Short his­to­ry of the most fa­mous tar­tan in Ca­na­da

Le Vortex de Bagotville - - SURVOL -

One of the most po­pu­lar tar­tans in Ca­na­da to­day is the tar­tan of the Royal Ca­na­dian Air Force with a lot of blue, a lit­tle brown and some white.

The tar­tan of the Royal Ca­na­dian Air Force and the first RCAF Pipe Band came in­to being al­most at the same time since it was first for these mu­si­cians that the tar­tan was crea­ted. It be­gan at No. 9 Flying Trai­ning School in Sum­mer­side, Prince Ed­ward Is­land, on Ja­nua­ry 25, 1942, du­ring a Burns- style din­ner, a Scot­tish eve­ning. Af­ter un­suc­cess­ful­ly trying to com­bine the bag­pipes, trum­pets and drums of the unit, it was de­ci­ded to create a com­plete bag­pipe bo­dy in tra­di­tio­nal Scot­tish cos­tume. Not sa­tis­fied with the al­rea­dy exis­ting tra­di­tio­nal tar­tan mo­tifs, Group Cap­tain Ful­ler­ton him­self drew the ins­pi­red de­si­gn of the air force co­lors of light blue, dark blue and brown. It was du­ring the wea­ving of the sample by a small com­pa­ny in Ga­ge­town, New Bruns­wick that the white band was ad­ded to the pat­tern. Af­ter a few more blue- to­ned ad­just­ments on Au­gust 15, 1942, the of­fi­cial tar­tan of the Royal Ca­na­dian Air Force came in­to being. You can read the full text that ins­pi­red this ar­ticle in the news sec­tion of the Royal Ca­na­dian Air Force web page. ( www. rcaf- arc. forces. gc. ca)

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