Nfld. & Labrador

Lack of interest nixes Labrador supersonic flight plan

The Canadian military has dropped a plan to fly supersonic flights over Labrador because it has been unable to attract allied forces that want to carry out air combat training, a source tells CBC News.
A U.S. military aircraftbreaks the sound barrier in the skies over the Pacific Ocean. (John Gay/ Wikimedia Commons)

The Canadian military has dropped a plan to fly supersonic aircraft over Labrador because it has been unable to attract allied forces that want to carry out air combat training, a source tells CBC News.

The military hasn’t spoken publicly about why an application it had filed with the province's department of the environment has been withdrawn.

The Goose Bay air base, in central Labrador, has had little success convincing allied forces to train in Labrador.

Since the Germans pulled out in 2006, there has been only limited and sporadic training at the facility.

A source on the base said DND is backing away from the supersonic flight plan is because there is simply no demand to do air to air combat training.

Without the promise of allied forces coming to Labrador to train, it didn’t make sense to spend a lot of time and money on the full environmental assessment the province wanted before allowing the flying, they said.