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CFB Cold Lake

A T-33 Silver StarIn 1952, the site of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Cold Lake was chosen because of the flat terrain, good drainage, gravel deposits, low population density, similarities of geography to Europe, accessibility, weather, and the possibility of future economic development in the region. Construction began that year for the air weapons training base.

When it was complete in 1954, it had the best facilities in the world for air training, covering a massive area of 1.17 million hectares. Operations began at the base on 31 March 1954 and, because of the unique facilities, space, and more than 600 targets, it has successfully attracted air forces for training from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and around the world. CFB Cold Lake has achieved international renown for the annual Maple Flag Exercise, which it hosts.


A colour photograph of the CFB Cold Lake signboard showing the base crest and two models of the CF 5 aircraft. Read More...

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