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Major William G. Barker stands in front of a Sopwith Camel, circa 1918.

Department of National Defence (DND)

Major William G. Barker stands in front of a Sopwith Camel, circa 1918.

A CH-147D Chinook stops to refuel in Afghanistan in 2010.

Sergeant Daren Kraus

A CH-147D Chinook stops to refuel in Afghanistan in 2010.

Canada as a country is singularly indebted to aviation, which opened up our North and remains an essential lifeline to many areas of this vast dominion.

From the moment Canadian airmen first flew with the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service, the Royal Canadian Air Force has continuously evolved to meet current and future challenges, resulting in a rich heritage and history.

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