- No. 412 Squadron RCAF
412 Transport Squadron of the
Canadian Forces Air Commandis one of 3 transport squadrons attached to CFB Trentonin Trenton, Ontario, but this squadron is based out of Ottawa, Ontario. It had formerly been attached to CFB Ottawa, closed since 1994.
412 Transport was formed in 1949, but traces its history back to two separate squadrons:
Number 12 Communications Flight at R.C.A.F. Station Ottawa and 412 (Fighter) Squadron was formed in
Digby, Englandon June 30, 1941.
After WWII, Number 12 Communications Flight was re-assigned as 412 Squadron on April 1, 1947, and renamed 412 (Composite) Squadron based at
CFB Rockcliffe. In 1955, the 412 moved to CFB Uplands. In the late 1970s a sub-unit was established at CFB Lahrin West Germany. This operation closed in 1993.
CFB Ottawaclosed and 412's fleet was moved to a civilian hanger at Ottawa International Airport. All aircraft are maintained by Transport Canadaon behalf of the Canadian Forces.
Aircraft used by 412 include:
* 1 CL-5 North Star 1949-1966
de Havilland Comet1A 1953-1963
* 2 CL-44 Yukon 1961-1978 - VIP configuration
de Havilland Dash 7- based at Lahr 1980-1987
de Havilland Dash 8- based at Lahr 1987-93
* 1 CL-66 Cosmopolitan 1960-1980
Dassault Falcon 201968-1985
Today, 412 Squadron provides transport for high level government officials and foreign VIPs while they are in
Canada. The squadron uses 4 CC-144 Challengerbusiness jets.
* [http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/8wing/squadron/412_e.asp 412 Home Page]
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