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Exercise Maple Flag is an international air combat exercise held annually at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta.

Exercise MAPLE FLAG 50

Exercise MAPLE FLAG 50 is being held from May 29 to June 23, 2017, welcoming air and ground crews as well as support personnel from across Canada and around the world.

Split between two periods of two weeks each, this year’s exercise will bring together almost 2000 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel in participant or supporting roles, along with hundreds of personnel from six allied and partner nations along with multiple aircraft.

Exercise MAPLE FLAG 50 will be a premier opportunity to prepare participants for present and future conflicts. The Exercise offers Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) elements the opportunity to ‘Fly in Formation’ with their RCAF and International counterparts and provides a venue to advance Air-Land Integration initiatives with the Canadian Army (CA) and Special Forces from Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Exercise MAPLE FLAG 50 will include operations in areas such as command and control; air-to-air and air-to-surface weaponry; air-to-air refueling; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; tactical airlift; tactical aviation; and close air support, all in an unrestricted, world-class tailored environment.

Portions of the Fighter Weapons Instructor Course (FWIC), the Tactics Electronic Warfare Instructor Course (TEWIC) and the Advanced Tactical Aviation Course (ATAC) will also be taking place throughout Maple Flag.

FWIC is designed to prepare experienced CF-188 Pilots and Tactical Radar Controllers to become tactical leaders in the extremely demanding world of fighter operations. The goal is to produce and maintain a selected few with the highest level of instructional ability, tactical proficiency, and in-depth knowledge of CF-188 systems, weapons and tactics.

TEWIC is an advanced level qualification course for Aircrew, Intelligence, and Engineering/Scientific personnel. The goal of the course is to prepare candidates to operate effectively in today’s highly specialized, joint and combined, modern Electronic Warfare environment.

ATAC is tactical aviation’s graduate level course, designed to train 1 Wing, CH-146 Griffon and CH-147F Chinook pilots to be Air Mission Commanders (AMCs), capable of leading and fighting complex joint and multi-national aviation operations.

Participating RCAF aircraft (as of January 18, 2017)

  • CF-18 Hornet fighter aircraft
  • CH-146 Griffon tactical helicopter
  • CH-147F Chinook tactical transport helicopter
  • CC-130J Hercules transport aircraft
  • CC-130T Hercules air-to-air refueling aircraft

Participating International and Partner aircraft (as of January 18, 2017)

  • United States Air Force E-3 AWACS
  • United States Air Force F-16 Falcon fighter aircraft
  • French Air Force E-3 AWACS
  • French Air Force A400M transport aircraft
  • Republic of Singapore Air Force F-16 Falcon fighter aircraft
  • Discovery Air Defence Services Dornier Alpha Jet