Bagotville: 75 Years of Air Defence hardcover (bilingual)
Bagotville: 75 Years of Air Defence / 75 ans de defence aerienne hardcover (bilingual)
This blockbuster book produced by Marc-Andre Valiquette in 2017 is the ultimate history of RCAF Station / CFB Bagotville in the Saguenay Region of Quebec. Currently one of Canada's two fighter bases operating the CF-18 hornet, Bagotville has an incredibly rich heritage of fighter aircraft. This huge 512-page bilingual book recounts the history of the base with over 1600 previously unpublished photographs, drawings. diagrams and documents.
- The role of the base during the Second World War as part of Eastern Air Command. Operational training on North American Harvards and Hawker Hurricanes, as well as use of the latter and the Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk in the air defence of the Saguenay Region’s industry.
- Protection of Canada’s sovereignty following the reactivation of the base in 1951, the beginning of the Cold War and the formation of NORAD using the de Havilland DH.100 Vampire, the Canadair F-86 Sabre and the Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck.
- The pursuit of Canada’s air defence and support of land forces from 1962 to 1988 flying the McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo and Canadair CF-5 Freedom Fighter.
- Air defence in the high-technology era since 1984 with the McDonnell Douglas/Boeing CF – 18 Hornet, as well as the Base Flight and Rescue unit operations using the Piasecki H-21, Canadair CT-133 Silver Star, Bell CH-118 roquois and CH-146 Griffon.
- The base’s related squadrons and units, including operations at Val-d’Or front-line air station and Mont Apica radar station.
- The passion for flight demonstrated through air shows, the Air Cadets and the Bagotville Air Defence Museum.
- Life at CFB Bagotville, its activities and its role in the community, as well as the history of the civilian airport.
The author has done his usual in-depth coverage, assembling the exciting history of one of the great RCAF air stations, while blending both languages in his attractive/seamless layout. The book begins with WWII, with Bagotville training fighter pilots on the Harvard and Hurricane. Many famous aces passed through on instructing tours, and many students go on to stellar careers. Next, comes the postwar era with Vampires, Sabres and CF-100s – all the historic squadrons, especially the all-weather CF-100 units: 440 and 432 Squadrons formed with CF-100 Mk.3s in 1953-54. Then came steady developments as 440 went overseas, 413 forms up, the CF-100 Mk.4 and 5 arrive,. A steady stream of NORAD exercises are covered.
The CF-100 gives way to the CF-101 Voodoo era (410 and 425 Squadrons), then the tactical world arrives with the CF-5 with the renowned 433 Squadron. Finally came the CF-18 Hornet years with 425 and 433 Squadrons. The evolution of Base Flight and 439 Squadron is also covered from T-33 to Griffon helicopter. Many other aspects of life at YBG are included in this huge colour production, from DEW Line helicopter times to Air Cadets and airshows.
Published 2017, 512 pages, 1600 black & white and colour photographs, 30 paintings and colour profiles, Hardcover, Bilingual 9" x 12 3/8" (inches).