Speaker Bio:
Bob Wade

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English

Maj (Ret) Bob Wade joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1968.  After completing pilot training he was assigned as an instructor pilot at CFB Moose Jaw. In 1973, then Lieutenant Wade was selected to fly #5, outside left wing, with the Snowbird Demonstration Team for the 1973 and 1974 air show seasons.

After completing operational training on the CF 104 Starfighter at CFB Cold Lake in 1976 he was posted to 441 Tactical Fighter Squadron in Baden Soellingen, West Germany. There he qualified as a Mass Attack Lead which includes airborne commander of 12 or more aircraft. He developed close air support procedures for high speed low level attack aircraft that was adopted by all Central Region Allied Air Forces in Europe. In 1979 he was posted to 1 Canadian Air Group Headquarters in Lahr, West Germany where he was responsible for 1 Canadian Air Group Exercises and War Plans.

Captain Wade was posted back to 417 Squadron at CFB Cold Lake to instruct on the CF104 Starfighter in 1981. Remaining in Cold Lake, he was posted to 410 Operational Training Squadron in 1983 to form the initial cadre of instructors on the new CF18 Hornet fighter aircraft. In 1986 Major Wade was selected as the CF18 Demonstration pilot and flew 56 air shows across North America. In 1987 he was posted back to 441 Tactical Fighter Squadron on the CF18 where he was detachment commander of 250 personnel while conducting live intercepts on Soviet bombers in the high Arctic. Through a strange set of circumstances in 1989 Major Wade became the first pilot in the western world to fly the Russian Mig 29 Fulcrum aircraft.

Major Wade retired from the Canadian Forces at the end of the Cold War in 1991. From there he joined Canada 3000 Airlines and flew as Captain on the A 320 and A330 aircraft. In 1998 he joined Korean Air and flew as Captain on A330 aircraft out of Incheon, South Korea. Bob retired from flying in 2006 and is currently serving as Honorary President of Alberta Group in the Royal Canadian Air Force Association. Bob is also on the Board of Directors of the Air Force Museum Society of Alberta and enjoying volunteer time at the Cold War Exhibit.

 

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