419 Tactical Fighter Training Squadron

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Significance: The moose, representing the squadron's nickname, is a fierce fighter indigenous to Canada. The motto is in Cree.

419 Squadron was disbanded on 25 June 1995.

419 Tactical Fighter (Training) Squadron was reactiviated 23 July 2000 to conduct Phase IV of the NATO Flying Training Canada (NFTC) program for Canada, Denmark, Italy, Singapore and the Royal Air Force. This program prepares future fighter pilots for training on CF-18 class aircraft and includes Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground combat operational procedures. Since 2000, a number of other countries have signed on to the program and interest continues to increase.

Students in NFTC initially fly the CT-156 Harvard II before changing to the CT-155 Hawk in Moose Jaw and moving on to 4 Wing Cold Lake. At 419 Squadron, students continue to fly the Hawk in the Fighter Lead-in Program. Following graduation from the NFTC program, Canadian students join 410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron at 4 Wing for initial training on the CF-18. International pilots return to their respective countries to continue their fighter pilot training.

NFTC is a joint program with training offered by the Royal Canadian Air Force with CAE providing the aircraft maintenance and flight simulator support.

The NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) project was designed in a collaborative fashion by DND and an industry team led by the Bombardier Inc, with the express goals of both meeting CAF requirements and attracting foreign participation. CAE took over NFTC training from Bombardier on October 1, 2015. NFTC is designed as a collective or joint training program with CAF and other nations' students receiving training and military instruction provided by all participating nations on a pro rata basis.”

NFTC will provide both Canada and her allies with a pilot training capability for the next 20 years. It is quite likely that the program capacity will increase in the future when Canada's allies see the quality of pilot graduates from NFTC. Canada's outstanding reputation for pilot training dates back to World War II and the Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and is now poised to continue well into the twenty-first century with NFTC.



MOOSA ASWAYITA - "Beware of the moose"


The complete squadron history can be found on the Department of National Defence's Directorate of History and Heritage webpage.

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419 Tactical Fighter Training Squadron
4 Wing/CFB Base Cold Lake