RCAF Association News
May. 3, 2013

RCN and RCAF personnel join U.S. Coast Guard and USAF
Ottawa Citizen
Personnel from the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Coast Guard will join members of the United States Coast Guard and United States Air Force in Prince Rupert, B.C. for a Search and Rescue Exercise. Residents of Prince Rupert and surrounding areas can expect to see increased military aircraft activity operating from the Prince Rupert airport during this period, as well as RCN, CCG and USCG vessels off shore.More

Astronaut Chris Hadfield helps unveil new Canadian $5 and $10 bills
Toronto Star
Surprise guest Chris Hadfield unveiled the new polymer $5 banknote from 400 kilometres above the Bank of Canada twirling the blue currency in zero gravity. Space and rail, two Canadian frontiers, are the themes depicted on the new high-tech $5 and $10 bills introduced by the bank. More

Ladies and gentlemen aviators
Vintage Wings
The "Clasp", as tiny and seemingly insignificant as it looks, is a deeply powerful symbol of respect and gratitude to a fast disappearing group of Canadian men who undertook a complex task with appallingly mortal risk, with steadfast determination despite well-understood consequences and with profound strategic consequences for the war effort. Of all Allied military service units – Army, Navy or Air Force – the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command suffered the highest rate of death and injury.More

The real story of Canada and ballistic missile defence
Ottawa Citizen
There are two nightmare scenarios for the slaughter of innocents in Canada. One is a terrorist attack against a Canadian city using a weapon of mass effect. The other is a North Korean missile attack against the United States in which a nuclear-armed missile goes astray or gets shot down over Canada. Canada is on the flight path from Pyongyang to Washington.More

Canada's search-and-rescue system at breaking point
Huffington Post
The federal auditor general says the country's search-and-rescue system is in distress and some elements are near the breaking point. Michael Ferguson's latest report issued singled out the Royal Canadian Air Force, saying a continuing shortage of pilots and trained crew puts the system in jeopardy.More

Canada's top general talks future of the Canadian Forces
Inside Toronto
Canada's new Chief of the Defence Staff General Thomas J. Lawson shares Canadian Forces’ priorities in an era of a cost-cutting restructuring of forces, post-Afghanistan combat, and reflects on his 37-year military career in the Royal Canadian Air Force since he graduated from Kipling Collegiate. More

RCN and RCAF personnel join U.S. Coast Guard and USAF
Ottawa Citizen
Personnel from the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Coast Guard will join members of the United States Coast Guard and United States Air Force in Prince Rupert, B.C. for a Search and Rescue Exercise More

EU aerospace firms bound for Montreal
Chronicle Herald
Demand for aerospace engineers will accelerate over the next few years as three European companies announced plans that create nearly 200 jobs in Montreal.More

Ladies and gentlemen aviators
Vintage Wings
Seventy years ago, Canadians were involved in the thick of the danger over Europe as part 6 Group of the RAF's Bomber Command. More

OP Husky and The RCAF
RCAF
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 Bomber Command Memorial Book
RCAF
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

The Goldfish Club
The Goldfish Club
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