Breaking New Ground—Stories from Defence Construction Breaking_new_ground - Page 71

In May 1988, technicians change an engine on a CP-140 Aurora aircraft in its newly constructed facilities at CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia. Project: The Aurora Program Ahead of their time… Technical Services, Head Office; late 1970s— With the Canadair Argus airplane having been in service George Moennich When I was Chief of Technical Services in the late 70s, guarding Canada’s coasts since 1958, the mid-1970s we had one of our first consultant-assisted contracts, on brought with them the need for a new long-range the Aurora project. The consultant, ADD, was in Halifax. maritime patrol aircraft. In July 1976, a contract worth To facilitate correspondence, we had a facsimile more than $1 billion was signed with Lockheed to machine installed in Head Office. You could actually provide the Canadian Forces with their Aurora aircraft — send sketches with this machine, and it worked well for which meant, of course, that new facilities for those the duration of the project. Once the work was done, I aircraft would be needed on the Atlantic and Pacific was asked if we should keep the machine. Although it coasts, where the new aircraft were delivered between had served us very well, my reply was negative, because May 1980 and July 1981. no one else had one in our realm of business. DCL’s Atlantic Branch witnessed what the Annual Report described as an “unprecedented increase” in workload during 1978 and 1979—the Aurora projects hit the area at the same time as the Halifax Base Development Plan, which, coupled with several other projects, not to mention a province-wide electrician’s strike, boosted the region’s work volume to a 20-year high. BREAKING NEW GROUND DEFENCE CONSTRUCTION CANADA 61