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RCAF marks 100th anniversary of first military pilot training in Canada

March 29, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

In 2017, the Royal Canadian Air Force is marking the 100th anniversary of the first military pilot training in Canada.

The Royal Flying Corps Canada (RFCC) was established in late January 1917 to recruit and train Canadians for service in the RFC during the First World War. The first purpose-built and largest military aerodrome was constructed at Camp Borden, near Barrie, Ontario, in little more than two months. The first cadets arrived there for training on March 28, 1917, and the first flight took place on March 30, 1917.

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