Tue, Jun 07, 2005
Canadian C130 Picks Up 92 Stranded Quebecers Threatened By
Some might consider the Lockheed-Martin C130 Hercules something
of an ugly duckling. It's squat, utterly utilitarian in appearance.
But for more than 90 people stranded by fire in northern Quebec
Monday, the C130 dispatched to rescue them was probably the most
beautiful aircraft they'd ever seen.
The aircraft, from CFB Trenton in Ontario, landed on a gravel
strip Monday at Eastman River, on the east side of James Bay. It
was the second attempt by CAF pilots to get an aircraft into the
strip, after they were turned back overnight Sunday by dense smoke
and poor weather.
"This is typical of the missions that the Air Force's CC-130
Hercules crews are asked to undertake on a daily basis," acting 1
Canadian Air Division commander Brig.-Gen. Dwight Davies said in a
statement to the Canadian Press. "Hercules crews conduct a variety
of tasks for Canadians from humanitarian operations, as in this
case, through air-to-air refueling of fighters conducting the NORAD
The evacuees were flown to a temporary shelter in Val D'Or,
Quebec. There's no word yet on when they'll be able to return.
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