To celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force (RAF), school and cadet groups across Eastern Ontario and Western Québec are having an exclusive opportunity to learn about how pilots from the British and Canadian armed forces continue to work together to support peace and security around the world.
With inspiring future generations being such a big theme of RAF100 celebrations, the United Kingdom’s Naval and Air Attaché to Canada, Commander Neil Marriott of the Royal Navy, called on Ottawa-based RAF exchange officers Squadron Leader Drew Anderson and Squadron Leader Andy Wilson to offer a series of informative and exciting visits for school and youth groups, in partnership with volunteer group Vintage Wings of Canada.
During each session, 30 teenagers have been invited to visit Vintage Wings’ impressive aircraft collection at the Gatineau Airport, where they receive an informal presentation on the history of the RAF by current Air Force service members. They also learn about Canada’s role in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan during the Second World War, and how the RAF and RCAF continue to cooperate today.
At least seven school and cadet groups have been participating in the “ground schools”, including trips planned for the coming weeks.
“We’ve got a fantastic opportunity here to help the next generation learn a little bit of our shared history while at the same time maybe inspiring some of them to consider a career in aerospace,” said RAF Squadron…