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The "Golden" Aerobatic Teams
Department of National Defence
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.
A short history of Canada's Air Force
The 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
Orders 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.
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Canadian Aviation Museum
The Canadian Aviation Museum was formed in 1964 at RCAF Station Rockcliffe as the National Aeronautical Collection from the amalgamation of three separate existing collections. These included the National Aviation Museum at Uplands, which concentrated on early aviation and bush flying; the Canadian War Museum collection, which concentrated on military aircraft, and which included many war trophies, some dating back to World War One, and the RCAF Museum which focused on those aircraft operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force.
In 1982 the collection was renamed the National Aviation Museum and in 1988 the collection was moved to a new experimental type triangular hangar from the Second World War-era wooden hangars it had been residing in. In 2006 an additional hangar was opened, which allows all of the collections aircraft to be stored indoors.
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Canadian War Brides
The story of the Canadian war brides and their journey to Canada is one of the most fascinating and romantic of World War Two. Why nearly 45,000 British and European women would leave behind everything that was familiar to start a new life in post-war Canada is a story worth telling.
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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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