419 Squadron jets to visit Kamloops later this month

Air force squadron to visit

The City of Kamloops will be receiving a visit from the 419 Air Force Squadron — nicknamed the Moose Squadron — at the end of May.

In a statement, Wendy McKenzie, president of Kamloops’ 886 (Overlander) Royal Canadian Air Force Association said the CT-155 Hawks are scheduled to land on Friday, May 27 in the afternoon.

McKenzie said the 419 Tactical Fighter (Training) Squadron is travelling from Cold Lake, Alta. to attend an event at the Tournament Capital’s Royal Canadian Legion.

“During their visit to Kamloops, the members of 419 Squadron, which has Freedom of the City, will be attending the 36th anniversary of 886 (Overlander) Wing of the RCAF Association’s annual dinner,” the statement said.

The jets will depart from Kamloops on Sunday, May 29.

The City of Kamloops bestowed the Freedom of the City award — the highest honour that can be given by the municipality — to 419 Squadron in 1993. The 886 (Overlander) Wing also received the Freedom of the City award in 2009.

The 886 (Overlander) Wing was created to promote the traditions and heritage of the Air Force in Kamloops, and to maintain a strong relationship with the city and the 204 Black Maria Squadron, which is based out of Heffley Creek.

McKenzie said a limited number of tickets for the May 28 dinner are available for residents interested in meeting and dining with members of the 419 squadron.

Those interested in getting tickets can contact [email protected]

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