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Canadian Participation in the Royal Flying Corps

Canadian Participation in the Royal Flying Corps

Photos by contributor Colin Old - Posted December 2018

Canadian Participation in the Royal Flying Corps

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
11 Aviation Pkwy


Coordinates: N 45 27.487 W 75 38.688

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Plaque Text

More than 22,000 Canadians joined the British flying services during the First World War, many of them drawn to the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) by patriotism, the hope for adventure, or the romance of flight. They made a significant contribution to the war effort and many lost their lives in combat or accidents. In 1917-1918, the RFC, ran a training program in Canada, were the construction of large-scale aerodromes and hundreds of aircraft signalled the beginning of the air age. After the war, veteran airmen found employment at fledgling airlines or joined the Royal Canadian Air Force following its establishment in 1924.

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