Harmon Field Day Aircraft

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Stephenville hosts Harmon Field Day every two years. During this event aircraft from all over the world visit the town.

The F-16 and The CF-18A Hornet

Two of the most famous aircraft to frequent Harmon Field Day festivities are the F-16 and CF-18A Hornet. Canada's newest fighter aircraft, the F-16, was originally designed for an air superiority day fighter. Its capabilities were subsequently enhanced to make it one of the best all-weather fighters. This aircraft has outstanding manoeuvrability and agility. It can obtain speeds above mach 2 and can fly as high as 50,000 feet. The CF-18A Hornet is a single seat twin-engine with all weather weapons systems. The Canadian Forces first received this aircraft in 1982. The Hornet is currently stationed in CFB Cold Lake and CFB Bagotville. It can reach heights of 50,000 feet. It also has nine external weapon stations with a capability of up to 7,710kg of mixed ordinance.

The KC-10A, Lockheed C-130 Hercules, KC-135, and the C-5A Galaxy

Some of the bigger aircraft that appeared during the 1996 Harmon Field Day were the KC-10A, Lockheed C-130 Hercules, KC-135 and C-5A Galaxy. The KC-10A first entered service in 1981 as a duel-role freighter and tanker. This aircraft is capable of long range deployments by providing both fuel and "mother ship" navigation capabilities and can fly at speeds of 610 mph. The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is the world's most popular and widely used turbine-powered heavy transport. To date, there are more 2,000 of these versatile, four-engine aircraft in more than 50 versions, all produced by Lockheed Systems Company. This aircraft is the largest for many things. It is the largest ever to land and take off on an aircraft carrier without using a tail hook arrest and for being equipped with skis and wheels. The largest cargo aircraft in the world, the C-5A Galaxy, can carry every piece of equipment in the U.S. Army's inventory. When teamed with the C-141 Starlifter, the United States can carry fully-equipped, battle ready divisions to any point in the world on short notice. The C-5A can carry its cargo over 6,400 miles.

Visiting Helicopters

We have had a few helicopters here as well. Two of them are the Boeing Vertol CH-113 Labrador and the CH-124 Sea King. The Labrador is used exclusively in search and rescue. It holds twin engines and can stay airborne for five hours. It also has a top speed of 240 km/ph. Labrador helicopters are in service from coast to coast at CFB Gander, CFB Trenton and CFB Comox. The CH-124 Sea King is a twin turbine powered anti-submarine warfare chopper (ASW) which operates off the flight deck of a destroyer escort vessel. This aircraft can carry a crew of four and 840 lbs.

During the number of Harmon Field Days we have had, numerous types of aircraft have visited us. Most of these aircraft have been here before during the operational days of Harmon Air Force Base. They will visit us again in the summer of 1998, and every second summer after. Excitement and amazement are common emotions that many visitors experience during these great days. We look forward to the skies over Stephenville coming alive again with the blaze of afterburners and roar of aircraft engines.

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