Coming in cold!
A Canadian Armed Forces Bell CH-146 Griffon coming in to land during a winter exercise. The Bell CH-146 Griffon is a multi-role utility helicopter of the Huey family, designed by Bell Helicopter Textron as a variant of the Bell 412EP for the Canadian Armed Forces. The CH-146 is used in a wide variety of roles, including aerial firepower, reconnaissance, search and rescue and aero-mobility tasks. It has a crew of three, can carry up to 8 fully-equipped troops, and has a cruising speed of 220–260 km/h (120–140 kn; 140–160 mph). The Griffon Limited Life Extension (GLLE) project is currently underway to extend the life of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet of 85 CH-146 Griffon helicopters to at least 2031 through upgraded engines and avionics.
Photo credit: Canadian Department of National Defence.