Royal Canadian Air Force Colours

Parade in the sky

Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will hold a military parade and ceremony in Nathan Phillips Square on September 1 where they will receive new Colours, which are special ceremonial flags.

As a result, people in downtown Toronto can expect to see several current and historic military aircraft in the skies on August 31 and September 1.

Aircraft from the current RCAF fleet and Second World War-era aircraft from Vintage Wings of Canada and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will conduct a “parade in the sky” to coincide with the ceremony on September 1, demonstrating past and present air force capabilities and professionalism to Canadians. A rehearsal for the flypast will take place on August 31.

This graphic illustrates the aircraft originally scheduled to participate in the flypast, and the order in which they will fly. Since the graphic was produced, the Lancaster has been replaced with a CC-129 (DC-3) Dakota and the Corsair is unable to appear. The list below has been updated accordingly.

Aircraft participation in the flypast is subject to weather and operations.


FG-1 D Corsair [not appearing]

Vintage Wings of Canada

P-51 Mustang Mk IV 

 Vintage Wings of Canada

Lancaster Mk X [not appearing]

 Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

CC-129 (DC-3) Dakota [new] Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

B-25J Mitchell Mk III

 Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

CH-147F Chinook

1 Wing Kingston
450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

CH-146 Griffon

1 Wing Kingston
430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

CH-146 Griffon

8 Wing Trenton
424 Transport and Rescue Squadron

CH-148 Cyclone

12 Wing Shearwater
Helicopter Operational Test and Evaluation Facility

CT-155 Hawk and CT-156 Harvard Il

15 Wing Moose Jaw
2 Canadian Forces FlyingTraining School

CT-142 Dash-8

17 Wing Winnipeg
402 Squadron

CC-115 Buffalo

19 Wing Comox
442 Transport and Rescue Squadron

CH-124 Sea King

12 Wing Shearwater
423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron

CP-140 Aurora

14 Wing Greenwood
404 Long Range Patrol and Training Squadron

CC-130J Hercules

8 Wing Trenton
436 Transport Squadron

CC-150 Polaris

8 Wing Trenton
437 Transport Squadron

CC-177 Globemaster Ill

8 Wing Trenton
429 Transport Squadron

2017 “Canada 150” CF-188 Demonstration Hornet


CT-114 Tutor

15 Wing Moose Jaw
431 Air Demonstration Squadron
(Canadian Forces Snowbirds)

CF-188 Hornet

3 Wing Bagotville
425 Tactical Fighter Squadron

CC-130H Hercules

17 Wing Winnipeg
435 Transport and Rescue Squadron