Sites related to Nato Course 5615 and the interests of members


“NATO Course 5615s” run by one-time course member David Hill

This is the home page from which this list of URLs is taken. It gives access to all the information associated with NATO Course 5615.

“Centralia, the Nato years” run by Wally Fydenchuk

Wally's site is under construction, but already has a wealth of pictures and history concerning RCAF Station Centralia, north of London, Ontario, which served numerous roles for Canada, including #1 Flying Training School (FTS), using Harvard aircraft, basic training for aircrew, and #1 Preliminary Flying Training School (PFTS) using Chipmunk aircraft.

“RCAF Station Centralia”

A short history of RCAF Sation Centralia.

Wikipedia entry on the UK 1957 Defence White Paper

As Minister of Defence, the notorious Duncan Sandys presided over the dismantling of Britain's volunteer air force, amongst other changes to Britain's defences. He claimed that the days of manned aircraft were over now that missiles ruled the skies.

Government of Canada’s most recent NATO pilot training program

In 1994, Bombardier Inc. submitted an unsolicited proposal to DND to provide a NATO Flying Training Program. This program then became the preferred option for DND to provide Canadian forces pilot training. The $3.3 Billion NATO Flying Training Canada (NFTC) program is an undergraduate and postgraduate military pilot training program offered by the Government of Canada, in cooperation with industry, to NATO and other nations seeking affordable military flying training solutions. NFTC is viewed by National Defence as a cooperative approach to training military jet pilots, based on a partnering between government and industry. Canadian and NATO air force pilots provide the flying instruction. The industry team, led by Bombardier Aerospace Defence Systems Division under a 20-year contract, provides the aircraft, training simulators, training material, airfield and site support services, aircraft maintenance services and other services. The program began operation in July 2000 but Bombardier have since pulled out of the contract and the program seems to be in limbo. The sites intended to provide information on the program (www.nftc.net/ and www.nftc.com/) no longer provide more than a blank page. (see for example http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3993/is_200309/ai_n9293966). There are plenty of hits if you Google: “nato flying training in canada”

Prior to this program, and post-dating the 1953-1959 NATO pilot training scheme of which NATO Course 5615 formed a small part, there was the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program at various locations in the US (http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/aureview/1983/Nov-Dec/danielson.html).

The “All Weather Fighter Association” (AWFA)

“The AWFA is an association of those who flew CF-100s for the RCAF. The purpose of the association is The purpose of this association is to:

The “Sabre Pilots Associationof the Air Division” (SPAADS)

“SPAADS is made up of pilots who flew the F-86 Sabre with Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons in Europe, with NATO, from 1951 to 1963.”

The “Jetwarbird” Training Centre

“Any pilot with a current medical can fly a one hour instructional flight (usually in the front seat) or train toward a jet warbird type rating. We have trained students from all over the world who have qualified to fly as PIC of these powerful aircraft.

Type Rating Requirement:

T-33 T-Bird (Shooting Star/Silver Star)
The most classic Jet warbird ever! 400 knots and 5200 lbs of thrust! The aircraft has boosted ailerons, a quick roll rate and excellent aerobatic capabilities. At 15,000 lbs, the T-33 is our largest fighter. This beautiful aircraft is painted in Thunderbird colors and has a wonderful pressurization and air conditioning system.

The single seat version of this aircraft (the P-80) fought the single seat Mig 15 in the world's first jet to jet combat.

Performance Specifications:

Information on Candian T-Bird production

“On April 1, 1952, with Sabre production just beginning to run smoothly, the Canadian government awarded Canadair a contract to build 576 T-33 jet trainers for the RCAF under licence from the Lockheed Aircraft Company. A subsequent contract increased the quantity to 656 aircraft. Unlike the Lockheed-built version which was powered by the Allison J33 engine, the Canadian version would have the more powerful Rolls-Royce Nene 10.”

The “Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association”

The all-volunteer Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association was born in 1985 at a small grass airstrip in Woodstock, Ontario, from the dreams of a handful of Harvard lovers who were determined to keep the legend of the Harvard alive. Today the aircraft collection is based in nearby Tillsonburg and includes four Harvards, a Tiger Moth, and a Yale now in the process of being restored. The Mission of the Organization is to acquire, preserve, restore, maintain, display and demonstrate the Harvard and all other aircraft associated with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Military air shows in the United Kingdom

The title says most of it. Details of the Imperial War Museum at Duxford and the various military air shows around the United Kingdom.

“Royal Air Force Linton on Ouse”

RAF Linton on Ouse is one of the busiest airfields in the United Kingdom. Tasked with the training of future fast jet pilots and navigators for the Royal Air Force, the Station operates the Tucano T1.

The “Royal Air Force Association”

The Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) provides comradeship, welfare and care for surrent and former members of the RAF.

One account of the famous “Gimli Glider”

The “Gimli Glider” was an Air Canada passenger airliner that ran out of fuel somewhere near Red Lake, Ontario and managed a successful deadstick landing at the by-then disused Gimli, Manitoba airfield in the middle of a crowded family day there.


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