RCAF Association News
Sep. 4, 2014

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. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight tour is expected to draw millions of visitors. 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 air force notes 'significant' savings by hiring foreign pilots
Metro News
The Royal Canadian Air Force reaps "significant" savings by hiring foreign military pilots to fly its aircraft, a briefing note says. Thanks to their past experience flying transport aircraft, fighter jets or helicopters, foreign pilots can quickly take place in the cockpits of Canadian military aircraft. 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

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