Boeing CC-137 CC-137
The Boeing 707 was the most successful and versatile of the early jet airliners. The Canadian Forces acquired a fleet of five used Boeing 707-320C jet transports to provide long range strategic transport.
The aircraft were acquired to replace the Canadair Yukons in this same role. The aircraft were modified to a quick-change combi-configuration allowing the rapid change of passenger, cargo or combi-configurations.
Passenger - normally 170 seated but 212 may be installed by reducing seat spacing. More passengers may be carried in a critical situationsuch as the Pakistan evacuation where 241 were acommodated.
Configuration times varied from 4-20 hours depending on the previous configuration and the availability of personnel. No commercial carrier in the world had the capability of these varied configurations. This was facilitated by the installation of reinforced flooring and large dimension loading hatches. VIP interior configurations were also introduced and two aircraft (137703 & 137704) were adapted as long range strategic refuelers by the installation of wing-tip mounted Fletcher-Sergeant "probe and drogue" refueling pods
The CF 707's were retired in 1996 in favour of used A-310 Airbus aircraft and most of the ex-CF aircraft were bought to provide either the basis or spares for the J-Stars aircraft program.