Transport of a CP-140 Aurora from Nova Scotia to Ontario


Canadians travelling the highways of Eastern Canada in early September might witness an unusual sight: a large Canadian Armed Forces aircraft being transported by road.

From September 4 to 13, 2018, a dismantled CP-140 Aurora, originating from 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, will be moved from a holding facility in Halifax to the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ontario.

The aircraft is identifiable by its Royal Canadian Air Force markings, and will be transported primarily along the Trans-Canada highway. As movement of the larger components of the aircraft, the fuselage and wings, require the use of two traffic lanes, we kindly ask that for public safety reasons, motorists who encounter these oversized loads exercise patience, cooperation, and prudence as they transit through their areas.

While subject to change due to weather, the fuselage and wings are expected to arrive in Trenton on or around September 7 and 13 respectively. The aircraft will be reassembled in Trenton, and officially welcomed into the National Air Force Museum of Canada’s collection at a later date.

 Quick Facts 

The aircraft to be transported was officially withdrawn from use in the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet of CP-140s in 2015, and as such, cannot be flown.

The Canadian Armed Forces currently has another 14 CP-140 Auroras in service, which are based in 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia, and 14 Wing.

The CP-140 is Canada’s primary airborne anti-submarine warfare, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft, and is used in a variety of roles from surveillance of Canada’s coastal waters, to patrol missions as part of international operations.

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet of Auroras started entering service in 1980.


CP-140 Aurora

Royal Canadian Air Force

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  • The fuselage of a large gray aircraft rests on a truck trailer in front of an aircraft hangar.