DFORCE1 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 505 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8688 times:
Does anyone have an interior shot of this aircraft? I have never seen one in person at any airshows I have attended. Does it usually ever go to airshows? I'm especially curious to know what the configuration is for transporting the Queen/Governor General/Prime Minister? Do they keep one in a special configuration at all times for those VIP's?
CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4773 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8664 times:
There is one which is dedicated as a VIP transport, the others are combis IIRC. I haven't seen any shots of the interior for the VIP one, just occasional fleeting footage on news programming.
All the others can usually seat up to about 200 pax. I've only been inside one when I was in Air Cadets - it was just a regular bland airliner interior - nothing special really. Seat pitch was decent though.
The Qunite International Airshow (held at CFB Trenton where the Polaris is based) is cancelled for this year last time I checked, so I doubt there would be much chance for the general public to get a look inside this year at least.
Milan320 From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 869 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8583 times:
Quoting DFORCE1 (Thread starter): I'm especially curious to know what the configuration is for transporting the Queen/Governor General/Prime Minister?
I remember reading about this somewhere, but exactly where, I have no idea. I did hear that one of them had a shower installed, but that's about as far as they went to make it fancy for PMs, GG, etc.
Someone in the article stated that the shower was more like a camper/trailer styled shower than a real shower.
If I find the article (assuming I read it on the internet), I'll post the link.
Did a search on Google, I found something (quote is below):
Of the five Polaris aircraft flown by the squadron, four are configured as normal airliners, carrying 194 passengers at a top speed of 460 knots. Any one of these is, by choice, used by the prime minister and other members of the government. However, the remaining aircraft, No. 001, is configured as a VIP transport, and is used for the Queen and other high dignitaries. It has a spartan bedroom, sitting room, office space and a shower about the size of a small phone booth. It is not, by any means, a luxurious flying "Taj Mahal" as someone once dubbed it.
"It's no more luxurious than a good motor home", says Captain Yvan Veillette, the squadron's information officer. "It is very comfortable, and allows the VIP to relax, have a good sleep and arrive not only feeling good, but looking good".
The executive suite includes a satellite telephone, two computer work stations and a small refrigerator such as might be found in a mid-class hotel. The rear portion of the aircraft is a normal passenger cabin, which can be used to carry regular military passengers, members of the VIP party, or reporters.
WrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8356 times:
DForce1 Contact me offline, I have a friend who is a cookie chucker at 437 Sqn. She may have some photos of 001.
The GG usually uses the 412 Sqn Challengers within Canada, as does most of the Cabinet. The Polaris is usually used on overseas VIP taskings. By the way it will soon be multi-role, Combi (pax/freight + Air to Air Refuel)
Cgagn From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 8248 times:
I walked through one at the local airshow here in town several years ago. From what I recall, other than the big cargo door, looks the same as other A310s. The one at the show had some seats near the front to display how VIPs travel and towards the rear, some examples of how cargo can be moved, and tied down. Pretty neat plane!
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