In the latest update in the Ottawa Citizen, I dee something that causes me to think the planes, which could be in theatre by this coming summer, may not be around long (highlights mine):
…. Defence Department spokeswoman Lynne Rattray noted that it made more sense to use contract pilots. “The aircraft will be flown by civilian contractors, who would be employed on a dedicated basis, as it is more efficient than training and diverting CF pilots to this short-term task,” Ms. Rattray said.
Does this mean they’re only going to re-fit these planes and use them with civilian contractors for about a year? Even though it could be a good idea to continue it beyond Canada’s military presence in Afghanistan?