RCAF Association News
Oct. 9, 2015

First World War flag carried by Canadian aviators to be presented to Shearwater Aviation Museum
Ottawa Citizen
In 1916, Quebec brothers Roy and Donald Foss signed up for overseas duty with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, bringing with them a flag as a memento of Canada and possibly a good luck charm. Because a Canadian air component did not exist at the time, the pair began training as probationary pilots with the newly formed 28 Squadron, Royal Air Force. The flag flew with them on their practice runs.More

RCAF retires only 4 Sea Kings in near future
Waterloo Region Record
Only four of the air force's venerable CH-124 Sea King helicopters are due to be written off between now and the next spring, despite the splashy retirement party for the five decade-old workhorses. National Defence is also spending more than $500,000 on a program to ensure the transition to the new CH-148 Cyclones is not a total culture shock for pilots and air crew. More

Fewer Canadian bombs dropped on Iraq, Syria since election call
Maclean's
Fewer Canadian bombs have been falling on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant since the federal election call, new National Defence statistics show. CF-18 fighters conducted 22 air raids, which is roughly half the average number of attacks carried out each month since the spring. There were 30 raids by Canadian warplanes in the summer and 20 raids prior to that. The only time Canada conducted fewer missions this year was when only nine strikes were recorded.More

Cineplex Entertainment donates $50,000 to Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Skies Magazine
Cineplex Entertainment has announced it will be donating $50,000 to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, whose Avro Lancaster bomber will be featured in a documentary debuting at select theatres this fall, entitled Reunion of Giants. As depicted in the film, it has been 50 years since two Avro Lancaster bombers flew side by side. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Avro Lancaster, known as VeRA, flew from Hamilton, ON, to meet her British counterpart, Thumper — the only other surviving flightworthy Lancaster bomber in the world. More

Last of Millet's WWII vets honoured with quilt
Wetaskiwin Times
The ladies from the Millet Arts and Crafts Guild decided it was time for Millet's last Second World War veteran to be recognized and, after a year of work, recently presented Owen Horlacher with a Quilt of Valour. Quilts of Valour-Canada was founded in 2006 to acknowledge the significant contribution made by injured Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans. Specially-designed quilts were created for presentation to injured members and veterans.More

Hanover Air Cadets honour anniversary of Battle of Britain
Hanover Post
The 812 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets of Hanover recently held a special night to honour the anniversary of not only the 45th anniversary of the local cadets, but also the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The event took place at John Diefenbaker Senior School. The Battle of Britain is the name given to the Second World War air campaign fought by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) against the United Kingdom during the summer and autumn of 1940. More

Charlottetown accepting nominations for veterans recognition awards
Charlottetown Guardian
The City of Charlottetown is now accepting nominations for the Veterans Recognition Awards. The recipients will be announced during the annual ceremony at the Rodd Charlottetown. Those eligible for nomination include men and women living within city limits who served in the Armed Forces of Canada during the Second World War, the Korean War or in a special duty area, which is generally referred to as a peacekeeping mission.More

Air Force successfully tests wearable biometric sensors
GCN
The Air Force Research Laboratory's Tech Warrior exercises give airmen a chance to test new equipment and allow scientists and engineers to see how their lab technology performs in the field. At the most recent exercise, one of the technologies tested was the BioStampRC Wearable Sensing Platform, used to measure and monitor biomedical data. A flexible and wearable patch, the BioStampRC monitors performance and body signatures from electrocardiogram to temperature, Rajesh Naik, chief scientist of the 711th Human Performance Wing of the AFRL, told GCN. 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

2015 Canadian Aerospace Summit: The Official Program is now available
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
The CAS2015 Organizing Committee is proud to announce that program for the 2015 Canadian Aerospace Summit is now available! Held under the theme The Sky is the Limit, conference presentations will provide Canadian and international perspectives on the future of the industry. Featuring speakers from companies of all sizes and sectors, the program is sure to provide you with new insights and opportunities to grow your business.

Full program details

Registration

Early-bird registration deadline is Oct. 16. Don't miss out on the opportunity to save about 15 per cent on the standard rates.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 Jan. 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)

Sincerely,

John T. Stemple, M.A.
Photojournalist

P.O. Box 3893
Winter Haven, FL 33885

Telephone: (863) 291-3190More

2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion

A Reunion cruise has been set up, to reunite former serving members, civilian staff and dependents who had the great fortune to be part of #1 Air Division in Europe.

The cruise will be aboard the Holland America ship, MS Nieuw Amsterdam — a highly-rated and new ship in their fleet. We will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 10, 2016 — sailing through the Panama Canal on her way to Vancouver, B.C. The cruise length is 20 nights. The ports of call will be:

Cartagena, Columbia
Cruising Panama Canal
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Corinto, Nicaragua
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Huatulco, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Diego, California
Victoria, B.C.
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, B.C.

As with all Panama Canal cruises — the ship will book up quickly — so the recommendation is to book soon to avoid disappointment. Already a core group are booked and ready to enjoy the companionship, the memories, wonderful weather, the ports and all the great amenities of life aboard a beautiful ship.

Visit our website!

Or, see us and join us on Facebook — #1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion — 2016

For further information, contact Gary Arnold — garnold@cruiseshipcenters.comMore