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The History of the Royal Canadian Air Force

The Royal Canadian Air Force begins in 1920, when the air force was created as the Canadian Air Force (CAF).
In 1924 the CAF was renamed the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) when it was granted the royal title by King George V. While its’ first activities were aerial sureys of Canada its history culminates in its wartime service in WW II.

During the war Canadians flew bomber, fighter, recon- naissance, transport, and other missions around the world. Tens of thousands of Canadian air crew also served with Britain’s Royal Air Force and Canadian fighter aircraft participated in the epic Battle of Britain in 1940. More than 17,000 Canadian airmen perished during the war.

The RCAF existed as an independent service until 1968.


THE RCAF HALL OF TRIBUTE
The RCAF Hall of Tribute in the National Aviation Museum, Ottawa was formed by the dual role of that history, beginning with its initial aerial surveys of Canada and culminating in World War II.

A matter of height: For the fighter pilot the possession of height was the treasured benefit.


The airplane, as Antoine De Saint Exupery stated, has unveiled the true face of the earth...

“life like a little moss in the crevices of ruins, has risked precarious existence.”


The Work
The Airplane

The History of the Royal Canadian Air Force

The Royal Canadian Air Force begins in 1920, when the air force was created as the Canadian Air Force (CAF).

In 1924 the CAF was renamed the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) when it was granted the royal title by King George V. While its’ first activities were aerial sureys of Canada its history culminates in its wartime service in WW II.

During the war Canadians flew bomber, fighter, recon- naissance, transport, and other missions around the world. Tens of thousands of Canadian air crew also served with Britain’s Royal Air Force and Canadian fighter aircraft participated in the epic Battle of Britain in 1940. More than 17,000 Canadian airmen perished during the war.

The RCAF existed as an independent service until 1968.

The RCAF Hall Of Tribute 1988

THE RCAF HALL OF TRIBUTE

The RCAF Hall of Tribute in the National Aviation Museum, Ottawa was formed by the dual role of that history, beginning with its initial aerial surveys of Canada and culminating in World War II.

A matter of height: For the fighter pilot the possession of height was the treasured benefit.

The RCAF Hall Of Tribute 1988

The airplane, as Antoine De Saint Exupery stated, has unveiled the true face of the earth...

“life like a little moss in the crevices of ruins, has risked precarious existence.”