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 "Golden" Aerobatic Teams

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Before the Snowbirds and the Golden Centennaires aerobatic teams, the gilded F-86 Sabres flown by the Golden Hawks team thrilled the world and ruled Canadian air shows. The team was formed in 1959 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of powered flight in Canada as well as the 35th anniversary of the RCAF. However, their popularity and the support of then-Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshall Hugh Campbell extended their existence past 1959 and the team performed 317 shows until the flight ended in 1963 with a final show in Montreal, Que. The Golden Hawks captivated audiences by flying low, raising their canopies and waving at the crowd! Now that's showmanship.

Today, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron - the Snowbirds - carry on the tradition of the Golden Hawks and Centennaires.

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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National Air Force Museum of Canada

The National Air Force Museum of Canada, formerly known as the RCAF Memorial Museum, is an aviation museum dedicated to preserving the history of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and is located near CFB Trenton in Trenton, Ontario.
Opened April 30, 1984 on the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the RCAF, it is home to a large collection of RCAF aircraft and artifacts.

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In Memory of William Russell "Rus" Sloan

"The squadrons thundered off the ground tirelessly. Off they pelted those glorious, radiant boys. We were with them in sound and spirit but that feeling of lead in the stomach when they failed to return was all too familiar. There were so many and all of them so young and such a wicked, wicked waste. I mourned them then, now and forever..."

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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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