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Market Garden Profile of Courage: Flight Lieutenant Peter William Bickford

Flight Lieutenant Peter Bickford died on the first night of Operation Market Garden, the struggle to secure “a bridge too far”. But not from enemy action—his Lancaster bomber collided with another Lancaster and the crews of both aircraft perished.
August 30, 2019

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Market Garden Profile of Courage: Flying Officer Otto Hjalmar Antoft

Otto Hjalmar Antoft’s path took him from Denmark to Nova Scotia to the skies over Arnhem during Operation Market Garden. He died when the Short Stirling aircraft on which he was a crew member was shot down during the struggle to secure “a bridge too far”.
August 29, 2019

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The RCAF and “A Bridge Too Far”

Operation Market Garden was an epic gamble aimed at ending the Second World War by Christmas 1944. It failed, and the war lasted another seven months. RCAF personnel were in the thick of it, flying transport aircraft, fighters, fighter-bombers and reconnaissance aircraft.
August 28, 2019

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RCAF technicians to compete in Toronto

Eight RCAF aircraft structures technicians from the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering will be in Toronto on the 2019 Labour Day weekend to compete in a regional Aircraft Structures Skills competition.
August 28, 2019

Seen from above, a helicopter with a stylized head of a gyrfalcon painted on its side flies over a body of water.

430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron: Proud and engaged

In spite of frequent deployments, 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron has retained its experienced personnel. Its secret? The Quebec-based unit is tight-knit, taking pride in its unique language and culture—and in a job well done.
August 27, 2019

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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

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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

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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

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