Royal British Columbia Air Force

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The Royal British Columbia Air Force (Chinook Wawa: Ayas Tayi yaka Skai Ami) is the air force of BC, and forms one of the three environmental commands of the BC Defence Force.


Established in 1915 as the British Columbia Flying Corps, and from 1917 units of the BCFC were deployed to Europe to take part in the First World War. After the war, King George V granted the BCFC the 'Royal' title, thus becoming the Royal British Columbia Flying Corps. Subsequently, it was renamed Royal British Columbia Air Force, by which name it has been known ever since.

Over the course of its history, the RBCAF has served in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, the Gulf War, the Kosovo War and various United Nations peacekeeping missions and APTO operations.

Current Order of Battle

See also RBCAF Historical Orders of Battle


Currently active units marked with *


For an all-time list of RBCAF equipment, see Aircraft of the RBCAF; for all-time serial numbers, see RBCAF Serial Numbers.

Public air services

Since June 1946, 4 Squadron provides scheduled air services open to the public serving routes in remote areas that are socially essential, but that offer little chance of profitability; these generally operate once a week. In addition, 4 Sqn also operates scheduled flights between its bases that are open to members of the BCDF and their families.

4 Sqn's callsign for these services is "OWL", and use the IATA code BF and ICAO code RBF.

Route services

All route services are operated at present with Osprey VC.1 aircraft. All route services are open to the general public.

Operates Mondays and Thursdays.
Operates Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Operates Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Operates Mondays and Fridays .
Operates Wednesdays.
Operates Mondays.

Direct services

All direct services are operated with Avro Aberdeen C.1 aircraft. These flights are open to members of the BCDF and their families, but members of the general public may use these services with approval on a case-by-case basis; that condition exists to satisfy laws protecting private enterprise, but as there are no commercial operators operating the same destination-pairs the RBCAF does, this approval is in practice merely a formality.

  • BF1/BF2: Comox – Dease Lake; daily except Sunday
  • BF3/BF4: Comox – Fort Nelson; Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • BF5/BF6: Comox – Kelowna (Supermarine Field); daily except Sunday
  • BF7/BF8: Comox – Boundary Bay; Tuesday, Friday
  • BF11/BF12: Dease Lake – Fort Nelson; Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • BF14/BF15: Dease Lake – Kelowna (Supermarine Field); daily except Sunday
  • BF16/BF17: Fort Nelson – Kelowna (Supermarine Field); Monday, Thursday


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