Operation Allied Force – Bringing a Peacetime Air Force into the Big Leagues

Operation Allied Force – Bringing a Peacetime Air Force into the Big Leagues

It was an unforgettable homecoming. On Canada Day 1999, 12 CF-18s roared over Parliament Hill in Ottawa, marking our return from combat—a moment that Hollywood’s best could not have rivaled. But the true story behind that flypast was an extraordinary coup, instigated by our combat unit and not from months of preplanning by officials in the Canadian Air Force. This proud moment exemplified how all returning servicemen and women should be honoured after serving Canada abroad.