RCAF Association News
Apr. 12, 2013

Lockheed Martin launches Canadian PR campaign for F-35
CBC News
Lockheed Martin, the giant U.S. defence contractor, is launching a cross-Canada publicity blitz to convince Canadians to buy its F-35 stealth fighter jet. It's simultaneously raising the price by a hefty $20 million a plane. Steve O'Bryan, Lockheed's vice-president for the F-35 program, said that Canada would pay $65 million per plane. Now, O'Bryan says the price is $85 million.More

Chris Hadfield demonstrates how astronauts shave in space
1010 News Talk
Ever wonder how some things are done in space? How about shaving? Canadian astronaut and International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield explains how in his latest video how astronauts get rid of their unwanted facial hair, improvising without running water.More

Canadian Forces radar contract awarded to Europe
Ottawa Citizen
The Conservative government has awarded a $75 million contract to a European firm to provide Canada's air force with a new radar system for air traffic control. Associate Defence Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay will make the announcement in Comox, B.C., while other government ministers will make the same announcement at other bases receiving the radars.More

Canadian Armed Forces to participate in joint multinational NATO exercise
Canadian Skies
More than 900 Canadian sailors, airmen and airwomen of the Canadian Armed Forces departed to participate in Exercise Joint Warrior, a joint multinational NATO exercise taking place in the U.K. Exercise Joint Warrior is the largest military tactical exercise in Europe and is designed to prepare NATO military forces to work together in a variety of missions from providing humanitarian aid to full-combat operations.More

High Arctic sovereignty operation underway
Nunatsiaq Online
Soldiers and Canadian Rangers kicked off their springtime Arctic sovereignty operation, launching patrols across the High Arctic Islands from Resolute Bay. This year's Operation Nunalivut will see more than 120 members of the Canadian forces, including about 35 Rangers, fan out from operation headquarters in four patrols. Three of these will cover the northwestern portion of the islands.More

Local children to participate in the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic
Twenty-three young choristers from south Ottawa will be among the 100-voice Viva and Concert Choirs of the Ottawa Children's Choir participating in a ceremony at the National War Memorial to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. Under the guidance of their musical director, Allison Prowse, the children are currently working hard to memorize and finesse their singing.More

Official launching of air show lead-up grounded for now
April 1 was supposed to be the official launch day of the much-anticipated Comox Air Show. But it didn't happened. The kick-off event wasn't able to get off the ground as planned due to funding issues. The show is scheduled to take place on Aug. 17, 2013. One of the major stumbling blocks involved the use of public funds or federal tax dollars to pay for the Department of National Defence facilities that would be made available for the event.More

Lockheed Martin launches Canadian PR campaign for F-35
CBC News
Lockheed Martin, the giant U.S. defence contractor, is launching a cross-Canada publicity blitz to convince Canadians to buy its F-35 stealth fighter jet.More

Royal Canadian Air Force conducts search and rescue exercise in Kelowna
Canadian Skies
More than 60 members of 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron from 19 Wing Comox, B.C., are in nearby Kelowna from March 18 to 22, taking part in an exercise designed to test their search and rescue response to an aviation incident. More

Earth from space: Photos from the space station
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is currently living in space aboard ISS as Commander of Expedition 35. Click read more to view a selection of his photos taken from the space station.More

The Bomber Command Memorial Book
Please join our campaign to remember the fallen, inform Canadians of the sacrifices made by bomber command veterans. To date our partnership with Fighting High Publishing has contributed to the raising of £31,617. The 55,573 aircrew of Bomber Command lost their lives during the Second World War, yet no campaign medal was awarded and their bravery and sacrifice went largely unrecognized. On 28 June 2012 this was corrected with the dedication and unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial in The Green Park, London. The journey from the initial idea to the unveiling of the memorial was a long and complex one and 'The Bomber Command Memorial - We Will Remember Them' book tells the story of the campaign. The mission of the Air Force Association of Canada is to inform new generations of Canadians about the history of their country’s air force. This would suggest we should try and put a copy of this invaluable book in every library. If you would like to purchase one for your library, call Rose (866-351-2322 ext 223) or e-mail Kitshop@airforce.ca today. More

On July 10th 1943, Canadian soldiers landed at Pachino, Sicily, marking the beginning of the Sicilian Campaign. While this campaign is little known, "Operation Husky" represented the first independent role for Canadian soldiers in the Second World War. They fought with courage and knocked the pins out of the German defences in Sicily. Their success came at a cost of over 560 men in honour of those who fought and those who fell. We are organizing a memorial capaign for the operation's 70th anniversary. Our campaign begins on the beaches of Pachino on July 10th, 2013 and features two main ceremonies. More

The Goldfish Club
The Goldfish Club
The 2013 reunion of The Goldfish Club will be held 13-14 September 2013, at the Gleneagles Hotel, Torquay, Devon, U.K. Dinner, Bed & Breakfast are included for the Friday events, and Bed & Breakfast are included for the Saturday events, within the total registration cost which organizers sincerely hope should not exceed £400. Please note the amount is in british pounds sterling. The reunion dinner and dance will be held at the Britannia Naval College, in Dartmouth. The committee continues to work actively to secure corporate sponsors, thus seeking to lower the cost for everyone. More

National Volunteer Week 2013
Volunteer Canada
At Volunteer Canada, we understand that National Volunteer Week campaign planning takes a lot of hard work. We want to support individuals, voluntary organizations and volunteer centres nationwide in their efforts to thank volunteers. That's why this page is full of free, downloadable tools to assist you. Scroll down to access resources for each component of your NVW 2013 campaign. More