Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Canadian Jets - RCAF Blue Devils, Part 1

 Canada's first post-war jet demonstration team, the Blue Devils, also know as the 410 (F) Squadron Aerobatic Team, was stood up in May, 1949 at RCAF Station St. Hubert, Quebec. They would showcase their first airshow performance at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario in June that same year.

Some known members were F/L Don Laubman, F/L Omer Levesque, F/L Joe Schultz, F/O Bill Bliss and F/L Bill Tew. Flying the later part of 1949 and through 1950, the Blue devils would suffer a single fatality in July, when S/L Bob Kipp crashed during an inverted opposing practice pass at the Michigan Air Fair.

The Blue Devils, flying De Havilland Vampires, was disbanded in September, 1950. 

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