Cascade Aerospace delivers 100th CC-130 to Royal Canadian Air Force

The CC-130 Hercules is a mainstay of the Royal Canadian Air Forces' transport fleet.

The CC-130 Hercules is a mainstay of the Royal Canadian Air Forces’ transport fleet.

Cascade Aerospace, an Operating Unit of IMP Aerospace & Defence, has delivered the 100th CC-130 Hercules aircraft from its base in Abbotsford, British Columbia to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), following scheduled maintenance.

The aircraft will be returned to service to continue its role as one of Canada’s long range Fixed Wing Search and Rescue aircraft.

Cascade Aerospace has a multi-year contract with the RCAF as the prime contractor responsible for program management, engineering, maintenance, materiel and technical support for Canada’s fleet of CC-130 Hercules aircraft.

Canada’s CC-130 fleet fulfills multi-mission roles including troop transport, tactical airlift (both palletized and vehicular cargo), search and rescue (SAR), air-to-air refuelling (AAR), and aircrew training.

The CC-130 is capable of short takeoffs and landings (STOL) on unprepared runways, along with unmatched long range capability and endurance, allowing it to respond to SAR emergencies on almost any terrain and under the most challenging weather conditions.

“Cascade Aerospace has supported the RCAF’s CC-130 fleet since 2005,” said Ben Boehm, executive vice president and COO for Cascade Aerospace. “Over these last 10 years, Cascade has grown to become one of the world’s leading C-130 Hercules experts, allowing Cascade and its 700 employees to provide exceptional service to Canada as well as to international militaries around the world. Cascade has worked hard to achieve this milestone and we look forward to continuing our support for the RCAF’s CC-130 fleet well in to the future,” said Boehm.