Ontario Pilot First Canadian to Fly D.C. Intercept Missions

Jun 20, 2013 No Comments by

It seems unbelievable that a small-town kid from Clinton, Ontario, would end up being the first Royal Canadian Air Force pilot assigned to protect the skies over Washington, D.C.

But for Capt. Jeffery M. Powell, a 13-year RCAF aviator, that is exactly what has happened.

And as one senior leader from North American Aerospace Defense Command pointed out on a recent visit to the area, the unique nature of rotating into and flying air intercept missions from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Washington D.C. doesn’t come without a little pressure.

For the complete story by Michael Kucharek of NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs, click here.

Photo by the U.S. Coast Guard

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