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.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Birth of the RCAF

On Jan. 1, 1923, the Department of National Defence was born with the amalgamation of the Department of Naval Services, the Department of Militia and Defence, and the Air Board.
On March 12, His Majesty King George V bestowed the designation "Royal" on the CAF but the Royal Canadian Air Force had to wait one year later, until April 1, 1924, to become a professional full-time service.
The RCAF began with 66 officers and 194 non-commissioned members in the Permanent Active Air Force (similar to today's Regular Force) and four officers in the Non-Permanent Active Air Force (similar to the Reserve Force).
April 1, 1924 has been celebrated ever since as the birthday of the Air Force.

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.

CANADIAN AIR FORCE - ORDERS OF BATTLE

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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Y2K Spitfie Project

The aim of this project is to return this celebrated World War II aircraft to flying condition in the exact colours depicting 442 Squadron's famous Spitfire with the identifiers "Y2K". The restoration work is expected to take over five years to complete, but there is no shortage of enthusiastic volunteers. A dedicated Heritage Hangar has been constructed for the Spitfire refurbishment.

External Linkhttp://www.y2kspitfire.com


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NATO Flying Training in Canada

NATO Flying Training in Canada combines basic, advanced and fighter leadin training to produce a comprehensive fighter pilot training program. NFTC offers high standards of quality and a means of forecasting and managing fighter pilot training costs.

External Linkhttp://www.nftc.net/


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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:

External Linkwww.6grouprcaf.com/

No. 439 Squadron (Unofficial) Hompage

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

External Link www.thisisme.ca/439squadron/