 January 1996, registered as Z-SRB.  Delivered via Goose Bay, Iceland, Newcastle, Corfu to Harare, Zimbabwe.

 

first date: 27 May 1970

 

last date: 18 January 1996

 

Renumbered from RCAF number 9460.

 

sold, see comments

115461

de Havilland Canada

 

CC-115

 

Buffalo

 

 

DHC-5A

16

 

 

 

 

 

With No. 424 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Trenton, Ontario.  Loaned from 424 Sdn. to 116 Air Transport Unit for use with the United Nations in the Middle East, late 1973.  Only Buffalo lost during RCAF / CAF service.  In 2002, the Canadian Warplanes Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario acquired company number 85, Ex Sudan air Force number 811, ex Sudan Airways ST-AHP, in the US.  The intent is to restore this aircraft in the markings of 115461 when it was shot down.

 

first date: 27 May 1970

 

last date: 9 August 1974

 

Renumbered from RCAF number 9461.

 

Shot down by 3 Syrian SAMs near village of Diemas, Golan Heights.  9 fatalities.

115462

de Havilland Canada

 

CC-115

 

Buffalo

 

 

DHC-5A

19

 

 

 

 

 

Serving with No. 429 (Tac T) Squadron when renumbered.  Loaned to de Havilland Canada from 31 May 1974 to 20 June 1975,registered C-GNUZ-X.  Used as trials aircraft and demonstrator for DHC-5D program.  Converted to SAR configuration by 28 November 1975.  Operated on behalf of UN 1979 - 1980 (No. 116 ATU?).  Later assigned to No. 442 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Comox, BC.  Static display at London, Ontario airshow June 1987.  Delivered fuel drums to storage at Tanquary Fiord (JQ6) on Ellesmere Island, summer of 1996.  This is an annual trip, called "Operation Hurricane".  Seen at Phoenix, Arizona, 24 October 2002.  Visited Port Alberni, BC on 22 July 2004.  Carried Skyhawks parachute team at Halifax, NS on 12 September 2004.

 

first date: 27 May 1970

 

last date:

 

Renumbered from RCAF number 9462.

 

 

115463

de Havilland Canada

 

CC-115

 

Buffalo

 

 

DHC-5A

21

 

 

 

 

 

Serving with No. 429 (Tac T) Squadron when renumbered.  Loaned to de Havilland Canada in 1972, registered CF-DJU, for display at Transpo72, Dulles airport, Washington, DC.  Converted to SAR configuration by 17 March 1976.  Seen at CFB Trenton, Ontario September 1981in overal white scheme, probably with No. 424 (T & R) Squadron.  Flew in airshow at Greenham Common, UK, June and September 1981, in overall white scheme.  At CFB Trenton in camouflage June 1990.  Withdrawn from use and stored at CFB Mountainview, Ontario on 13 May 1992.  First offered for sale in 1994.  Sold to Sky Relief Ltd. Of Zimbabwe September 1995, registered as Z-SRG.  Delivered via Goose Bay, Iceland, Newcastle, Corfu to Harare, Zimbabwe.

 

first date: 27 May 1970

 

last date: September 1995

 

Renumbered from RCAF number 9463.

 

sold, see comments

115464

de Havilland Canada

 

CC-115

 

Buffalo

 

 

DHC-5A

23

 

 

 

 

 

Loaned to de Havilland Canada, registered CF-XTE, dates unknown.  Converted to SAR configuration by 17 March 1976.  Seen at CFB Trenton, Ontario September 1983, and at CFB North Bay August 1986, in camouflage.  Withdrawn from use and stored at CFB Mountainview, Ontario June 1995.  In use as instructional airframe at CFB Borden, Ontario by October 1997.

 

first date: 27 May 1970

 

last date:

 

Renumbered from RCAF number 9464.

 

 

115465

de Havilland Canada

 

CC-115

 

Buffalo

 

 

DHC-5A

25

 

 

 

 

 

Flew in Hamilton airshow, June 1975, in camouflage.  Converted to SAR configuration by 17 March 1976.  Assigned to No. 442 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Comox, BC.  Major left engine fire on ground during maintenance test, 7 February 1998, at Comox.  Category C damage.  Visited Phoenix, Arizona on 25 September 2003.  Visited Calgary, Alberta on 20 May 2004.

 

first date: 27 May 1970

 

last date:

 

Renumbered from RCAF number 9465.

 


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