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The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) maintains specialised aircraft to transport Canada’s monarch, governor general, other members of the Royal Family, prime minister, other senior members of the Government of Canada, and other dignitaries. A small fleet of dedicated executive government transport aircraft are organized into two RCAF squadrons. Other RCAF combat and transport helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, along with chartered civilian aircraft, and, occasionally, scheduled commercial flights may also be used to meet Canada’s VIP air transport requirements.



All dedicated VIP transport aircraft in the Canadian Forces are operated by 437 Transport Squadron and 412 Transport Squadron. Attendants on flights operated by these squadrons are select volunteers from various services in the Canadian Forces and serve in their posting for two or three years; they must undergo an intensive training period and additional security background checks prior to VIP transport duty.

The 437 Transport Squadron, based at CFB Trenton, operates five Airbus A310-300s, all designated as CC-150 Polaris; four are configured as normal airliners with cargo transport and aerial refuelling capability, while one, No. 001, is operated in a VIP configuration. This latter aircraft, referred to as the Royal Flight when carrying the Queen or another member of the Royal Family, has a galley, spartan bedroom, sitting room, office space, and a shower approximately the size of a small phone booth. The executive suite includes a satellite telephone, two computer work stations, and a small refrigerator, and at the rear portion of the aircraft is a normal passenger cabin, used to carry regular military passengers, members of the VIP party, or reporters. The squadron’s information officer stated of the interior in 1997: “It’s no more luxurious than a good motor home.”

There was some debate about giving one of the VIP CC-150 Polaris’ a new paint job, above.  Many in the military wanted to keep the green military paint scheme, just in case the aircraft would have to be pushed into military service during a crisis.




New paint job looks cool.




Typically Canadian, very modest bedroom.


English/Anglais IS2011-6004-043 July 06 2011 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Interior of a Canadian Forces CC-150 Polaris configured for VIP passengers, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, on July 6th 2011. Canadian Forces Navy, Army and Air Force personnel from Regular and Reserve Force units are honoured to support The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their Canadian tour, 30 June to 8 July. The CF is providing logistical and ceremonial support as the Royal couple visits Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Yellowknife and Calgary. Full military honours with 21-Gun salutes, Colour Parties, Bands, and 100-Man Honour Guards, a river cruise on board HMCS Montreal, flights in CF aircraft, and a special meeting with the Canadian Rangers and Junior Rangers highlight the celebrations. Photo credit: Master Corporal Marc-Andre Gaudreault, Canadian Forces Combat Camera © 2011, DND-MDN Canada French/Français IS2011-6004-043 6 juillet 2011 Yellowknife (Territoires du Nord-Ouest) L’intérieur d’un CC150 Polaris des Forces canadiennes, configuré pour accueillir les passagers de marque, le duc et la duchesse de Cambridge, à Yellowknife (Territoires du Nord-Ouest), le 6 juillet 2011. Des membres de la Marine, de l’Armée de terre et de la Force aérienne, de la Force régulière et de la Force de réserve des Forces canadiennes, ont l’honneur d’appuyer le duc et la duchesse de Cambridge lors de la tournée royale au Canada, du 30 juin au 8 juillet. Les FC offrent un soutien logistique et appuient les cérémonies pendant la visite du couple royal à Ottawa, à Montréal, à Québec, à l’île du Prince-Édouard, à Yellowknife et à Calgary. Leurs Altesses Royales reçoivent tous les honneurs militaires, dont des salves de 21 coups d’artillerie, des gardes du drapeau, des musiques, des gardes d’honneur de 100 militaires, une croisière à bord du NCSM MONTRÉAL, des vols à bord d’aéronefs des FC et une rencontre spéciale avec les Rangers

As opposed to the American Air Force One sleeping quarters, the couches can be pulled out into beds.




For shorter flights the Challenger is used.




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Posted June 4, 2016 by markosun in Aircraft, Aviation

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