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6.   Major John Latulippe speaks About the CC-177 Globemaster III

Lynne Bermel, Canada's Air Force, 31/3/2008


They've heard from a dean how to run a university. A professor shared how DNA works. They've even had a scientist tell them how to improve their sleep.

But recently, members of the Peterborough United Services Institute were brought up to date on the newest aircraft in the Air Force's inventory.  On that occasion, Major John Latulippe, Deputy Commanding Officer of 429 Squadron, took the microphone as keynote speaker to talk about the CC-177 Globemaster III and what it's like to fly the big bird.

"We like to bring in a variety of speakers to mix things up for our members," says President LCol (Ret'd) Deny Ernst.  "But among our most popular are presentations by CF members.  Many of us are retired from the military and we're among its biggest supporters.

"The more informed we are of the new stuff, the better."

Maj Latulippe, who was representing the Air Force Speakers Bureau, started his talk with a quick snapshot of the history of 429 Squadron. He shared how it had grew from its roots as a bomber squadron to a tactical training unit to the transport squadron it is today.

Then he moved on to what he called the meat and potatoes' of his talk.

"The Globemaster isn't just a new aircraft. It's a whole new capability that we never had before," he said.

"We can operate in and out of semi-prepared runways. We can carry large and heavy loads. And, we can fly with night vision goggles. That gives us a huge tactical advantage when flying into threatening territory."

After logging close to 10,000 hours over the past 20 years and having participated in nearly every mission in which the CF has been involved, Major Latulippe knows a thing or two about air mobility.

"The Globemaster exceeds anything we've had before."

One audience member asked Maj Latulippe about the training it takes to become qualified to fly the CC-177 Globemaster III.

"Interestingly, most of the three-month long training is actually done in a flight simulator," Maj Latulippe told him, adding that the training took place at Altus Air Force Base in Oklohoma.

After an excess of 200 combat missions into Sarajevo and Afghanistan during his previous time aboard the CC-130 Hercules, Maj Latulippe couldn't resist ending the evening with a war story or two.

"Our membership thought his talk was just great," said LCol (Ret'd) Ernst. "We'd love to hear more."