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429 Transport Squadron celebrates 75th with new tail art

429 Transport Squadron unveiled its commemorative tail art in honour of the 75th anniversary, as well as the 10th anniversary of the CC-177 Globemaster III in Canada. Photo by Master Corporal Shawn O’Hara, 429 Squadron

Marking 2017 as the 75th year as a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) squadron, 429 Transport Squadron unveiled a tail art design created and painted by its own members.

The winning design by Stephen Rodych

The winning design by Stephen Rodych, a Boeing Canada Field Service Technical Representative supporting the CC-177 Globemaster III in Trenton, received the popular vote among the squadron and his design was blessed by RCAF leadership for the anniversary tribute.

The tribute, painted by 429 Squadron’s own Aircraft Structures Technicians Master Corporal Shawn O’Hara, Corporal Jacob Abusow and Corporal Steven Leblanc, not only commemorates the squadron’s 75th anniversary, it also marks the 10th anniversary of the CC-177 Globemaster III fleet in Canada, as well as holds the distinction of being the first-ever tail art painting on this type of airframe around the world.

“It is always a great pleasure to mark a milestone anniversary for our squadrons,” said Colonel Colin Keiver, 8 Wing Commander. “429 Transport Squadron has a storied and dignified history of service in the RCAF on behalf of Canadians. And, on behalf of 8 Wing Trenton, I applaud 429 Squadron on their anniversary and I look forward to seeing this tail art in the skies over the beautiful Quinte region and around the globe, as these airplanes deliver their missions on behalf of the DND and the Government of Canada.”

 

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