RCAF Association News
Jun. 26, 2015

Canada accepts first 6 Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclones
Flight Global
The Royal Canadian Air Force has accepted delivery of its first six Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone maritime patrol helicopters, marking a major step forward for the Sea King replacement program that has a "torturous history." Two more helicopters are due to arrive at the Shearwater operating base in Nova Scotia, and the full tranche of 28 Cyclones will be in place by 2021, Canadian defence minister Jason Kenney said at the recent ceremony.More

Conservatives roll out defence announcements in run-up to federal election
Ottawa Citizen
A new search and rescue training centre will be built in British Columbia, giving the Conservative government yet another high-profile project to announce in the run-up to the federal election, the Citizen has learned. The government is rolling out a number of defence announcements. Those include an announcement by Associate Defence Minister Julian Fantino that Colt Canada of Kitchener, ON, is getting a contract to work on new rifles for the Canadian Rangers.More

CAE ventures into live military training
AIN Online
Simulation and training specialist CAE (Chalet 56) has agreed to purchase Bombardier's Military Aviation Training business, and with it the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) school. NFTC operates from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, with the Beechcraft CT-156/T-6 Harvard II and from Cold Lake, AB, with the BAE Systems CT-155 Hawk. More

WWII pilot Eric Honeyman's remains brought home to B.C. after 70 years
CBC News
More than 70 years after he was killed in World War II, Sgt. Eric Honeyman was laid to rest in Trail, B.C. Honeyman, who was a fighter pilot in the U.S. air force, was born in Trail before his family moved to Alameda, CA. He was shot down during the Battle of the Bulge while on a mission over Belgium, where his remains lay undiscovered for over six decades. In 2006, a hiker came across the plane's wreckage, which eventually led to an investigation and the excavation of Honeyman's remains.More

Legendary pilot Roy Brown enters Aviation Hall of Fame
Ontario native son Arthur Roy Brown, generally regarded as the man who downed German pilot Manfred von Richthofen, known as the "Red Baron," was inducted as a member of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame at ceremonies held recently at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. Roy Brown was an accomplishment fighter pilot and recognized as a squadron leader, who established his own aviation company after the First World War. More

CAE to expand Italian UAV fleet training
Defense News
Italy's efforts to expand the availability of crew training for its Predator and Reaper unmanned air vehicle fleet took a step forward recently with the Air Force contracting Canadian simulator company CAE to upgrade a mission training simulator already ordered, but not delivered.More

Snowbirds builders enter Hall
Moose Jaw Times Herald
Owen Bartley Philp was the driving force behind the creation of the Snowbirds and he was succeeded by George Miller, who led the Snowbirds beginning in 1973. Philp and Miller were joined by Jim McBride and Arthur Brown in the 2015 Hall of Fame induction class. AeroVelo won the Belt of Orion Award for Excellence. It was a special night for members of the Snowbirds past and present who attended the induction ceremony.More

Air Force cyber-security scheme aims to deceive and survive
Network World
The Air Force is looking for cyber-security technology that can deceive attackers, but also help its networks survive in case any online invaders are successful. The Air Force Research Laboratory issued two contracts valued at about $98 million to give the agency a variety of cyber-security technologies that would go a long way towards foiling a range of threats.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