Boeing Vertol CH-113/113A Labrador/Voyageur Pictures

In 1963, the Boeing Vertol 107 was selected by both the Royal Canadian Air Force (SAR) and the Canadian Army (heavy lift). The RCAF version, designated, the `Labrador' features external aux. tanks and IFR instrumentation, a requirement for the SAR mission. The CH-113A, not requiring IFR for the support role it was intended for, opted for a small set of instrumentation and additional glazing in the nose for increased forward vision, for tactical operations in the field. It also did not carry the external aux. tanks, but did have an APU mounted in the extreme rear fuselage, at the base of the fin, again intended operations in remote locations.

In 1968, with the integration of Canada's three military services, into the Canadian Armed Forces, the Army relinquished it's air operations to the Air Force, thus the CH-113a became generally accepted as the CH-113 `Labrador.' Throughout the years, all CH-113's have undergone continuing modifications (SARCUP) to increase their mission capabilities. Part of the program was to bring the CH-113A up to the CH-113 standards, while incorporating the CH-113A APU, onto the CH-113. Today, the two types are almost indistinguishable to the casual observer, and indeed, the name `Voyageur' officially no longer applies (hence the notation throughout this walkaround as it being ``the airframe formerly known as the `Voyageur'!''), but external differences do exist. One readily noticeable is that the `Voyageur' still retains the additional glazing in the cockpit.

The CH-113 walkaround is divided into three segments the `Labrador', the (airframe formerly known as the) CH-113A `Voyageur', and finally the `common thread' between them.

For the sake of clarity, when referring to differences between the two airframes (throughout various points in this walkaround), we will refer to each by the original RCAF and Canadian Army designations; CH-113 `Labrador' and CH-113A `Voyageur', respectively.

Our thanks to Scott Hemsley and Gord Ireland for allowing us to use their photos.

We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of 424 Squadron, CFB Trenton and in particular Captains Gord Ireland and Paul Spaleta for the opportunity to photograph the squadron's CH-113's.

NOTE: Click on the photos for a larger view

CH-113 `Labrador'
CH-113A (formerly) `Voyageur'
Common elements between the 'Labrador' and `Voyageur'