This is the current ensign of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Created in 1924 shortly after the First World War, Canada's air force is known primarily for hitting well above its weight. The air force's Commander-in-chief is Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, represented by Governor General, Julie Payette. From its haydays in the fifties, to 1968, when forces unification dropped 'Royal' from its name and introduced common green uniforms to all three branches - probably the best example ever of how politicians can be completely out of touch with the nation's military. Thankfully, the air force became 'Royal' again in 2011. During the Second World War, the RCAF showed time and time again how Canada's airmen were every bit as aggressive as its troops on the ground. During the war years, Canada became the training ground for most Commonwealth air forces as bases sprung up all over the country; some literally overnight. During the Cold War, numerous RCAF squadrons were based all over Europe. Their tactical nuclear weapons complemented the nuclear armed Voodoo interceptors based in Canada. The Maritime Command branch of the air force became world famous in their ability to hunt down submarines during this time, primarily with the incredible Canadair CP-107 Argus long range patrol aircraft, along with the stubby little Grumman CP-121 Tracker, and ship based Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King anti-submarine helicopters. Sadly, the air force missed acquiring the ultimate fighter interceptor when the incredibly advanced Avro CF-105 Arrow was cancelled. Emotions still run high now when the topic is brought up amongst aircraft fans. The current RCAF motto is 'Sic itur ad astra'
'Such is the pathway to the stars' while from 1924-68 it was 'Per ardua ad astra'
'Through adversity to the stars', and the march is
'RCAF March Past'. Visit the Royal Canadian Air Force's website at
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