15 Wing Moose Jaw

15 Wing, headquartered in Moose Jaw, is the centre of Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircrew training and is comprised of 402 Squadron in Winnipeg, MB, 419 Squadron in Cold Lake, AB, 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School (CFFTS) in Moose Jaw, SK, and 3 CFFTS in Portage la Prairie, MB

Air Vice-Marshal C.M. McEwen Airfield in Moose Jaw is undoubtedly the "Home of Military Pilot Training" and for good reason.  The base is the principle site of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program and is the home of both 2 CFFTS (The Big 2) and the world-famous Canadian Forces Snowbirds military air demonstration team.

Base operations are a team effort between the Canadian Armed Forces and civilian industry. The military provides headquarters staff, military flying instructors, air traffic controllers, medical, dental and military police services. Industry provides all other support, including aircraft maintenance for the NFTC program, emergency services, grounds upkeep, airfield maintenance, food services, flight simulator and ground school instruction.

402 Sqn conducts all initial Air Combat System Officer and Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator occupation training, 419 Sqn continues pilot instruction as part of the NFTC program and 3 CFFTS provides Primary Flying Instruction to all CAF pilots and Advanced Flying Instruction to all helicopter and multi-engine pilots. 

All units focus on people, leadership, innovation and cutting edge technology to ensure 15 Wing remains an international Centre of Excellence for military aircrew training.

History

Named in honour of Air Vice-Marshal Clifford McKay McEwen of Moose Jaw whose service to our nation as a member of the Air Force spanned the decades from the First World War to the end of hostilities during the Second World War.

15 Wing can trace its roots back to the early days of the Second World War when the Moose Jaw Flying Club was contracted to train pilots for wartime service with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Within months, this program was replaced by the greatest aircrew-training program of all time - the British Commonwealth Air Training Program (BCATP) saw the construction of what is today 15 Wing: McEwen Airfield.

Established as a Royal Air Force aerodrome, it graduated more than 1200 pilots for the Air Forces of Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand during the Second World War; five of whom received the Distinguished Flying Cross for their actions.

In 1952 the mounting pressures of the Cold War resulted in the Wing being reopened to train pilots for Canada and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies utilising both single-prop Harvard and Silver Star jet training aircraft. By the mid-1960's these were replaced by the Canadian built Canadair CT-114 Tutor jet trainer which would rule the skies over Saskatchewan for the next forty years.

Early in 1970, Colonel O.B. Philp, Base Commander at then Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Moose Jaw organized an unofficial group of volunteer instructors known as the 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School Formation Team. Over the years, the Canadian Air Forces "Snowbirds" have evolved into one of the premier military aerobatics display teams in the world.

Today the Wing is the principle site of the NFTC program: An international military pilot training program that has seen pilot trainees from around the globe join their Canadian counterparts in the skies over southern Saskatchewan.

Our Contact Details

15 Wing Moose Jaw
PO Box 5000
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan S6H 7Z8

Public Affairs Officer

Phone: (306) 694-2823
Fax: (306) 694-2880
Email: 15wingpao@forces.gc.ca

All general or media enquiries, including all questions or suggestions regarding any section of the 15 Wing web site, can be addressed to the15 Wing Public Affairs officer.