Canadian Wings | The History & Heritage of the Royal Canadian Air Force

Welcome to my privately run, unofficial website designed to tell the history of the Royal Canadian Air Force. This site is not affiliated with, nor endorsed by, the Department of National Defence or the Air Force Association of Canada and as such we cannot provide, nor do we have access to, official information on behalf of the Canadian Forces. This includes personnel records and/or other personal information. It is maintained by myself during my (limited) spare time so please read the Terms of Use. I hope you enjoy the experience and visit again soon.


The Lancaster

With its four powerful Merlin engines, the Lancaster was arguably the heavy bomber of the war. It was not as well armed as the U.S. B-17 Flying Fortress but, with a 14,000 pound bomb load, the "Lanc" packed a heavier bombing punch: about two and one half tons more than the American B-17G Flying Fortress. It also carried the famous "dam buster" bombs used against targets in the Ruhr Valley, Germany. The Lancaster was instrumental in defeating Nazi industry on the ground during the peak years of the Second World War.

A short history of Canada's Air Force

History of the RCAFThe first Candian Air Force was formed in 1918, read more about the evolution of Canada's Air from the early days of aviation to the high tech air force of today.


History of the RCAFOrders of Battle give a snapshot of the strength and disposition of the air force at selected points in history. The following should present the reader with a good representation of how Canada's Air Force has changed over the years.

Candian Forces Snowbirds

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Air Force Heritage Museum and Air Park

The Air Force Heritage Museum is located inside the Headquarters of Canada's Air Force in Winnipeg, MB. The museum contains mainly rare artifacts including two Victoria Crosses and one of only twelve remaining Battle of Britain Lace Tapestries in the World. This Tapestry is made up of over 26,000 miles of the finest Egyptian Cotton and is the only example in the world where the entire Tapestry can be seen by visitors.
The Heritage Park consists of 17 aircraft on permanent year round display, making this the largest park of it's kind in Canada.

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426 "Thunderbird" Squadron Association

A short (unoficial) history of 426(Thunderbird) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force

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British Commonwealth Air Training Plan

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The Battle of Britain

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No. 6 (RCAF) Group

Looking for Richard Koval's site on the the RCAF's No. 6 Bomber Group, follow this link to his new site:


No. 439 Squadron (Unofficial) Hompage

Looking for Mike Melnick's page on No. 439 Squadron, follow this link to his new site:

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