Canada axes CT-155 Hawk fleet as it reevaluates pilot training programme

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is making major changes to its pilot training programme in preparation for the frontline fighter force’s upcoming transition from the CF-188A/B Hornet to the F-35A Lightning II.

As part of the transition, the RCAF ended its Fighter Lead-In Training (FLIT) programme and has retired the CT-155 Hawk jet trainers flown by No 4 Wing’s No 419 Tactical Fighter Training Squadron (TFTS) at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Cold Lake in Alberta. The FLIT was conducted as part of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) programme, which is supplied by CAE Military Aviation Training.

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