On 28 September 2019, the National Air Force Museum of Canada, located at 8 Wing Trenton, ON inducted two maritime aircraft into the museum’s air park. Earlier in the year a crew from MH 443 at Pat Bay, BC delivered Sea King 12405 to the museum. Sea King 12405 was the fifth Sea King delivered to Canada, but it has a unique history in that it was first Sea King constructed in Canada by Pratt & Whitney in Montreal. The first four Sea Kings delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy in 1963 at HMCS Shearwater were built by Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Connecticut. The last Sea King was retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force in 2018 at Pat Bay, BC.

IMP Aerospace and Defence in Halifax, NS load Aurora 140102 onto a truck, for the move to the National Air Force Museum in Trenton, Ontario, Canada on Aug 29, 2018.

On the same date in September 2019 the National Air Force Museum inducted CP-140 Aurora 140102 into the museum’s air park. Aurora 140102 was the second of 18 Auroras built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Burbank, CA in 1980. 140104 was the first Aurora delivered to the Canadian Armed Forces in Greenwood, NS in 1981, while the first three Auroras off the production line, including 149102, remained in Burbank to be re-configured from the flight test program. In 2007, the Canadian government made the decision to reduce the number of Auroras from 18 to 14 as a cost reduction measure. Aurora 140102 was one of the four aircraft selected to be struck off strength and available for museums.

Sea King 12426 Arrives at Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

In September 2019, Sea King 12426 was delivered to the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, ON. Following delivery, 12426 was immediately refurbished for display as the newest addition to the museum’s helicopter section.

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