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8 Wing CFB Trenton


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Economic Development
he City of Quinte West
7 Creswell Drive
P.O. Box 490
Trenton, ON K8V 5R6

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Tel: (613) 392-2841
Toll-free: 1-866-485-2841
Fax: (613) 392-5608
TTY: (613) 965-6849

Linda Lisle
Manager of Economic Development
(613) 392-2841 x 4477

Christina Edwards-Scott
Economic Development Coordinator
(613) 392-2841 x 4416

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) operates the majority of its fixed-wing tactical airlift and all of its strategic airlift aircraft from CFB Trenton.

CFB Trenton

CFB Trenton plays a key support role for the National Search and Rescue Program, being home to Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton (JRCC Trenton) which is jointly staffed by the RCAF and Canadian Coast Guard personnel who have
responsibility for coordinating aircraft and marine rescue incidents in central and Arctic Canada. The RCAF also operates the Canadian Mission Control Centre (CMCC) from the base, which is tasked with monitoring the Cospas-Sarsat system that detects transmissions from emergency locating beacons on aircraft or marine vessels in distress through Canada's search and rescue area of responsibility.

The Canadian Army also operates the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre, formerly known as the Canadian Parachute Centre.


Aircraft8 Wing operates several aircraft types, including CC-130 Hercules, CC-150 Polaris and CC-177 Globemaster III transport aircraft, the CH-146 Griffon search and rescue helicopters, and the CC-144 Challenger VIP transport aircraft. The Challenger
fleet, used to fly the Governor General, members of the Royal family (when visiting Canada), the Prime Minister and members of the federal cabinet, is based at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport but supported from CFB Trenton.

Current Squadrons Under 8 Wing Include:

  • .424 Transport and Rescue Squadron (424 Tiger Squadron)
  • -Flying the CC-130E/H and CH-146
  • 426 Transport Training Squadron (426 Thunderbird
  • Squadron) - Training for CC-130H, CC-150, CH-146
  • 429 Transport Squadron (429 Bison Squadron)
  • Flying the CC-177
  • 436 Transport Squadron (436 Tusker Squadron)
  • Flying the CC-130J
  • 437 Transport Squadron (437 Husky Squadron)
  • Flying the CC-150
  • 412 Transport Squadron - Flying the CC-144 (Ottawa, ON)
  • 2 Air Movement Squadron (2 Air Mov Sqn)
  • 8 Air Communications and Control Squadron (8 ACCS)
  • 8 Air Maintenance Squadron (8 AMS)

Hangar 1, state-of-the-art maintenance facility for the CC-177 Globemaster III, was recently constructed. Another maintenance facility for the strategic airlift fleet, Hangar 6 along Highway 2, is currently under construction.

Economic Impact on the Community

Currently there are approximately 3,200 regular force, 600 reserve force and 500 civilian members who make-up the workforce at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton. Living in many of the communities located in the Quinte Region, members and their families comprise many of the 43,000 City of Quinte West and 50,000 City of Belleville residents. 8 Wing is the largest employer in the Quinte Region with an annual payroll of more than $110 Million, creating a significant economic impact in the local economy



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