Whitby selected for CAF Remembrance Day flyover

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Published November 11, 2021 at 11:54 am

Canadian Armed Forces members board a CC-130 Hercules aircraft from 426 Squadron, at Canadian Forces Station Alert en route to Eureka, Nunavut during Operation NEVUS 2016, on June 14, 2016. Photo: PO2 Belinda Groves Task Force Imagery Technician YK-2016-040-002

Whitby joins three other Ontario communities honoured with a Canadian Air Force flyover this Remembrance Day.

At 11 a.m. in time for the Town, Remembrance Day ceremony, a CC-130J Hercules transport plane will soar above the Whitby and Brooklin cenotaphs.

The CAF is performing these maneuvers at 32 locations across the country. Other Ontario locations include; Arnprior, visited by a CH-147F Chinook helicopter, Ottawa, by a CF-18 Hornet fighter and Toronto, which will also see a CC-130J Hercules.

Whitby MP Ryan Turnbull, was “excited to announce” the news yesterday.

The aircraft will fly over the highest obstacles at the lowest allowable altitude. The CAF stresses that fly overs are, “carefully planned and closely controlled for public safety.”

Hercules planes have been used in the Canadian Air Force since 1960, six years after they began to fly. It is a truly massive aircraft with a  40 metre wingspan, capable of carrying 92 fully-equipped paratroopers or 128 passengers.

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