A welcome sight

A Bell CH-146 Griffon from 424 (Tiger) Search and Rescue/Transport Squadron flying over Lake Ontario enroute to 8 Wing/CFB Trenton.

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In service in Canada since 1995, the Griffon is used primarily to support Army training, and other tasks including search and rescue missions.

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The Griffon is equipped with a hoist that enables it to extract people and cargo from almost any terrain. The Griffon can be equipped with a Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) system and a powerful searchlight, helping it to navigate and search in low-visibility conditions.

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The aircraft can carry up to 13 people (two pilots, a flight engineer and 10 passengers) and has a maximum gross weight of nearly 5400 kilograms. Part of its heft comes from the armour that lines both the floor and the crew seats. Despite its weight, the Griffon can reach speeds up to 260 kilometres per hour.

  • Crew: Three (pilot, co-pilot & flight engineer)
  • Capacity: 10 troops or 6 stretchers
  • Length: 17.1 m (56 ft 1 in)
  • Rotor diameter: 14 m (45 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 4.6 m (15 ft 1 in)
  • Max take off weight: 5,355 kg (11,900 lb)
  • Power plant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T-3D turbo shaft engine, 900 shp (671 kW) each
  • Maximum speed: 260 km/h (139 knots, 160 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 220 km/h (118 knots, 136 mph)
  • Range: 656 km (354 nm, 405 mi)


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