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Senior Airman Kris Tomes, a pararescue jumper with the 308th Rescue Squadron, does a free-fall dive from a Canadian CC-115 Buffalo aircraft over Comox, Canada, as part of training with Canadian search-and-rescue personnel.
Above, a CC-115 Buffalo aircraft drops a bundle of equipment during a search and rescue training exercise off the coast of British Columbia.
But often, as was the case during the rescue described above, fixed-wing aircraft such as the CC-115 Buffalo, CP-140 Aurora or CC-130 Hercules are also deployed to provide long-range search capabilities and immediate assistance to those in distress.
Although technically all planes and helicopters are at their disposal, Canada's air force search and rescue personnel primarily use three aircraft--Cormorant helicopters, CC 130 Hercules transport planes, and CC-115 Buffalo fixed-wing aircraft--as dedicated search and rescue planes.