In 2016, Viking acquired the Type Certificates (manufacturing rights) for the Canadair CL-215, CL-215T, and CL-415 aircraft. Visit our Customer Support Page for more support and spares details.
The CL-215 was designed as a specialist firebomber, particularly suited to heavily forested regions. The resulting amphibious aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp R-2800 radial engines and is capable of scooping up 5455 litres (1200 Imp gal/1440 US gal) of water in 12 seconds from a water source. The CL-215 Series 1 aircraft first flew on October 23, 1967 and the first delivery was to the French Civil Protection agency in June 1969.
Production of piston powered CL-215’s continued through 1990 ending with the Series 5 aircraft standard.
Originally the subsequent CL-215T was to be a simple turboprop powered development of the piston powered CL- 215. Canadair converted two aircraft in 1989 to act as development and technical demonstrator aircraft. The first of these flew on June 8 that year. Retrofit kits for piston CL-215 aircraft to the new “T” standard were offered, but Canadair elected not to continue with “T” Kits as the internal business case favored new production over conversion and instead developed the CL-415.
The CL-415 was developed from the piston powered CL-215 Series 5 aircraft in combination with the advances from the “T” conversion program.
Additional improvements over the CL-215, which first appeared on the CL-215T, include winglets and finlets, higher operating weights, an increased capacity firebombing system, (1621 US gal from 1440 US gal) and the addition of a foam injection system.
Canadair CL-215T vs CL-415
A 215T will carry the same load and perform similar to a CL-415
The major external difference is the CL-215T has a 2 door bomb bay while the CL-415 has a 4 door bomb bay (which is better, is debated continually by the world wide operator base). The primary internal difference between the CL-415 over the CL-215T is an EFIS avionics suite in the CL-415