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The Trudeau government is quietly shopping for drones for the military and expects to see expressions of interest from the defence industry by mid-April.
But the tire-kicking exercise is setting the stage for a potentially bruising policy debate over whether the remotely controlled aircraft should be armed and under what circumstances they would employ deadly force.
The real stars of the Quinte International Air Show will be the vintage wartime aircraft, their engines roaring above this sprawling air field.
Decades earlier, Trenton was known as "the hub" that trained air crews from around the world.
The air show that takes flight on June 25-26 will commemorate the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and the 75th anniversary of the 400 series of squadrons, designations still in use by the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Extinguishing fires, parachuting search and rescue technicians and the jaws of life were all part of a busy scene at the Kamloops airport recently, but the emergency was only an exercise, a unique one which gave local emergency crews a chance to work with the best of the best in search and rescue, the Royal Canadian Air Force's 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron.
The Comox-based squadron descended upon the city for exercises with Kamloops Search and Rescue, the Rocky Mountain Rangers, Kamloops Fire Rescue and local B.C. Ambulance Services which showed their preparedness for when disaster strikes.
Twenty-five years after the Liberation of Kuwait, 8 Wing continues to play a key role in Canada's fight against ISIL. But senior base commanders paused recently during a commemoration ceremony held at the National Air Force Museum to honour and remember 8 Wing's role on the 25th anniversary of Operation Friction and the liberation of the Gulf state.
Harry Hardy has a lot of stories that end with him saying that he obviously survived or he wouldn't be here.
The 93-year-old former fighter pilot recently shared some of them with the Social Studies 11 class at R.E. Mountain school in Langley, B.C.
The students, who have been studying the history of the Second World War, listened intently as Hardy described the hazardous life of a fighter pilot of that era.
Hardy flew a Typhoon, a British-built fighter-bomber that made low-altitude attacks on German ground forces.
Canadian Skies Magazine
When Paul Blinn looks at the Piasecki/Vertol H-44 helicopter, he's helping restore for Greenwood Military Aviation Museum, he sees traces of the Boeing Vertol CH-113 Labrador.
Both are tandem-rotor aircraft used for search-and-rescue missions in the Canadian Armed Forces and both are shaped a bit like tropical fruit.
The H-44's nickname was the "Flying Banana," and the Labrador is vaguely similar, with nose and tail sections that rise upward from a long, tube-shaped body.
U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has revealed the first rendering of the country's proposed Long Range Strike Bomber. It is designated the B-21.
There are no existing prototypes of the aircraft, so the unveiling was of the artist rendering, which the USAF says is based on the initial design concept. The designation B-21 recognizes the LRS-B as the first bomber of the 21st century, according to USAF.
The bomber is a top priority for USAF, but the project is expected to face hurdles, including over costs.
Air Cadet League of Canada
As part of our anniversary celebration, we have been reaching out to past Cadets to share with us where being an Air Cadet has taken them. Celebrate 75 years of Cadets in Canada by sharing your "Cadet Story."
The Toronto Garrison Officers' Ball 2016 will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, at the Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. This annual event is the highlight of the Garrison's social season and it may be of interest to the membership of the RCAF Association. Subscription pricing ranges from $125.00 to $175.00 per person, and based on previous years, we sell out quickly. Please visit www.torontogarrisonball.ca for additional information.
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:
Cruising Panama Canal
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Diego, California
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
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On 5 May 1941, No. 406 Squadron RCAF was created at RAF Acklington. Now, 75 years later, the unit is still operational as part of the CH-124 Sea King community. To celebrate 406's long-standing and diverse history, a multi-day event will be held from Friday May 13th — Saturday May 14th, 2016, for all past and present members!
407 Long Range Patrol Squadron
407 Long Range Patrol Squadron will be holding a 75th Anniversary Reunion, from June 17-19, 2016, in Comox, B.C. All current and former "Demons," and friends of the Squadron, past and present, are invited to attend. Further details are available at www.407reunion.com. Deadline for registration is May 15, 2016. Any questions may be directed to the Reunion Committee at email@example.com. To Hold on High!
May 28, 2016 — Squadron Open House & Mixed Mess Dinner
May 29, 2016 — Brunch followed by a choice of several activities: Golf day in the Fredericton area, day trip to St. Andrews (including whale watching trip), or day trip to St. John.
More information will be added as details are finalized, but initial information is to help those travelling from afar. Please feel free to share with any former Wolf Pack members!
*Note: RSVPing for this event on Facebook does not constitute an official RSVP to the organizing committee.*
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to officially RSVP.
A lot has changed, but a lot has stayed the same.
The 75-year heritage — and future — of four Royal Canadian Air Force Squadrons will be showcased at a June 23-26 gathering at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia; along with 50 years' worth of VP International history. Organizers expect up to 600 guests to attend anniversary events over the week, all highlighting the strong relationships within the Canadian aviation community, and with international partners.
408 Goose Squadron Association
Come out and celebrate the 75th anniversary of 408 Squadron!
The 408 Goose Squadron Association is proud to celebrate the 75th Anniversary and Reunion of the formation of 408 Squadron on the weekend of June 24-26, 2016. Register now for the early-bird rate!
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The New Brunswick Aviation Museum is hosting a reunion from July 8-10, 2016 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the opening of Royal Canadian Air Force Station/Canadian Forces Base Chatham. The reunion is open to anyone who ever worked or trained there from 1941 until 1996, including former military and civilian personnel and their families. The reunion is also open to anyone who served at St. Margaret's or Tracadie Air Range.
Sabre Pilots Association of the Air Division Squadrons
Sept. 15-18, 2016
Delta City Centre Hotel, Ottawa
The Ottawa members of SPAADS look forward to, again, welcoming our fellow members as our guests to join us in your nation's capital for the 2016 reunion. Our SPAADS 2016 website has just been activated. Here you will find information helpful for you to register for the reunion, make your hotel reservations, and assist you with your stay here in Ottawa.
Halifax International Security Forum
The Halifax International Security Forum announced recently that the 8th Halifax International Security Forum will take place from Nov. 18-20, 2016 in Halifax, N.S.
The annual Forum brings together democratic security leaders from more than 60 countries to address the most pressing international security challenges.
"As local communities deal with the consequences of global security threats, I am proud that Halifax provides an important venue for people with shared values to come together and build strategies for working more closely together," said Peter Van Praagh, President of the Halifax International Security Forum.
Invitations to the Nov. 18-20, 2016 Forum will be issued in the spring.
For more information about the Halifax International Security Forum, please contact email@example.com.
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