The pilot who will lead the C-17 crews said the arrival of the new plane is a big step for the Canadian Forces.Yes, a paradigm shift where Canadian resources are used to increasingly militarize our country. Watch the beast fly at an air show in B.C. yesterday, here.
"This is an absolute paradigm shift for us. We've never had this capability before," said Maj. Jeremy Reynolds.
At a cost of roughly $900 million, the 53-metre-long planes are capable of carrying 78,000 kilograms and can airdrop 102 paratroopers and their equipment.Reminder, Toronto's budget shortfall is in the range of $587 million. Compare:
The deal was part of a larger $13-billion announcement by the Conservatives to add dozens of aircraft to the military, including medium-lift C-130Js, known as Hercules, and CH-47 Chinook battlefield transport helicopters.But at least we have shiny new giant cargo airplanes...