CC-144 seen here over Canada's Capital City with the Canadian Parliament to the left.
The Canadian Air Force’s Challenger fleet includes six aircraft of which three are capable to be used in a medevac role. Any of the six aircraft can be used in either a utility or an administrative role. The administrative CC-144’s crew consists of two pilots, one flight engineer and one flight steward to tend to government officials and foreign dignitaries.
In its role as a VIP transport, the Challenger has supported many international humanitarian and diplomatic efforts. The jet carried Canada’s Minister of International Development to Jakarta, Indonesia in support of our aid efforts after the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. A Challenger also flew former Prime Ministers Paul Martin and John Turner to Kiev, Ukraine to monitor the 2004 free elections. The CC-144 continues to fly missions in support of ongoing Canadian Forces operations in Afghanistan.
The Bombardier Challenger 600 series is a family of business jets designed by Bill Lear and produced first by Canadair until that company was bought by Bombardier Aerospace in 1986. Challengers can be identified visually by their distinctive fowler flap design, where the fairings can be seen below the wings, a sight much more common on commercial airliners.
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Photo source: Canadian Department of National Defence