434 Squadron reborn to lead RCAF’s operational testing and evaluation

A ceremony was held at the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ontario, today to mark the re-birth of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s famous 434 “Bluenose” Squadron.

The squadron is being reborn as 434 Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) Squadron, under command of the RCAF Aerospace Warfare Centre (RAWC) in Trenton. The squadron will amalgamate five existing test and evaluation flights (TEFs) and create two new TEFs under the command of a single unit.

  • The Helicopter Operational Test and Evaluation Flight at 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, is responsible for the operationalization of the CH-148 Cyclone Maritime Helicopter.
  • The Long Range Patrol Operational Test and Evaluation Flight at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, is focused primarily on the CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft.
  • The Transport Operational Test and Evaluation Flight, located at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, deals with all air mobility fleets such as the CC-130J Hercules, CC-177 Globemaster III and CC-150 Polaris transport aircraft.
  • The Land Aviation Test and Evaluation Flight, located at St. Hubert, Quebec, deals with tactical aviation helicopters such as the CH-147F Chinook and CH-146 Griffon.
  • The Fighter Operational Test and Evaluation Flight at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, deals with fighter aircraft.
  • The new Search and Rescue Test and Evaluation Flight will be stood up at 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia. It will be responsible for the new Fixed Wing Search and Rescue, CH-149…

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