419 Squadron family members experience the thrill of a takeoff roll

419 Squadron family members experience the thrill of a takeoff roll

One of the lucky passengers in the cockpit of a CT-155 Hawk.
Photo by Maj Maciej “Match” Hatta

Capt Jean-Sébastien Otis

On June 29, 419 TAC F Training Squadron members invited their loved ones to an event called the Moose Walk. The squadron organized the activity as a thank you to their biggest supporters: their families.

The Moose Walk gave family members a taste of squadron life. Spouses and children filled the squadron lines for the afternoon to become “Moosemen” and “Moosewomen” and feel like real pilots.

Some lucky guests even got the opportunity to jump into a jet. More than a dozen significant others got to dress up like fighter pilots and join their partners in the cockpit. After being all kitted up, briefed, and brought over to the CT-155 Hawk aircraft, they followed the pilot through the pre-flight checks and then strapped in.

The sound of the jet engines starting simultaneously in the formation gave the guests a thrill. After a radio check-in and clearance received, the planes taxied across the ramp and onto the runway in formations of up to six jets.

The line-up was when the magic really struck the guests. The pilots applied full power and the jets, one after the other, rushed down the runway.

Even though the throttles came back to idle seconds after the take-off roll initiated, the power of the jet really impressed the passengers.

After taxiing back to the parking spot and a quick debrief, the family members walked back to reunite with the rest of their families and share the experience.

It was an amazing opportunity to let our loved ones have a small taste of the fighter life.

419 Squadron family members experience the thrill of a takeoff roll

Family members gathered in front of the mural in the 419 Squadron hanger.
Photo by Maj Maciej “Match” Hatta