CANADA: Operation Metropolis

One cloudy afternoon last week, twelve B-26 light bombers roared down the runway at Floyd Bennett Field, took off and disappeared to rendezvous for a bombing run on New York City. Minutes later, three radar stations in outlying areas, two manned by Canadians, one by Americans, had picked up the bombers and flashed instructions by radio to eight waiting Canadian Vampire jets and eight U.S. F47 Thunderbolts. "Operation Metropolis," a simulated air attack and defense of New York, was underway.

In the first peacetime U.S.-Canadian joint air maneuver, 240 R.C.A.F. reserves worked from...

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