Shearwater Flyers Football Team
Canadian football played a major part in life at Shearwater during the period 1947-1967. Initially, the Dartmouth Air Station Flyers (renamed Shearwater Flyers in 1949) competed in the Halifax City Canadian Football League. Subsequently, they played in the Nova Scotia Football League from 1951 and the Atlantic Football Conference in 1965 whereby they provided the best of recreation and exceptional entertainment for the Base and surrounding community.
The successes of the Flyers were many. The team won seven Purdy Cups as the Nova Scotia Champions. They also won three Maritime Championships, two Eastern Canadian Intermediate titles, and in 1957, an undefeated Shearwater Flyers team went on to win the Canadian Intermediate Football Championship. This was the first Maritime team to win a National Canadian Football title. This winning year led to the team's induction into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame and into the Canadian Forces Sports Hall of Fame.
Personnel who played and worked for the Flyers comprised of aircrew, technicians and members of the naval trades and ranks. They were consistently an inspiration to their fans and a source of high morale for the Naval Air community.
The Flyers last season was 1967 (renamed MARCOM Flyers) but not before the team won the Atlantic Football Conference Championship and the Purdy Cup those last three years.