Major John Latulippe speaks About the CC-177
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
"The more informed we are of the new stuff,
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
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
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
"The Globemaster exceeds anything we've had
One audience member asked Maj Latulippe
about the training it takes to become qualified to fly the CC-177
"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."