Canada's Air Force Today is the most splendid Canadian aviation book yet published. With detailed text and a spectacular, wide - ranging photographic gallery, the book is a comprehensive look at the many tasks and the ever - fascinating selection of aircraft making up today's Air Force. It's all here, whether a Hercules transporting aid to some distant land or supporting troops in the field, an Aurora on maritime patrol, CF - 18's on watch over the Arctic or on low - level runs across Europe, or a Labrador helicopter on a life - and - death search and rescue mission.
Over 300 colour photographs are at the heart of Canada's Air Force Today, showing the aircraft at their best and in their operational environments. Every type in service is featured, as are some of the R.C.A.F.'s earlier aircraft, included for a touch of nostalgia. There is the tiny Musketeer and the heavyweight Boeing 707, the ancient Dakota and today's Dash 8, light helicopters and hi - tech CF - 18's. There are far more than just aircraft in this book. It also focuses on the people who are the Air Force today and shows them on the job. Various bases are also included. Many of the photographs have been especially taken for Canada's Air Force Today by the author and a variety of Air Force photo tech's and aviation photographers.
The book opens with a foreword by the Commander, Air Command, and comprehensive appendices with facts, figures and a map sum things up at the back.
Larry Milberry ( 1943 ) is a Canadian lifelong aviation enthusiast, aviation author and publisher. His first book, Aviation in Canada, was published by McGraw - Hill in 1979. Now an aviation classic, this book was written over a decade while he worked as a high school teacher in the Toronto District Catholic School Board. He ended his teaching career to start CANAV Books, his one -man publishing operation, in 1980. He has since authored, co - authored or edited 21 books on Canadian aviation history, including many of the best - known reference books on the subject. Milberry's research has taken him to all parts of Canada and to many overseas destinations. Although never a pilot, he has flown in more than 100 types from the Ford Trimotor to the Noorduyn Norseman, C - 130 Hercules, CF - 18 Hornet, Pitts Special, Sikorsky Skycrane and the giant Antonov 124. His contribution to aviation in Canada was recognized in 2004, when he was inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. Milberry is an honorary Snowbird and a long - time member of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society.
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