RCAF Association News
May. 30, 2014

8 Wing flies top military exercise
Intelligencer
Ready, willing and able. That will be the state of more than 100 personnel posted here should Prime Minister Stephen Harper's red phone ring between July 1, 2014 and June 31, 2015. Those members will be ready to deploy internationally with Canada's army high readiness task forces.More

Aerospace firms square off in competition to replace Canada's fighter jets
Toronto Star
The competition to replace Canada's fleet of aging CF-18 fighter jets played out at an Ottawa trade show, with boasts, bravado and a little sky-high trash talk. While Ottawa has yet to signal whether that there will be an open competition, that didn't stop officials with Lockheed Martin, Boeing and the Eurofighter consortium from making the case that their fighters would be the best pick for the Royal Canadian Air Force.More

Lots to do at RCAF memorial unveiling in Sackville
Cumberland News Now
Sackville, NB, will be holding an unveiling ceremony for a new Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Memorial, which will be dedicated on Saturday, June 7. The memorial will commemorate and honour all of the men and women from the Tantramar Region involved in the RCAF past, present and future. More

8 Wing flies top military exercise
Intelligencer
Ready, willing and able. That will be the state of more than 100 personnel posted here should Prime Minister Stephen Harper's red phone ring between July 1, 2014 and June 31, 2015. Those members will be ready to deploy internationally with Canada's army high readiness task forces.More

Canada to let private companies decide where search-and-rescue aircraft are based
Leader-Post
It will be up to aerospace firms vying to supply Canada with new search-and-rescue aircraft to decide where such planes are to be located — a process that raises questions about private companies deciding the country's defence policy and where military staff are located.More

Critics wonder what air force is giving up in new Cyclone deal
The Chronicle Herald
The New Democratic opposition and a defence expert say they want to know what sort of compromises the air force might have to swallow in order to accept its long-delayed maritime helicopters. A series of government and defence sources revealed that public works had struck an agreement with the U.S. manufacturer of the CH-148 Cyclone helicopters to amend the purchase contract.More

70 years on, Air Force vet meets missing friend's family
CBC News
Seventy years after his friend and fellow airman went missing behind enemy lines, Fraser Muir got his wish. At a ceremony at the Canada Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, ON, the Second World War veteran finally met the family of John McLea, a local man and Royal Canadian Air Force tailgunner who disappeared in November 1944 when his Halifax bomber crashed in Germany.More

RCAF SAR crew from 442 transport and rescue squadron airlifts cruise ship passenger to hospital
Ottawa Citizen
Search and Rescue crews from the Royal Canadian Air Force's 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron were tasked by Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria to evacuate a cruise ship passenger. The medical evacuation took place from the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl, 157 kilometres off the coast of Port Hardy, Vancouver Island.More

Air Cadets soar at 72nd annual ceremonial review
Cumberland News Now
Young cadets contemplating a career in the Air Force can't do much better than to take advice from Amherst resident Jim Kerr. "A career in the military, specifically a career in the Canadian Air Force, could be one of those career paths worth looking into. I've certainly have no regrets," said Kerr, who was the reviewing officer at the 154 Amherst Anson Royal Air Cadets 72nd Annual Ceremonial Review Sunday at the Amherst Armouries.More

70th anniversary of the founding of the RCAF's first three squadrons dedicated to air transport operations
RCAF
The National Air Force Museum of Canada's Ad Astra stone programme has proven very successful both at raising funds for the museum and providing a modest but poignant means of recognizing those who have served, or are serving, with Canada's Air Force. As the programme was implemented in 1995, five decades after the end of the Second World War , it is unsurprising that those most deserving of recognition — those who gave their lives during the war…are least represented amongst the over 10,500 stones in the RCAF Memorial Air Park. More

RCAF St-Hubert Reunion
RCAF
The bi-annual Junior Ranks Reunion is held for those who were stationed at RCAF Station St. Hubert - including but not limited to those who worked with the 401 & 438 Reserve Sqn’s, 104 KU, 426 Sqn, ADCHQ, and all other units. Today St. Hubert has so much less activity that we hold our reunion at RCAF Base Trenton. Our 9th bi-annual reunion will be held in the WOs' & SGTs' Mess at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario between June 20th – 22nd, 2014. More

75th anniversary of the Harvard in Canada
RCAF
2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the Harvard in Canada. The Harvard Mark II saw service with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan from 1939 to 1945. The Harvard Mark IV saw service as an advanced trainer during the 1950s and 60s. The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association invites anyone who flew, trained with or serviced this magnificent aircraft to join us on the weekend of 20-22 June, 2014 as we celebrate 75 years of the Harvard with “The Gathering of Harvards and Heroes”. We have invited all currently flying Harvard aircraft to join us at the Tillsonburg airport, and we will have presentations, aircraft flying, contests and a banquet on the Saturday night. On Sunday we will attempt to put into the air the largest formation of Harvards since they were in service. More information for accommodations, program of events and participating aircraft can be found at our website and on Facebook. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see, touch and even fly in these historic aircraft. Please join us as we continue the legend. More