Technician checking skiis on RCAF CC-138 Twin Otter, Iqaluit, Nunavut.
The highly adaptable CC-138 Twin Otter is well suited for Canada’s ever-changing northern climate and terrain. This short takeoff and landing (STOL) utility transport aircraft can land on water, land, snow and ice.
Powered by twin turboprop engines, the Twin Otter is highly manoeuvrable. It can be outfitted with wheels or skis to land on virtually any surface.
The CC-138 is used in search and rescue (SAR) missions, and transport and support roles to the Canadian Forces’ northern operations. It can carry up to 20 passengers or 2999 kg of payload, and has a range of 1427 km.
The Royal Canadian Force’s 4 Twin Otters are based in Yellowknife, NWT.
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Photo Credit: Canadian Department of National Defence