RCAF Station Sea Island

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RCAF Station Sea Island
Near Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada
RCAF Station Sea Island is located in British Columbia
RCAF Station Sea Island
RCAF Station Sea Island
Coordinates49°11′N 123°10′W / 49.183°N 123.167°W / 49.183; -123.167Coordinates: 49°11′N 123°10′W / 49.183°N 123.167°W / 49.183; -123.167[1]
Site information
OwnerDept of National Defence (Canada) and Dept of Transport(Canada)
Airfield information
ElevationSea Level (0 feet (0 m))[1] AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
7/25 5,050 feet (1,539 m) Hard Surface[1]
11/29 5,000 feet (1,524 m) Hard Surface[1]
2/20 3,850 feet (1,173 m) Hard Surface[1]
Airfields

RCAF Station Sea Island was a World War II, British Commonwealth Air Training Plan station. Located near Vancouver, British Columbia.

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

No. 8 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) began operation here on July 22, 1940.

Aerodrome information[edit]

In approximately 1942 the aerodrome was listed at 49°11′N 123°10′W / 49.183°N 123.167°W / 49.183; -123.167 with a Var. 24 degrees E and elevation of Sea level. The aerodrome was listed as under construction usable and three runways were listed as follows:

Runway Name Length Width Surface
7/25 5,050 feet (1,539 m) 200 feet (61 m) Hard surfaced
11/29 5,000 feet (1,524 m) 200 feet (61 m) Hard surfaced
2/20 3,850 feet (1,173 m) 150 feet (46 m) Hard surfaced

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Postwar[edit]

After the war the station was renamed RCAF Station Vancouver.

442 Squadron was re-activated as 442 "City of Vancouver" Auxiliary Fighter Squadron at Sea Island 15 April 1946, but was later re-designated an Auxiliary Transport Squadron. 123 Rescue Flight and 121 Composite Flight (KU) were also formed at Sea Island.

On 1 December 1951, 442 Squadron was split in half to form 443 "City of New Westminster" Squadron.

RCAF Station Vancouver closed on 31 March 1964.

Today this area is known as Vancouver International Airport.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Staff writer (c. 1942). Pilots Handbook of Aerodromes and Seaplane Bases Vol. 2. Royal Canadian Air Force. p. 158.