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The RCAF met its operational commitments and completed a number of important functions, appearances and historical milestones in 2016. Here, we revisit just a few of the year’s happenings.
RCAF Chief Warrant Officer Gérard Poitras discusses his long and satisfying journey to the upper ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces. By Ken Pole
The Royal Canadian Air Force appears to be headed for a period of significant renewal, with recent developments seeming to signal a restored commitment to military funding. By Martin Shadwick
RCAF Today sent pilot Robert Erdos back to Moose Jaw to relive the student experience at the “Big 2.” He discovered that nothing had changed and yet everything was different. By Robert Erdos
From its early days as a Second World War fighter base, CFB Bagotville has made important contributions to domestic and international defence. This year, the base celebrates 75 years of responding to the call. By Marc-André Valiquette
The USAF 18th Aggressor Squadron is adept at role play, offering “red air” services to prepare Western pilots for adversarial encounters. Meet the Canadian who is the unit’s fighter weapons tactics expert. By Chris Thatcher
The many important “behind the scenes” elements of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds include a small group of 431 Squadron pilots known as the Ops/Standards Cell and the Tutor SET. By Mike Luedey
Gatineau’s Vintage Wings is soaring to new heights, powered by one of its greatest assets–the humble volunteer. By Lisa Gordon
Some of the RCAF’s most defining moments from the past year were captured by DND photographers. We’ve rounded up a selection of their very best images to showcase the men and women of the RCAF in action.