USAF 512th Airlift Wing trains with CF 8 Wing

C-17s from 8 Wing/429 Sqn (left, background) and 512AW/326AS (right, foreground) on the ramp at CFB Trenton.

C-17s from 8 Wing/429 Sqn (left, background) and 512AW/326AS (right, foreground) on the ramp at CFB Trenton.

This seems like a good idea, especially since our TATEX routes around Quinte and near Petawawa offer some training flexiblity that may be lacking in the VR/IR/SR military training routes on the more densely-populated US east coast.

8/26/2009 – DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) — Reservists here visited members of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 8 Wing at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario, Aug. 22 through 24 as part of an effort to initiate a sister squadron program.

Airmen with Dover’s 512th Airlift Wing hoped to forge a partnership with the Canadian airmen and identify training opportunities for flying, aerial port operations, airlift control and maintenance procedures.

A C-17 Globemaster III and 10 members from the 326th Airlift Squadron, the 46th Aerial Port Squadron, the 512th Airlift Control Flight and the 712th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flew to the Canadian base, two miles northeast of Trenton, Ontario, to meet with active-duty members of the 429 Transport Squadron and 2 Air Movements Squadron.Lt. Col. Craig LaFave, the 326th AS commander, said he came up with the idea of pairing up with the Canadians while working as the 512th AW program integration officer as the 326th AS transitioned to the C-17 in 2007 and 2008.

Much like the 326th AS, the 429 TS has been flying the C-17 since the summer of 2007.

The 429 TS is part of the 8 Wing, which is the heart of Canada’s air mobility forces and is at one of the largest air force bases in Canada.  According to the unit’s Web site, In addition to the C-17, 8 Wing aircrews also fly the CC-130 Hercules, the CC-150 Polaris, the CH-149 Cormorant tactical transport search and rescue helicopter and the CC-144 Challenger.

— Losurdo, Capt. Marnee A.C.  “Dover reservists work to form Canadian sister squadron program.”  512th Airlift Wing Public Affairs, 26 August 2009.

While some may be churlish and point out that the Royal Canadian Air Force hasn’t been called that since 1968, as a monarchist and history buff I find it odd but also charming that 512AW defaults to our former nomenclature.  Possibly they remember our former deeds, and not our more recent decades of chronic underfunding and shrinking capabilities.

UPDATE 170652Z DEC 2011:  On August 16th, 2011, the government has decided to give CF Air Command its old RCAF nomenclature once again; obsoleting the latter half of this post.

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