15 Wing shows rare flight formation

Lisa Goudy
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The sounds of jets roared amid the gusty wind early on Friday morning.

A couple of members of the Canadian Armed Forces walk away from their CT-156 Harvard II aircraft after  a 16-ship formation flight at 15 Wing Moose Jaw early in the morning of July 18, 2014.

Sixteen CT-156 Harvard II aircraft and three CT-155 Hawk aircrafts participated in a rare flight formation at 15 Wing Moose Jaw. All military pilots must train on the Harvard in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) while the Hawk is the main jet trainer that few fly.

The 16-ship formation is larger than any other in the CAF and Friday marked only the second time in the NATO Flying Training Centre's (NFTC) history that a flight this large took place.

"It wasn't as good as we would've liked but certainly it didn't interfere with us getting down what we wanted to do," said 15 Wing Commander Col. Paul Goddard. "These guys have to go up and teach students to do this so they have to hone their own skills."

The flight was designed to show the primary aircraft assets, get Bombardier Military Aviation Training civilian members familiar with flying and allow Goddard to lead his men and women in a formation flight.

Goddard is an A1 instructor, of which there are only 12 in Canada. That distinction makes Goddard one of the most qualified instructors in the CAF for that type of formation flight.

Check back later today for the full story and a slideshow of photos from this morning's formation flight.

Organizations: Canadian Armed Forces, NATO Flying Training Centre

Geographic location: Canada

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