Now Serving To RMC Engineers: Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Arrival

Article by 15595 Dr. Billy Allan, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

There is an Academic Wing, a Cadet Wing, a Military Wing and a Training Wing. But there are other wings at RMC: an F104 Starfighter Wing in Sawyer Mod 1, and now, a Buffalo wing! Important parts of the RCAF Buffalo CC115454 arrived by transport on Wed 27 March to Building 3 where the cockpit will become a cockpit simulator to support the Aeronautical Engineering undergraduate programme, Flight Dynamics and Advanced Aircraft Design research led by Dr. Ruben Perez. The wing and the nose-landing-gear structure are of great interest to Dr. Catharine Marsden who imparts aerospace structural design wisdom to Cadets at both undergraduate and graduate level. The wing will find a home somewhere in Sawyer Module 1 or 2 where it can be studied up close and personally. The cockpit will be mounted in Building 3 and over the coming years, will be transformed from the hulk by the craftsmen in the Mechanical Shop in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

A little history of aircraft 454 follows:

DHC-5A (CC-115) – Serial RCAF 9454 / CAF 115454

– Production Aircraft No. 8 Rolled out on 28 May 1967.

– Delivered to 429 (Tac T) Squadron on 18 September 1967.

– Renumbered CAF 115454 on 28 May 1970.

– Move to 442 (T & R) Squadron, CFB Comox, BC in 1974 in white SAR scheme.

– Repainted yellow SAR scheme on 7 February 1979.

– Stored at CFB Mountainview on 14 October 1992

– Cut up by Aerospace Telecommunications and Engineering Support Squadron (ATESS Trenton) and delivered to RMC 27 March 2013

2 Comments

  • Bob Kompf

    April 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    The Buffalo’s STOL capability were put to good use on at least one occasion in support of 1er Commando Parachutiste du Regiment Aeroporte du Canada. In a time free of snow (summer 1969 ?) parachute operations were conducted in the Camp Valcartier Training Area. The Buffalo landed on the Rifle Range, loaded the paratroopers, flew to the drop zone, the jumpers jumped and the Buffalo repeated the circuit until the task was done. No prepared runway. No control tower. Just brothers-in-arms of the Airborne Force working together!

  • Darren Rich

    April 1, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Well done to the Dept of Mech & Aero Eng guys. Will the cockpit be open for tours during Reunion Weekend week?