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    REVIEW: Inflight200 CAF CP-140 Aurora “Eagle’s Head” Fincastle ‘96

    Canadian Armed Forces Lockheed CP-140 Aurora #140111
    No.405 Squadron, 14 Wing CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia, 1996
    Special Scheme for participation in Fincastle ‘96 Competition , RNZAF Whenuapai, New Zealand.
    1/200 Scale

    September 2019 Release

    In 1975, Canada awarded Lockheed a contract to replace 33 Canadair CP-107 Argus ASW aircraft with 18 of the Canadian version of the P-3C Orion known as the CP-140 Aurora. The first aircraft was rolled out on January 25, 1979 and was accepted into Canadian service in June 1980.

    The main operating base is on the East Coast at CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia with No. 404, No. 405, and No. 415 Squadrons. No. 407 Squadron is based on the West Coast at CFB Comox, British Columbia.

    The CP-140 Aurora is based on the Lockheed P-3 Orion airframe, but originally mounted the electronics suite of the Lockheed S-3 Viking.

    "Aurora" refers to the Roman goddess of dawn who flies across the sky each morning ahead of the sun. Aurora also refers to the Aurora Borealis, the "northern lights", that are prominent over northern Canada and the Arctic Ocean.

    In 1991, Lockheed shut down its production lines in Burbank, California, for the P-3 Orion, which shares the same airframe with the CP-140. Three surplus airframes on hand were purchased by Air Command, but delivered without the anti-submarine fit. These three aircraft were designated the CP-140A Arcturus and were used primarily for pilot training and coastal surface patrol missions. The Arcturus aircraft have since been retired.

    Fincastle Trophy Competition 1996 - RNZAF Whenuapai, New Zealand

    The International Fincastle Competition is a contest of skills between the Air Forces of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. During the competition, crews compete in anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence and surveillance gathering.

    The Fincastle Competition began in 1960 when Mr. and Mrs. Aird-Whyte presented a silver tray, (now the Fincastle Trophy), in memory of their son Sergeant Nairn Fincastle Aird-Whyte, (who was killed in action in 1943 while flying with the RAF Coastal Command). Initially the competition was for accuracy in depth charge bombing but it has evolved over the years to reflect the new duties of today's air forces. The competition fosters relations among the four participating nations while encouraging learning and skill sharing.

    The 1996 Fincastle Competition was held in New Zealand and 405 Squadron was chosen to represent Canada. The 405 Squadron Badge has an eagle's head erased, facing to the sinister and holding in the beak a sprig of maple.

    So it only seemed appropriate that a special “Eagle Head” paint scheme be applied to Aurora #140111 that was designated to participate in the Exercise.

    The paint scheme was a huge success and received international acclaim at every airfield en route to New Zealand. To top it off - the Canadians took home the trophy after winning the competition that year.

    The Model

    This is the third CP-140 Aurora released by Inflight200. I assisted with the research for this model. Corrections suggested to and acted on by Inflight included the following.

    1). The eagle head was missing from both sides of the vertical fin on the artwork.

    2). The Federal Signature block was missing just above the wing on the fuselage.

    3). The natural metal A.P.U. panel was added to the starboard forward fuselage.

    4). The aircraft number was originally missing from the gear doors on the artwork.

    5). One of the Sonobuoy tubes on Canadian Auroras is larger than the others - this was added by Inflight.

    6). Underwing pylons were deleted from the Model as the CP-140 rarely used them.

    7). Finally, the correct FS Colour codes were provided in order to paint the model as per Canadian Forces Technical orders.

    Overall very pleased with the final result and very highly recommended for Canadian collectors.


    Below: Seen with the first “High Viz’ CP-140 released by Inflight200.

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    Great write as always Dan, I got to tour one of these birds at CFB Comox in 1992. What a magnificent aircraft, the range on this aircraft is phenomenal.

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