RCAF Association News
Aug. 29, 2014

NORAD fighter jets escort commercial aircraft
North American Aerospace Defense Command
The North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled two CF-18 fighter jets based out of Bagotville, QC recently as a precautionary measure to escort Sunwing Flight 656 as it returned to Toronto. Once the aircraft was safely on the ground, the Canadian fighters returned to their home base. NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that provides maritime warning, aerospace warning and aerospace control for Canada and the United States.More

Canada's ATF completes mission in Romania
Belleville Intelligencer
The Royal Canadian Air Force completed its Air Task Force's (ATF) training mission in Romania recently. The ATF's conclusion was marked with a parade and flag-lowering ceremony at the Romanian Air Force 71st Air Base in Campia Turzii. The air component of Operation Reassurance took off at the end of April and featured military activities undertaken by 200 Canadian Armed Forces members from 8 Wing/CFB Trenton, 2 and 3 Wings Bagotville, 4 Wing Cold Lake, 14 Wing Greenwood, 17 Wing Winnipeg and 22 Wing North Bay.More

Lockheed Martin's F-35 on steady path to IOC
Aviation Today
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is maturing steadily after a number of flight-test milestones achieved this month, including weapons separation, software compatibility and flight hours. On its path to Initial Operational Capability, the F-35A aircraft AF-1 accomplished its 400th flight during a successful GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition aircraft separation test earlier this month, at Edwards Air Force Base in California.More

No engine? No problem for aerobatics expert
Montreal Gazette
Fun, as defined by former F-18 fighter pilot Michel Hamel, is putting the powerful prop aircraft he's flying around Mont St-Hilaire into a dead stall. "Hammer" — as the Aero Tigre co-founder became known in his distant Royal Canadian Air Force days — beamed at his right-seat mate during a recent aerobatics flight and asked: "Did you notice we have no engine?" Um, well, no, to be honest. I hadn't. But thanks for telling me. The extraordinary thing is that you barely notice. More

Now that is one cool photo... RCAF Sea King deploys flares during flight
Ottawa Citizen
This photo really catches the eye. Her Majesty's Canadian Ship REGINA's CH-124 Sea King helicopter deployed flares recently during a routine flight operation in the Indian Ocean.More

Dutch villagers seek relatives of airmen
Times Colonist
The villagers of Boerdonk, the Netherlands, are seeking relatives of Royal Canadian Air Force air crew shot down in a 426 Squadron Wellington aircraft on Feb. 26, 1943. Three RCAF and two Royal Air Force crew members were killed and one RCAF crew member survived and became a prisoner of war. The village is planning to erect a memorial to the fallen next month, alongside a memorial already in place, which lists the crew of an RAF Lancaster killed near the same location.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

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

One more Lanc flight for the Munson family?
Hamilton Spectator
Helen Munson's husband Matthew had such a great time on his $79,100 flight from Hamilton to England earlier this month that she wants to take a trip herself on the famed Avro Lancaster bomber. "I'm normally up for a challenge. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity," she said in a phone interview from her home in Henley-on-Thames in England. More

RCAF to raise Second World War aircraft found in Lake Muskoka
Ottawa Citizen
The RCAF has confirmed plans to raise a Second World War Northrop Nomad from its resting place in Lake Muskoka, ON, the Bracebridge Examiner has reported. Capt. Alexandre Cadieux, a Royal Canadian Air Force spokesperson, told the newspaper that the recovery is planned for October. The remains of two airmen were recovered from the aircraft.More

Canadian War Museum welcomes your donated artifacts, but can't take everything
Before you mail your great-grandfather's hand grenade from the First World War to the Canadian War Museum, give them a call first. Besides not wanting unsolicited packages arriving on their doorstep, the museum has to be selective about the donations it accepts each year. "For the most part, people think to donate the obvious," said Tony Glen, Director of Collections for the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. More

Air Force enlists 3-D printing for rocket engines
Defense Systems
Aerojet Rocketdyne has won an Air Force contract to use 3-D printing technology to develop liquid-propellant rocket engine applications destined for military launchers, the company announced recently. Aerojet, based in Sacramento, CA, said the demonstration contract, awarded through the Defense Production Act Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, would allow the manufacturer to purchase large laser sintering machines used in 3-D manufacturing. 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