A French Air Force M2000 Mirage fighter returns from a flight as a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster takes off from the runway behind during EXERCISE MAPLE FLAG at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta on May 31, 2016. Photo: Cpl Ian Thompson, 4 Wing Imaging CK01-2016-0510-027

Exercise MAPLE FLAG prepares aircrew and support personnel for the rigors of combined and joint operations in the modern aerial battlespace. In recent years, Ex Maple Flag has grown to include air and land elements of Canadian, allied and partner nations, fusing with elements of concurrent exercises. MAPLE FLAG ran from May 30 to June 24 in Cold Lake, Alta.

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