Welcome to the Royal Canadian Air Force
Radar, a new technology in the late 1930s, was key to winning the Battle of Britain and, eventually, the Second World War.
It became clear by October 1940 that there were not enough personnel to meet the need. Canada agreed to provide the British with trained radar mechanics and officers. By 1944, one third of RAF personnel working on radars were actually RCAF and, in total, about 6,000 RCAF personnel were radar specialists.
The Royal Canadian Air Force supports the Government of Canada in fulfilling the Canadian Armed Forces’ three key defence roles: defending Canada by delivering excellence at home, defending North America by being a strong, reliable and credible defence partner with the United States in the defence of the continent, and contributing to international peace and security by projecting leadership abroad.
Wings Across Canada
1 Wing Kingston • 2 Wing Bagotville • 3 Wing Bagotville • 4 Wing Cold Lake • 5 Wing Goose Bay
8 Wing Trenton • 9 Wing Gander • 12 Wing Shearwater • 14 Wing Greenwood • 15 Wing Moose Jaw
16 Wing Borden • 17 Wing Winnipeg • 19 Wing Comox • 22 Wing North Bay
Mission and Vision
The Air Force will provide the Canadian Forces with relevant, responsive and effective airpower to meet the defence challenges of today and into the future.
An agile and integrated air force with the reach and power essential for Canadian Forces operations.
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