Air Force
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Before they were bush pilots

The air war was the nursery of Canada’s bush flying heritage Since 1973, Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in Wetaskiwin, Alta., has honoured more than 200 individuals who contributed to the nation’s aerial achievements, progress and heritage, including pilots, executives, designers and writers. More are added each year. The Hall’s website is spartan in...
  • Air Force: The fighter pilot who hated killing

    September 23, 2015 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Stearne Tighe Edwards was a faithful friend to his fellow pilots and a respectful adversary to his enemy combatants The air war of 1914-1918 is widely seen as one of fighter pilots duelling in pristine skies high above the industrial-scale slaughter below. It is a...
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    Double duty

    August 7, 2015 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Flying veterans of one world war often served with distinction in the...
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    Canadian flyers go to war

    June 4, 2015 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Canada’s air force was born in fits and starts The first tool for military aviation was the hot air balloon, first used during the French Revolutionary Wars. In the American Civil War, both sides employed observation balloons. By 1910, the airplane had proven its capability...
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    VE-Day in Pictures

    May 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
    Timeless images of relief and joy It’s over! The guns in Europe are silent and the troops are coming home. As the news marking the Allied victory in Europe spreads from east to west, so does the...
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    In and out of Southeast Asia

    April 7, 2015 by Hugh A. Halliday
    Canada’s air force had a tentative role in defending Australia, Burma and...
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    Tiger In Waiting

    January 28, 2015 by Hugh A. Halliday
    It was called Tiger Force, but the Second World War ended before this new strategic bombing formation could roar off into the Pacific. Canadians—in the air and on the ground—were among the thousands of Commonwealth personnel who volunteered to serve against...
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