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Nose Art Gallery

  Nose art on military aircraft began to be noticed prior to World War I. Art was first used as an identification feature between squadrons, or to personalize an aircraft. During World War II, nose art became a personalizing feature with homage to people places or things from “back home”. Later, art commemorating an event […]

2002 Recce meet at Florennes Air Base, Belgium

   Recce Meet 2002 was held in Belgium at the Florennes Air Base. Today, the base is home to the Belgian Air Component’s 2nd Tactical Wing, with two squadrons of F-16 Fighting Falcons. In 2002, a trio of F-16 Squadrons were based at the airfield, 1 Squadron, 349 Squadron and 350 Squadron, all flying F-16AM […]

The Royal Canadian Air Force Retires Their Buffaloes

The last operational flight of Canada’s long serving CC-115 Buffalo transports occurred on January 15, 2022. The 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, based at Comox, British Columbia, was the last operational unit in the Royal Canadian Air Force to use the De Havilland Canada Buffaloes. The type is being replaced by the new EADS CC-295 […]

Looking Back at Canada’s Shearwater International Air Shows Part 2

The last Shearwater International Air Show was held in 1997, more than two decades ago. Later shows at the military base, located a short distance northeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, continued under different names and organizations after the base was downsized. We ran a feature here in these pages in 2013; new photos have been […]