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Canadian pilots respond to crisis in Kosovo

On June 2, 1999, intense diplomatic negotiations began in the Balkans, bringing to an end 78 days of military bombing in Kosovo, in which Royal Canadian Air Force pilots took part. In 1989, Serbian president Slobodan Milošević repealed constitutional autonomy of the province of Kosovo; Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians, who had long suffered persecution by...
  • German warplane recovered to tell its story

    August 28, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    Six weeks into the Battle of Britain, on Aug. 26, 1940, a squadron of nine German aircraft headed across the English Channel to wreak havoc on an airfield in Kent, an area known at the time as Hellfire Corner for the ferocious fighting that went...
  • The near-sinking of HMS Nabob

    August 22, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In the opening years of the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy quickly recognized how useful naval airpower could be in the battle to keep the convoy lifeline to Britain safe from Nazi submarines, battleships and aircraft. Aircraft carriers could extend convoy protection to...
  • Canadians take Hill 70

    August 14, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    The Battle of Hill 70 was a 10-day Canadian Corps victory in the First World War that came at a terrible cost to both sides. It began on Aug. 15, 1917, and by the end of the first day alone, 1,056 Canadians had been killed,...
  • Escape from a burning Chinook

    August 7, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    On Aug. 5, 2010, a Canadian Chinook and two Griffon helicopters were flying typical supply missions ferrying troops and equipment between Kandahar Airfield and forward operating bases in the volatile Panjwaii district in Afghanistan. Airborne mission commander Captain William Todd Fielding was doing pre-landing checks...
  • First CF-18 enters the fleet

    July 31, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    A huge red carpet cut in the shape of a maple leaf lay on a runway in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 28, 1982. Test pilot Jack Krings landed, then taxied a CF-18 Hornet onto that carpet, stopping just a few metres from the reviewing...
  • Canadians under fire in Cyprus

    July 24, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    Canadians had already been on peacekeeping duty in Cyprus for a decade when things really got hot the summer of 1974. It did not take long after Cyprus gained independence in 1960 for tensions to escalate between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, each favouring uniting with...
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