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The Empire Club © 2019 | All Rights Reserved

Vladimir Putin

Gibson, Hon. Colin

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Outlining Canada's plans for the future of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Some history of the Canadian Air Force, less than 30 years old. Canadians in the First World War joining the Royal Flying Corps, the Royal Naval Air Service, and later, the Royal Air Force overseas. The names of 1,500 officers and men that appear in the Book of Remembrance in the Memorial Chamber at Ottawa. Modernizing defence towards the end of the First World War. Organizing a Canadian Air Force. The Royal Canadian Air Force becoming a permanent Force in April, 1924. Development and expansion in the years before 1939. How the Force contributed to the development of Canada and the advancement of our Canadian civilization. Activities of the R.C.A.F., including surveying and providing medical service in the North. Facts and figures of expansion. The formation of the Auxiliary Air Force in 1933. Developing and administering the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Details of the Training Plan. A detailed description of what these trained men did during the war, in many parts of the world, with details of campaigns. The increasing strength of the R.C.A.F. from slightly over 4,000 to a peak of over 206,000. A Canadian contingent which made up approximately 20% of the R.A.F. operational squadrons. A look at what this contribution meant to the war, and its outcome. The future of the R.C.A.F. The need to maintain defence with three elements: Army, Navy, and Air Force. The increasing importance of the Air Force in those three elements, to ward off first strikes. Defensive and offensive weapons. The size of Canada's peacetime Force; how large should it be? A consideration of several factors. Details of the composition of Canada's Air Force. Maintaining a balanced force capable of rapid expansion in time of need, and providing some measure of protection when the enemy first strikes. Costs and benefits. Details of research being carried out by the R.C.A.F. Progress in aircraft development. Canada making its contribution to the United Nations Organization. The need for co-operation with other countries for defence.