Today In Aviation History – May 17, 1959 – First Public Show RCAF Golden Hawks

 May 17, 1959.  The RCAF Golden Hawks performed for the general public for the first time in Torbay Newfoundland. Led by S/L F. G. “Fern” Villeneuve, the team flew Canadair CF-86 Sabres in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of powered flight in Canada.

The Golden Hawks thrilled hundreds of thousands of spectators through 1963.  They were disbanded by an official statement from then defence minister Paul Hellyer on February 7, 1964.

Top picture:  Vintage Wings of Canada F-86 Sabre “Hawk One” dedicated to Fern Villeneuve.

Bottom picture: 1961 team photo.  Picture taken at RCAF Museum at CFB Trenton

Information taken from “A Tradition of Excellence” by Dan Dempsey