All Fueled Up
It's not only the aircraft that needs fuel on a long cross country so the crew of a Canadian Forces CH-146 Griffon helicopter satisfied man and machine with two stops in Kenora, Ont. last week. The crew was on its way from the garrison at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton to Thunder Bay, Ont. (about 900 nm). According to the Canadian Press, the crew of the medium-sized twin-engine single rotor utility helicopter, based on the Bell 412 EP, landed at Kenora, two-thirds of the way to their destination, for fuel. There was no food available at the airport but there was a vacant ball diamond across the street from an A&W in the nearby town.
Kenora residents, who are used to the buzz of aircraft landing on Lake of the Woods and the busy airport during tourist season were nevertheless bemused by the to-go mission of the crew. "It's a huge double-door … helicopter, which you don't see landing in the middle of town every day," resident Laura Madison said. "He went in and got some A&W takeout and took off. So we're laughing because it was the strangest drive-thru we've ever seen." For the record, the crew took on a load of four Papa Burgers with cheese combos and couple of extra burgers without cheese according to server Stacey Hawes.