The refueling flight

Two of the five Royal Canadian Air Force CC-150 Polaris have been converted to air-to-air refueling tankers for the CF-18 fleet as CC-150Ts. Four of the five aircraft were converted to the Combi-Freighter standard with a reinforced floor and side opening cargo door. The fifth was redone as a VIP transport aircraft for government executive transport. polaristanker

The five Airbus A310 aircraft were originally purchased by Wardair and were transferred to Canadian Airlines when the two airlines merged in 1989. They were subsequently purchased by the Canadian Forces from Canadian Airlines in 1992. As a result of the renaming of Air Command to the Royal Canadian Air Force, the RCAF now has control of the CC150.

The purchase included a support contract for service of the aircraft for a fixed number of flying hours. Today, the aircraft are still totally maintained by Air Canada employees.

The five CC-150s are operated by 437 Squadron, at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton.

Crew / Passengers:
Maximum 194 passengers in standard configuration and 60 passengers in combi-configuration

Power Plant(s):
Two GE CF6-80C2A2 turbofans each with 24,265 kg thrust

Cruising Speed: Mach 0.80 Service Ceiling: 44,839 ft (13,667 m) Range: 7,250 mi (11,668 km)

Gross: 152,616 lb (69,226 kg) Cargo Load: 70,547 lb (32,000 kg)

Wing Span: 144 ft 0 in (43.9 m) Length: 153 ft 0 in (46.66 m) Height: 51ft 10 in (15.8 m) Wing Area: 2,360 sq ft ( 219 sq m)

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