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.


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

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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Cold Lake Air Force Museum

The Cold Lake Air Force Museum is a military aviation museum located in Cold Lake, Alberta. The museum preserves and exhibits the heritage and history of 4 Wing Cold Lake and 42 Radar Squadron.

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CANAV Books Blog

Born in 1943, Larry Milberry has been following aviation since he was a boy. His publishing days began with writing magazine articles, and his first book appeared in 1979. Since then he has accumulated 21 titles, all but one from CANAV Books, his one-man publishing operation.

Today as one of Canada’s foremost aviation historians and among the most successful and influential publishers of Canadian aviation history, Larry continues to record Canada’s aviation history, meticulously documenting with photographs the role that aviation has played in the development of Canada. He was recognized by the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute by appointment as an Honourary Fellow. He is also a member of the Society of Honorary Snowbirds. In 2004, Larry was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.

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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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