- RCAF Station Hamilton
During the Second World War, it was a base for the
British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, teaching pilots from allied commonwealth nations the art of combat flying. Schools located here were No. 10 Service Flying Training School (No. 10 SFTS), which flew De Havilland Tiger Mothand Fleet Finchaircraft, and No. 33 Air Navigation School (No. 33 ANS), which flew the Avro Anson. No. 10 SFTS relocated to RCAF Station Pendleton in 1942; No. 33 ANS closed in October 1944.
After the war, it became a base for Hamilton 424 Reserve Squadron, supported by regular force personnel. During the post-war years, 424 Squadron, under Air Defence Command, flew the
P-51 Mustangand Vampire jet fighter. Later, under Air Transport Command, 424 flew the Beechcraft Expeditorand the De Havilland Otter. Other units located here included No. 16 Wing (Auxiliary), No. 2424 Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron (Auxiliary), which trained Pinetree Lineradar operators, and the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve's No. 1 Training Air Group.
With the amalgamation and reorganization of Canada's armed forces, RCAF Station Hamilton closed in 1964. The airport was known as Mount Hope Airport for many years and today is called the
Hamilton/John C. Munro International Airport.
Mount Hope is the location of the
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
Hamilton/John C. Munro International Airport
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