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 Clunk"

The CF-100 Canuck is the only in-service fighter aircraft to date designed and built entirely in Canada. It was in service from 1952 until 1981. It became known as the "Clunk". Some say it received the moniker because of the noise the front landing gear made as it retracted into its well after takeoff. Others say it was because the aircraft was too strong and thus too heavy for its original role as an all-weather fighter interceptor.

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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Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre

The Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre is dedicated to the preservation of Canadian aviation history.

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421 RCAF Squadron

This web site is dedicated to the men who served in 421 Red Indian Squadron of the RCAF in World War II, and particularly to those who fought in the Battle of Normandy. But it has two faces one is the background, history, and experiences of the men in 421 RCAF Squadron, and the other is the backdrop of the Battle of Normandy.

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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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