By: Joint Task Force – Iraq Public Affairs Officer
Under the Middle East Stabilization Force (MESF)—the multinational coalition to halt and degrade ISIL—partner nations work together at every level towards a common goal, and their aircraft technicians are no exception.
The Canadian Armed Forces has up to two CP-140 Auroras supporting Operation IMPACT, Canada’s contribution to MESF, which provide valuable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information. Air Task Force-Iraq’s Aurora aircraft technicians work day and night to ensure that at least one of the planes is always ready to go. They attribute much credit for their success to cooperation with their American counterparts.
“The American aircraft technicians have been outstanding,” said the Aurora Maintenance Flight Commander. “They are always willing to help and have been instrumental in keeping us flying.”
For example, the Aurora aircraft technicians sometimes call on the Americans to borrow equipment such as cranes and aircraft jacks. Further, the Americans are more than willing to stay late to work with them.
The American aircraft technicians also benefit from cooperation with the Canadians.
“We reciprocate,” explained the Aurora Maintenance Flight Commander. “For example, a group of our engine technicians recently helped the Americans when they were installing an engine on their P-3 Orion. Our CP-140s are older than their P-3s, but the propellers and engines haven’t changed, so we used our broad scope of…