If you are living or travelling along the Trans-Canada highway between Halifax, NS and Trenton, ON, you will be in for an unusual treat while experiencing some travel delays.

A dismantled CP-140 Aurora, originating from 14 Wing Greenwood, is in the process of being transported by road from Halifax and is expected to arrive at the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton by September 13, 2018. The aircraft, which entered service in 1980, was officially withdrawn from use in the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet of CP-140s in 2015.

“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,” a Public Service Announcement states.

A CP-140 Aurora arrives at Iqaluit Airport in Nunavut for the Canadian Forces Community Day during Operation NANOOK, August 15, 2018.
Photo: Mona Ghiz, MARLANT Public Affairs

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

Fourteen CP-140 Auroras are currently in service and are based in 19 Wing Comox, BC, and 14 Wing Greenwood, NS.

The aircraft will be reassembled in Trenton, and officially welcomed into the National Air Force Museum of Canada’s collection at a later date.