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RIAT: 405 Squadron goes to the world’s largest air show

405 Long Range Patrol Squadron’s CP-140M Aurora, along with a crew of nine, participated in the 2019 edition of the largest airshow in the world: the Royal International Air Tattoo in the United Kingdom.
August 26, 2019

Bi-planes in a row on the ground.

The influence of Empire: A national organization and the birth of the RCAF, 1918-1924

As a result of its impressive First World War experience—where it not only contributed more than 15,000 men to the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service, but also produced some of the Empire’s top aces—Canada set out to create its own distinctive air force. In many ways, the Canadian Air Force, which existed between February 18, 1920, and April 1, 1924, was the product of frustration . . .
August 23, 2019

Under a blue sky, a young man wearing a dark blue flight suit and cap stands on the wing of a fighter aircraft with a decoratively painted tail and gives a thumbs-up.

Salmon Arm cadet has experiences of a lifetime

Cadet Warrant Officer First Class Nicholas Lourens, from Salmon Arm, British Columbia, is spending the summer of 2019 learning to fly.
August 22, 2019

A person hangs suspended on a tether from a large helicopter flying near snow-covered, mountainous terrain.

Investments in modernizing and increasing the CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue fleet

Investments in the CH-147 Cormorant helicopter fleet, announced on August 22, 2019, will see the fleet augmented by a minimum of two helicopters. The fleet will undergo upgrades and enhancements that will extend the life of the aircraft to at least 2042.
August 22, 2019

Military personnel climb a staircase and enter a large airplane.

2 Wing contingent departs for Operation Reassurance

On the morning of August 19, 2019, a contingent of approximately 60 members of 2 Air Expeditionary Wing departed Bagotville, Quebec, for Operation Reassurance in Romania. 2 Wing is sending an Air Force Activation Surge Team (AFAST) to Romania to prepare for the arrival of the Air Task Force (ATF).
August 20, 2019

Five men wearing military uniforms stand in front of an aircraft.

401 Squadron provides air cover during Dieppe raid

The RCAF’s 401 Squadron was one of nine Canadian squadrons that took part in Operation Jubilee—the raid on Dieppe, France—on August 19, 1942.
August 19, 2019

Two people wearing olive green flight suits and helmets push a yellow and orange buoy off the ramp of a cargo aircraft flying over ice and snow.

Dropping meteorological buoys in the Arctic

In July 2019, 413 Search and Rescue Squadron successfully completed the 2019 Arctic Buoy Drop to augment the meteorological network already in place in the Arctic.
August 16, 2019

A vintage head-and-shoulders photograph of a young man wearing a military uniform, including tunic, tie and peaked hat. There are wings on the tunic near the lapel.

Dieppe profile of courage: John Edwin Gardiner

Pilot Officer John Gardiner was born in Saskatchewan on July 8, 1919. He and his wingman died during Operation Jubilee when their Spitfires collided in the sky while being attacked by a German fighter. They are buried side by side in France.
August 16, 2019

A large aircraft in flight.

Tactical Airlift Detachment deploying to Uganda to support United Nations’ peace operations

Canada will provide the United Nations with tactical airlift support out of Entebbe, in Uganda, during the next 12 months, beginning as early as August 2019. The Tactical Airlift Detachment will consist of a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130J Hercules aircraft, operated and supported by up to 25 Canadian Armed Forces members.
August 15, 2019

Vintage photo of a young man wearing a military uniform, including “wedge” cap, tunic and tie.

Dieppe profile of courage: Stirling David Banks

Stirling David Banks was born on April 7, 1923, in Popular Grove, Prince Edward Island. His life would end 19 short years later, lost when his Hurricane aircraft went down during Operation Jubilee, the disastrous raid on Dieppe.
August 14, 2019

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