Canadian Forces Twin Otter landing on ski's at Ellsmere Island
440 "Vampire" Squadron is a Canadian Forces squadron based in Yellowknife, NT. It performs transport and search and rescue duties in Northern Canada.The CC-138 was once equipped with floats, but now is normally only flown on tundra tires and skis, due to the costs of changing configurations and the increased danger element of water landings.
The DHC-6 Twin Otter is a Canadian 20-passenger STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) utility aircraft developed by de Havilland Canada and currently produced by Viking Air. The aircraft's fixed tricycle undercarriage, STOL abilities and high rate of climb have made it a successful cargo, regional passenger airliner and MEDEVAC aircraft. In addition, the Twin Otter has been popular with commercial skydiving operations, and it is used by the United States Army Parachute Team.
Photo source: Department of National Defence, Canada