This weekend marked the 75th anniversary of 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron.
Also known as “Goose” Squadron, members have worked out of Canadian Forces Base Edmonton since 1941.
Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Teller told the Alberta Morning News members new and old were at the reunion.
“There’s one member, an engine fitter, who worked on Lancaster bombers in England, and the most recent members who most recently supported the Fort McMurray fires.”
Photos: Ceremonial parade at 75 anniversary celebration
While the last 45 years have exclusively been helicopter operations, before that they flew all sorts of aircraft.
“We really have run just about everything from Hercules aircraft to Lancasters, to Halifaxes, to T-33 jets,” Teller said. “The mission has ranged from its formation as a bomber squadron, to mapping of the North in the 50s, to utility and reconnaissance support across the country.”
WATCH: Fly past to celebrate 75 anniversary
Not only is the celebration to mark the 75th anniversary, but also the long relationship between 408 Squadron and the city of Edmonton.
“It’s 75 years for the squadron, but it’s also 45 years in Edmonton supporting 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group and conducting tactical aviation operations,” Teller said. “So a rich history of the squadron, but also a very rich history here in the province of Alberta and Edmonton.”
The event wrapped up Sunday afternoon with the 408 Squadron Ceremonial Parade where the squadron was told they’ll be deployed in January to Iraq. (kb/amn)