15 Wing Moose Jaw

15 Wing, headquartered in Moose Jaw, is the centre of RCAF aircrew training and is comprised of 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School (CFFTS) and 431 Air Demonstration Squadron (CF Snowbirds) both located in Moose Jaw, SK, and 3 CFFTS located in Portage la Prairie, MB. The Wing is the principal site of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) and Contracted Flight Training and Support (CFTS) programs. 15 Wing is responsible for seven different aircraft platforms that include: CT-156 Harvard II, CT-155 Hawk, CT-114 Tutor, CH-139 Jet Ranger, Bell 412 CF, Grob 120A and C90B King Air. 

Of the approximately 130,000 yearly flying hours flown by the RCAF each year, 15 Wing flies approximately 40,000 hours. 30% of the total RCAF annual flying hours. 15 Wing training schools are centres of excellence thanks to the staff and Canadian and NATO Qualified Flying Instructors who dedicate their time to ensuring that students receive every opportunity to develop throughout their training and they successfully produce some of the best aircrew in the world.

The Wing Commander of 15 Wing Moose Jaw also holds the title of Military Director of the NATO Flying Training in Canada program and is responsible for the ab initio training of all RCAF Pilots. 15 Wing graduates on average 110 qualified winged pilots per year between 2 CFFTS and 3 CFFTS. 2 CFFTS produces Jet and Instructor pilots and 3 CFFTS produces Rotary (helicopter) and Multi-Engine pilots.15 Wing and the NFTC and CFTS programs play a critical role in preparing future aircrew to meet the operational challenges they will face at their units and during deployments. All RCAF pilots pass through these programs on their way to earning their wings. The NFTC program provides Canada with a welcome opportunity to work and train closely with NATO partners to the great benefit of NATO Air Force operations. Currently, there are NATO countries participating in the program as students or instructors from Singapore, the United-Kingdom and Hungary.

History

The NFTC and CFTS programs are based on the long and proud Canadian tradition of assisting in training and developing pilots of allied countries which dates back to the First World War and continuing with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. As No. 32 Service Flying Training School, Moose Jaw airfield trained over 1,200 pilots for World War Two during the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. The plan saw pilots from across the commonwealth come to train in Canada which was ideal for aircrew training due to the distance from Europe and sparsely populated training areas.

Read more about the history of 15 Wing Moose Jaw.

Squadrons

Equipment

Wing badge

"Serving the Future"

Significance: The moose on the badge pay tribute to the City of Moose Jaw. The Wing is located 4 nautical miles south of the city.

Command team

Colonel Ron Walker

Colonel Ron Walker, CD1

Chief Warrant Officer Marlene Shillingford

Chief Warrant Officer Marlene Shillingford, MMM, CD

Wing news

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November 19, 2018

A group of pilots of No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron walk towards the camera from a Hawker Hurricane after returning from a fighter sortie on October 24, 1940.

Battle of Britain profile of courage: John Alexander Kent and the RAF’s Polish fighter pilots

In 1940, John Alexander Kent, a Canadian, was posted to RAF Northolt as a flight commander with the Royal Air Force’s newly-formed No. 303 Polish Squadron.
September 12, 2019

An elderly man wearing a jacket, tie and beret and a young man wearing a military uniform stand side by side and salute.

RCAF to mark 79th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

Ceremonies commemorating the Battle of Britain will be held across the country on Sunday, September 15, 2019.
September 11, 2019

A head and shoulders photo of a man wearing a military tunic with tie. Near his left lapel are wings and several military medal ribbons.

Last Canadian Battle of Britain pilot “slips the surly bonds of earth”

John Stewart Hart, the last surviving Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, died in June 2019 at the age of 102.
September 9, 2019

During the Battle of Britain parade held on Parliament Hill on September 16, 1956, the colour party marches past the saluting base in front of the Peace Tower.

The origins of the Battle of Britain ceremony

Each year, on the third Sunday of September, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) celebrates Battle of Britain Sunday. But what was the original purpose behind the ceremony, and when did it start?
September 8, 2019

Contact information

15 Wing Moose Jaw
PO Box 5000
Moose Jaw SK  S6H 7Z8

Public Affairs Officer

Phone: 306-694-2823
Fax: 306-339-8120
Email: 15wingpao@forces.gc.ca