Canadian Forces Base Prestwick

19/08/2023

Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in March 2022, Glasgow Prestwick Airport has become a hub for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Having Scotland as a hub is advantageous due to the three operations Canada currently supports in Africa, West Asia, and Europe. Below is a look at what I caught during my week at Prestwick and a little insight into what they were up to!

Royal Canadian Air Force Boeing CC-177A Globemaster 177702 - 429 Squadron - 8 Wing - Canadian Forces Base Trenton

This aircraft arrived in Scotland on Thursday, 17th August from its home base of Trenton, Ontario. I caught it departing to Kuwait on Saturday, 19th August. It returned from its short Asian tasking on Tuesday, 22nd August, and returned to Canada the following day. This mission was part of Operation Impact, a Canadian operation against the Islamic State. Canada's CC-177 and CC-130s continue to work regularly in the Middle East supporting this. 

Royal Canadian Air Force Lockheed Martin CC-130J Super Hercules 130601 - 436 Squadron - 8 Wing - Canadian Forces Base Trenton.

I caught this aircraft departing to Lyon on Saturday, August 19th. Between the 19th and 23rd, 601 made multiple flights between Lyon and Poland, likely taking French aid which will be forwarded to Ukraine. It can also be seen below taxying to park on August 23rd, following its return to Prestwick. 

Royal Canadian Air Force Lockheed Martin CC-130J Super Hercules 130606 - 436 Squadron - 8 Wing - Canadian Forces Base Trenton

Unfortunately, this was the only Canadian aircraft that didn't move throughout the week. It departed on its first mission on Friday, August 25th, by which point I had left Scotland entirely!