RCAF Association News
Aug. 15, 2014

Seller in Red Deer takes to Kijiji to sell fighter jet
Along with the well-worn futons, tired loveseats and suspect mattresses, bargain hunters shopping on Kijiji in Alberta recently stumbled across a high-flying ad with much loftier ambitions. Once used by Britain's Royal Navy to fly missions in Kosovo, a Sea Harrier FA2 fighter jet is being offered by a collector in Red Deer for $1.5 million.More

Spy plane program ditched as National Defence eyes extra U.S. planes
CTV News
The Harper government has ditched a proposed competition to buy as many as four sophisticated spy planes — but with the U.S. looking to sell off surplus aircraft in the wake of the war in Afghanistan, the project may not be entirely dead. Last year, Canada's Department of Public Works asked the defence industry for ideas on the possible purchase of manned airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planes.More

Cascade seeks more Hercules support deals
Flight Global
Cascade Aerospace is leveraging its experience in the management and maintenance of the Royal Canadian Air Force's fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130E/H tactical transports in the international marketplace. The company is looking to provide comprehensive upgrades and maintenance along with ongoing support to operators of "legacy" Hercules.More

Robin Williams remembered fondly by military for USO shows
660 News
Robin Williams was a superstar in movies, on television and at comedy clubs. But some of his biggest laughs came at military bases. Elizabeth O'Herrin of the Wisconsin Air National Guard remembers working the night shift in the city of Doha in Qatar, delivering munitions to American fighter jets.More

Canadian tanker conducts air-to-air refuelling of Navy aircraft
IHS Jane's 360
With about 1,000 personnel participating in the multinational Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise hosted by the U.S. Navy, the Canadian Armed Forces seized a multitude of opportunities to train its air, land, and sea units, including Royal Canadian Air Force tanker crews that otherwise have scant opportunities to conduct air-to-air refuelling with other nations' fighters.More

Famed Second World War Avro Lancaster bomber sets off for U.K. tour
CTV News
Canada's only air-worthy Second World War Lancaster bomber plane took off recently from Hamilton on the first leg of a journey to the other side of the Atlantic. The plane will take part in a three-day journey to the United Kingdom, making stops along the way. When it arrives in the U.K., it will be featured in a two-month aerial tour.More

Dog parachute discovered in Calgary attic belongs to RCAF mascot
Edmonton Journal
Snoopy clashed with the Red Baron in the funny pages. During the Cold War, an Edmonton mutt chomped down on U.S. air force brass. Members of the 418 Squadron Association received a photo and an unusual question a few weeks ago. A small brown canvas bag had been found in a Calgary attic: could it be a dog parachute?More

Canadian veteran battling PTSD with paddle-boarding
Metro News
Only a couple of days away from the finish of a paddle-boarding river trek from Edmonton to Winnipeg, Trevor Petersen said he's dealing with "utter exhaustion" and aching muscles. The 42-year-old military veteran, discharged in 2010 after a tour in Afghanistan and subsequent diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), isn't slowing down however, and he said he's already planning next year's journey to raise awareness of the little-understood mental illness.More

New right-hand man lands at 8 Wing
Belleville Intelligencer
Time flies by fast when you have fun serving your country here at 8 Wing. Ask outgoing Wing Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) at Canada's largest air base — now a Captain — Sandor Gyuk. Gyuk passed his torch of chief to Moose Jaw, SK native CWO Darcy Elder during a change of appointment ceremony held recently at the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton.More

History continues to breath life to Hangar #1
Westman Journal
History comes to life at the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum located in Hanger #1, 300 Commonwealth Way at the Brandon Municipal Airport. Open seven days a week from 10:00 am — 4:00 pm during the summer months, the museum depicts the war story from the air. Museum Executive Director Stephen Hayter explained that the information depicted at the museum is history that is important to all of Canada and other countries around the world.More

U.S. Air Force graduates first F-35 crew chiefs
Ottawa Citizen
Nine airmen became the first U.S. Air Force recruits to graduate initial skills technical training as F-35 Lightning II crew chiefs after completing Mission-Ready Airmen training at Elgin Air Force Base recently, the U.S. Air Force reports. "The opportunity to be the first of something so important means a lot. I know many people are looking at us to be the best — it's a big honor," said Airman 1st Class, Saovada Pum.More

Spitfire Dance
October 23-26, 2014 — Barney Danson Theatre — Canadian War Museum

In a world of war-time aviation dominated by men... Women had other ideas. Spitfire Dance tells the stories of pioneer female aviators — their courage, their daring and their frustrations. They were the women who dared compete in that most male of establishments: aviation.

Written and directed by Clint Ward. Starring Karen Cromar, Glen Bowser and Brian Jackson (Music Director).More

Canadian Aerospace Summit announces first program confirmations
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
The Summit program will feature industry experts on technology, skills, advanced manufacturing, space, and more.

Themed "One World: Delivering Results in a Global Market," the 2014 Canadian Aerospace Summit's conference program will include:

Barry Kohler, President and CEO, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada
Perrin Beatty, President, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Jayson Meyers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME)
• Space panel with senior representatives from NASA and CSA
• Global aerospace trends panel with international industry experts, moderated by Joe Anselmo, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week
• Major platform presentations with senior representatives of major global OEMs, including Debbie Rub, Vice President and Global Manager, Global Strike, Boeing.

Register now! More

70th anniversary of the founding of the RCAF's first 3 squadrons dedicated to air transport operations
The National Air Force Museum of Canada's Ad Astra stone program 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 program 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