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British Commonwealth Air Training Plan
On October 10, 1939 it was announced that Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand had agreed in principle that Canada should provide a training ground for Commonwealth aircrew where, as in 1917-18, instruction could be carried out away from the actual battle zone. On December 17 the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) agreeement was signed, converting Canada into what President Roosevelt of the United States later termed the "airdrome of democracy."
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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Alberta Aviation Museum
The Alberta Aviation Museum is a museum in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It is located on-site at the Edmonton City Centre (Blatchford Field) Airport CYXD on the southwest corner of the field (11410 Kingsway Ave., Edmonton, AB T5G 0X4).
The Alberta Aviation Museum hangar is the last remaining example of a 'double-double' Second World War British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) hangar. Built in 1940-41 after 3 double hangars for RCAF Station Edmonton, it was originally the maintenance hangar for No. 16 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) and No. 2 Air Observers School (AOS). After the USA entered the Second World War it was used to service USAAF aircraft heading to Alaska until the new USAAF base opened in Edmonton. Postwar it used by No. 418 (City of Edmonton) Reserve Squadron, Pacific Western Airlines and for DEW Line construction before becoming a car dealership in the early 1960s.
Known in Edmonton as "The Hangar on Kingsway", it has been designated 'M' Hangar, Hangar #6 and later Building #14 by the Edmonton City Airport. It is now a designated municipal and provincial historic site.
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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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