RCAF Association News
Jun. 12, 2015

RCAF's new search and rescue plan: Refurbish the U.S. president's old helicopters
National Post
Lost hikers or stranded fishermen could find themselves being rescued by helicopters once designed to transport U.S. presidents. The Department of National Defence had been insistent that the presidential helicopters, purchased in 2011 for spare parts for Canada's current search-and-rescue choppers, would never be used as actual aircraft. But in an about-face, the military and DND now acknowledge they are looking at doing just thatMore

She just said, 'I'm going to do it': 92-year-old Second World War vet oldest at Whitehorse RCAF women's reunion
The Province
When Eugenie Turner decided in 1942 that she was going to join the Air Force, she first told her older brother, who was in the navy. "I didn't even say, 'What do you think?' I just said, 'I'm going to do it,'" said the 92-year-old Kelowna, B.C., resident, who was in Whitehorse for the Royal Canadian Air Force Airwomen's Reunion recently. Her Air Force ambition as a 19-year-old was supposed to be a secret.More

Canada finally advances search plane bid
Defense News
After more than 10 years of delay, Canada is moving forward with its purchase of new search-and-rescue aircraft in a competition that could attract bids from European and US aerospace firms. Lockheed Martin, Alenia and Airbus are expected to respond to the request for bids for the $3.1 billion dollar program. The new planes will replace the Royal Canadian Air Force's 40-year-old Buffalo aircraft and older model C-130s currently assigned to search-and-rescue duties.More

Canada's aviation icon, the Twin Otter, celebrates 50 years of flight
Ottawa Citizen
A special celebration is being planned for the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Twin Otter aircraft. Viking Air of Sidney, B.C., which currently builds the aircraft, is combining the celebration of the first flight of the de Havilland Twin Otter (on May 20th, 1965), with the unveiling of the Canadian flag (which took place the same year).More

Hamilton's air cadets hold annual parade to showcase youth program
CBC News
Air cadets from 779 Black Knight Squadron held their annual review parade recently, filling the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum with proud family members and military supporters. "The parade is to showcase everything that the cadets have learned and the growth of the squadron over the past year," said Emelia Tinebra, 18, a warrant officer and the commander of the parade. More than 60 cadets from the Hamilton-based youth program — ranging from 12 to 19 years old — took part in the ceremonial parade.More

Hanover Air Cadets shine in 43rd annual review parade
The Post
The 812 Hanover Squadron "Bucks Crossing" Royal Canadian Air Cadets had its 43rd annual review parade at the Saugeen Municipal Airport in front of a lot of proud friends, family, fellow cadets, dignitaries and their commanding officers. Special guest reviewing officer for the day was Hanover's own and one time cadet Captain Adam "Manik" Runge. Runge is currently with the 410 'Cougars' Tactical Fighter Squadron 4 Wing out of CFB Cold Lake, Alberta.More

F-35 and other future aircraft — not older planes — will handle electronic warfare needs, says U.S. Air Force general
Ottawa Citizen
The U.S. Air Force has said it aims to meet electronic warfare needs using next-generation aircraft such as Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter and a new long-range bomber, rather than older planes like Boeing's EA-18G Growler, Reuters news agency has reported. Air Combat Command Commander General Herbert Carlisle told journalists that the F-35 offered "some pretty impressive" electronic warfare capabilities, according to Reuters.More

U.S. Air Force developing hypersonic weapons to travel five times the speed of sound
International Business Times
The U.S. Air Force wants to create hypersonic weapons which are capable of travelling at five times the speed of sound and will be able to traverse the United States in just half an hour. Engineers at the Air Force are first trying to develop hypersonic aircraft that can fly five times the speed of sound and hope it will be ready for the military to use in missiles by 2023.More

10 fighter jet planes that are the future of air warfare
Silicon India News
Man has always lived and believed in fantasies, imagining things that are beyond the word "impossible", however if we look around today we see that the fantasies are not just dreams but the actual works. From ages man's burning desire was to fly like the bird, after achieving that he desired to make it fly suitable to his needs ride at jet speed, to carry armory, war machine and many more. Here we present you some war machines which were brewed after man's wild side.More

CAHS 52nd National Convention and Annual General Meeting
Canadian Aviation Historical Society
June 17-21, 2015
Hamilton, ON

We look forward to seeing many of you at the Canadian Aviation Historical Society's 52nd National Convention and Annual General Meeting in Hamilton, Ontario on June 17-21, 2015 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. The CAHS Convention page has been updated with the registration form, schedule, revised time for AGM, and more! Click the link for more information about the convention.More

#3 Wing RCAF Zweibrucken Germany, Brats Reunion
3 Wing Zweibrucken Brats
A reunion for all Brats of military personnel stationed to 3 Wing Zweibrucken, Germany during 1953 to 1969. The reunion will be held in Comox, B.C. on the weekend of September 11th, 2015.

Registrations are now open and information is available on the reunion website and Facebook page or contact the committee directly at 3wingbrats@gmail.com.

Come and reunite with long lost Brat friends or make new ones at the reunion. Once a Brat, always a Brat... and we'd love to "See You in September!"More

5th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament
Canadian Heroes Foundation
The Canadian Heroes Foundation, together with American Heroes Racing, are proud to announce that our annual memorial golf tournament will be taking place on...

September 17, 2015
At John Daly's first Signature golf course: Thundering Waters Golf Club
Niagara Falls, ON

This year, we will be playing in memory of two Fallen Heroes: a Canadian soldier and an American soldier, both of whom served their countries while abroad.More

1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015!
1 Air Division Reunion 2015 Committee
Registration is now open for the 1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015 at the beautiful Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville, B.C., on Oct. 30-31, 2015!

Come and celebrate with us at a destination reunion on Vancouver Island! Former 1 Air Division personnel and their children are welcome.More

2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion

There is going to be a 2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion, open to all who served in Europe from 1950 to 1991.

You can access the information at our webpage.

You can contact Gary Arnold, retired military, at 604-226-6894 or 1-800-661-3770.

You may also contact Christine Eden.More

RCAF memorial event: January 2016

It is my hope that fellow RCAF Association members in the Clearwater and Tampa, FL, areas can join us on January 11th, 2016, to honour those Floridians who volunteered with the RCAF and RAF during the Second World War. The Royal Canadian Legion Post 144 plans to host the event during their meeting at the American Legion Post 7 facility in Clearwater, FL. Canadian Forces personnel from around Florida will attend. Karl Kjarsgaard, who is a Board Member of Bomber Command Museum of Canada and the Director of Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada), will be speaking and displaying Bomber Command Museum's transportable memorial. We will also have representatives or members of the Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary) and Florida Aviation Historical Society. Hopefully, RAF, USAF and other officials will agree to attend. The building's occupancy capacity is 225 persons. The two plaques that will be dedicated can be seen here and here. Note that Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) donated the aluminum for the RCAF crest. The metal was obtained from a downed Halifax bomber. I will update everyone again once additional details become known. Mr. Dann Oliver (RCL Post 144 & RCL Eastern Division, U.S.A.) and I are planning and coordinating.

The following links provide additional information:

The Royal Canadian Legion Post 144

American Legion Post 7

Bomber Command Museum of Canada

Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada)


John T. Stemple, M.A.

P.O. Box 3893
Winter Haven, FL 33885

Telephone: (863) 291-3190 More