Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg
) is a Canadian Forces Base
located in Winnipeg, Manitoba
. Co-located at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
, CFB Winnipeg is home to many flight operations support divisions, as well as several training schools. It is also the 1 Canadian Air Division
Region Headquarters. The base is supported by over 3,000 military personnel and civilian employees. It is also home to the Billy Bishop
Building, which houses 1 Canadian Air Division (1 Cdn Air Div).
RCAF Station Winnipeg
Established in 1922 by the federal government's Canadian Air Board
(the Canadian Air Force was disbanded in 1920), Winnipeg was opened as an aerodrome and became known as RCAF Station Winnipeg
in 1925 after the Royal Canadian Air Force
was formed the previous year.
Initially, the base served as a winter home for units that operated across northern Manitoba. During World War II
, the base played an expanded role, participating in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan
. RCAF Station Winnipeg also became an important supply and repair depot for the air force.
Following the war, RCAF Station Winnipeg continued to provide training for pilots and navigators from many allied countries, as well as base active RCAF squadrons. The air force has long had a reserve or auxiliary presence there: No. 112 Squadron from 1932 to 1940 and then No.402 Squadron since 1946. This latter unit has used, successively, the P-51D Mustang, DH... Read More