|Quoting YWG747 (Reply 3):|
These things seriously need to be retired.
They have been nothing but problems in the past few years.
Yes, the CT
-114s are long in the tooth, but if you retire them,
with what do you replace them ? If you're going to maintain
an air demonstration team, that is.
Tucanos would probably suffice, but acquiring 8-10 more for
air demo is probably going to run $100M or more. At a time
when the bill for the Afghan conflict has just been made public,
and some very expensive contracts have been let for new lift,
and not to mention the projected cost of the new Arctic vessels
plus the fleet supply ships, and moreover the up-sizing of the
CF to 100K overall headcount, I think it might be a difficult sell
to fund a new air demo team.
That said, the Snowbirds are tremendous ambassadors for Canada.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.