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Royal Air Force assists Tshikapisk with delivery of building materials and heavy items to Kamestastin
Posted 08 January 2006, 2:06 pm NST
In the summer of 2003 Wing Commander Quentin D'Arcy, commanding officer at the RAF Unit at Goose Bay, kindly offered to approach 2 Group at RAF Lyneham with a request for air transport assistance to Tshikapisk Foundation.

RAF Lyneham is the base for many of the RAF Hercules transport aircraft.
Fortunately the people at Lyneham liked the idea of delivering stores to the remote Tshikapisk camp and in January 2004 3 Hercules transport took off from Goose Bay loaded with many tons of building materials and items donated byRAF unit Goose Bay and headed north for the 220 mile flight to Kamestastin.

In temperatures which hovered around -35 the Hercules crews descended to 500 feet as they approached the Tshikapisk camp and the rear ramp door opened. The cargo crews then rolled the loads out through the ramp as the parachutes deployed. In this way a large quantity of building materials and other stores were safely delivered to the frozen surface of Kamestastin.

In January 2005 the opportunity arose again when the RAF offered to repeat the delivery of stores to Kamestastin.

On both occasions the Canadian Armed Forces provided helicopter support from 444 Squadron at Goose Bay.

Please see the Gallery section for photographs of the RAF Hercules parachute deliveries to Kamestastin.
 
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