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Source: Harold A Skaarup Web Page (DND Photo via James Craik)
Boeing CC-137 Husky, CAF (Serial No. 13704), refueling Canadair CF-116 Freedom FightersBoeing CC-137 (5), (Serial Nos. 13701-13705). (B-707-347C, B-707)

The Boeing CC-137 was a transport and tanker aircraft which served with the Canadian Forces from 1970 to 1997. The Boeing 707-347C aircraft provided long range passenger transport for the military, VIP transport for government and air-to-air refueling for fighters such as the CF-116 Freedom Fighter and CF-18 Hornet. It was replaced by the Airbus CC-150 Polaris in the transport role and much later in the tanker role.

Canada purchased five Boeing 707s in 1970"71 to replace the RCAF's CC-106 Yukons in the long range transport role and the CC-109 Cosmopolitan as an executive or short-range transport. To fulfil Canada's requirements for aerial refueling, two aircraft were fitted with Beechcraft made probe and drogue refueling pods in 1972. The two sets of refuelling equipment were moved from aircraft to aircraft to keep fleet utilization even between the airframes.

The CC-137 fleet had a combined total of 191,154 hours, remaining in service in the transport role until 1995, with two aircraft continuing in use as tankers until 1997. Wikipedia

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RCAF On Strength (5)
last update: 2024-02-28 19:42:26

Boeing 707 13701

s/n
 13701
as/n
 13701
m/d
 707‑347C
c/n
 20315.824

Known Squadron Assignments:

Originally ordered as N1506W for Western Airlines of California. Purchased from Boeing when original sale fell through. Operated by No. 437 Squadron, at CFB Trenton, Ontario. Placed in storage 9 August 1993, declared surplus on 10 November 1993. Sold, to civil register as N803CK, registered to American International Airways on 1 February 1994. To HR-AMN on Honduras register, to RACE Aviation on 20 May 1994. Leased to VASP of Brazil in August 1994, no change in registration. Back to US as N108RA, registered to Atlantic Leasing Company on 18 August 1995. Leased to Transcontinental Sur N108RA Sep 1996; to MAS Air CX-BSI June 1997; Mexicargo XA-ABG June 2000. Scrapped Tucson 2005. last update: 2024-February-19
   1970-February-24 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1994-June-30 Struck off Strength Struck off, sold. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 138 | 2005 218 | 2005 218 | 2005 224

Boeing 707 13702

s/n
 13702
as/n
 13702
m/d
 707‑347C
c/n
 20316.825

Known Squadron Assignments:

Originally ordered as N1507W for Western Airlines of California, later N1785B used for production testing. Purchased from Boeing when original sale fell through. Operated by No. 437 Squadron, at CFB Trenton, Ontario. Sometimes fitted with VIP interior, passengers included the Royal Family and the Pope. Placed in storage on 12 January 1993, declared surplus on 2 June 1993. Sold, to civil register as HR-AMF to Omega of Honduras. Ferried from Toronto to Shannon, Ireland on 20 December 1993, parked there until 6 August 1994 when it flew to Ostend, Belgium. Registered as PT-TCU to Aerobrazil on lease in 1994, but not taken up. Still marked HR-AMF as late as December 1994. Also reported as EL-AKT on Liberian register, but this appears to be an Antonov. To USAF, as E-8C 96-0043, operational by December 2000. Damaged in flight with 93rd Airborne Control Wing on 29 August 2001 when waveguide melted due to hydraulic system failure which pumped hydraulic fluid into electronics bay. Landed safely but heavily damaged. Preliminary repair estimate was US$3,788,079.59. Back in service by 2012. last update: 2024-February-19
RCAF Aircraft Record Card
   1970-February-24 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1993-June-02 Struck off Strength Struck off, sold. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 138 | 2005 219 | 2005 224

Boeing 707 13703

s/n
 13703
as/n
 13703
m/d
 707‑347C
c/n
 20317.826

Known Squadron Assignments:

Originally ordered as N1508W for Western Airlines of California. Purchased from Boeing when original sale fell through. Operated by No. 437 Squadron, at CFB Trenton, Ontario. Fitted with wing tip Fletcher-Sergeant "probe and drogue" refuelling pods in mid 1972, no official change in designation. Supported CF-5 detachment from 434 Squadron on deployment to Norway for NATO exercises in fall of 1985. Seen at Faro, Portugal in 1992, with UN flag on tail. Still in regular use April 1995. Sold to USAF for conversion to E-8C, became 97-200. Ferried to Lake Charles, Louisiana on 14 April 1997. Delivered 5 November 2001. Operated by 93rd Airborne Control Wing at Robins AFB, Georgia. Unit re-designated 116th Airborne Control Wing by 2005. last update: 2024-February-19
   1970-February-24 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1997-February-27 Struck off Strength Struck off, sold. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 138 | 2005 218

Boeing 707 13704

s/n
 13704
as/n
 13704
m/d
 707‑347C
c/n
 20318.829

Known Squadron Assignments:

Originally ordered as N1509W for Western Airlines of California. Purchased from Boeing when original sale fell through. Operated by No. 437 Squadron, at CFB Trenton, Ontario. Fitted with wing tip Fletcher-Sergeant "probe and drogue" refuelling pods in mid 1972, no official change in designation. Based in Persian Gulf in 1990/1991, in support of CF-18s operating in Iraq. Refuelled CF-18s returning from Europe during Operation Rhine Prosit in 1993, basing out of Keflavik, Iceland. Still in regular use April 1995. Sold to USAF for conversion to E-8C, became 97-0201. Ferried to Lake Charles, Louisiana on 14 April 1997. Delivered April 2002. Operated by 93rd Airborne Control Wing at Robins AFB, Gerogia. Took part in RAF Waddington air show in 2002. Operating from Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar in 2005. Seen at RAF Mildenhall 29 May 2005. last update: 2024-February-19
   1970-February-24 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1997-February-27 Struck off Strength Struck off, sold. 2020-10-22
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 138 | 2005 218

Boeing 707 13705

s/n
 13705
as/n
 13705
m/d
 707‑347C
c/n
 20319.833

Known Squadron Assignments:

Originally ordered as N1510W for Western Airlines of California. Purchased from Boeing when original sale fell through. Arrived at CFB Trenton on 12 May 1971. Operated by No. 437 Squadron, at CFB Trenton, Ontario. Seen at London Heathrow airport on 28 April 1985, with UN flag on tail. Carried Red Cross supplies to Krasnoyarsk, Siberia on 14 February 1993, refueling at Helsinki, Finland. Placed in storage on 29 April 1995, was last operational CC-137. Sold to USAF. Converted to E-8C by Northrop-Grumman at Melbourne, Florida, serial number 96-0042. Also reported as 95-0124 but this appears to be an error. Severe damage received on 24 September 2005 while in a Northrop-Grumman hanger at Lake Charles, Louisiana, when Hurricane "Rita" blew in hanger door. By 2009 operated by 128th Air Control Squadron, 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard. last update: 2024-February-19
   1971-March-24 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
   1995-May-03 Struck off Strength Struck off, sold. 2019-08-20
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 2005 138 | 2005 219

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