Pathway to the Stars: 100 Years of the Royal Canadian Air Force
Published: October 2023© 2023
Imprint: Aevo UTP
Page Count: 264 Pages
Illustrations: 196 colour illustrations, 106 b&w illustrations, 56 colour figures, 1 colour map, 2 b&w map
Dimensions: 11.20 x 8.75
264 Pages, 11.20 x 8.75 x 0.75 in, 196 colour illustrations, 106 b&w illustrations, 56 colour figures, 1 colour map, 2 b&w map
Pathway to the Stars takes readers on a remarkable journey spanning one hundred years of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
This beautifully illustrated book shares the rich history of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) on its 100th anniversary. Produced in partnership with the RCAF Foundation, Pathway to the Stars tells the story of the people, the technologies, and the events that shaped the RCAF from 1924 to 2024. Presenting 100 stories to align with 100 years of the RCAF, the book explores the many ways in which the RCAF contributed to advances in aviation over the past century, from the invention of the G-suit to the development of the first helicopter landing system on a naval ship to the design of the first flight-safety organization for investigating crashes.
As we look forward to the next generation of the RCAF, Pathway to the Stars brings to light an inspirational story about Canada and its place in the world over the past century. Proceeds from this book support the ongoing programs of the RCAF Foundation, a Canadian charity that works to celebrate Canada's rich aviation history and future.
About the Authors
1. The Origin Story of the RCAF: The First World War through to 1938
2. The Crucible of War: The RCAF and the Second World War, 1939–1945
3. The Cold War Deterrent Force: 1946–1991
4. Unification: Maintaining Canadian Sovereignty
5. Expeditionary Operations
6. Search and Rescue and Humanitarian Operations
7. The RCAF Today and Tomorrow
8. Reflecting on the Impact of the RCAF: Canada and the World
1. List of RCAF Commanders and Command Chiefs
2. RCAF Victoria Cross Recipients
3. List of Aircraft (Current and Historical)
4. RCAF Organization and Ceremonies
5. Timeline of the RCAF
"Detailing the earliest days of Canadian military flight, Pathway to the Stars celebrates the bravery of pioneers who set the standard for 100 years. From the tentative early years to a future with stealth and more, the proud tradition of the RCAF soars in this anniversary celebration."Kevin Newman, Journalist
"Pathway to the Stars is a treasure-house of history, stories, photos, biographical sketches, facts, and recollections of a great Canadian institution, the Royal Canadian Air Force. An excellent contribution to the RCAF’s centenary celebrations, readers will find it hard to put this book down."General Paul David Manson, OC, CMM, CD (Ret’d)
"This comprehensive retrospective on the storied 100-year history of the RCAF is an outstanding resource for the amateur and enthusiast alike. Most importantly, Pathway to the Stars serves as an exceptional resource for young Canadians and educators, offering a glimpse into the past and future of this essential Canadian institution."Honorary Colonel Kendra Kincade, 417 Combat Support Squadron
Learn more about the RCAF Foundation at rcaffoundation.ca.