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F-35's French rival pitches 'Canadianized' fighter jet
CBC News
Dassault Aviation of France is making an aggressive bid to sideline the F-35 and to sell its own jet fighter to Canada, offering to transfer technology, create jobs and share billions of dollars in business if Canada buys its Rafale fighter to replace its outdated fleet of CF-18s. Dassault leads the French consortium that makes the twin-engined Rafale for the French air force. The Rafale, unlike the F-35, has been combat-tested in Afghanistan, Libya and Mali.
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RCAF receives 10th Chinook
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RCAF's 10th new Boeing CH-147F Chinook was delivered. The delivery flight originated at the Boeing factory in Ridley Park, PA, and landed at Pearson International in Toronto for customs clearance and fuel. The flight then proceeded to the Chinook's home base at CFB Petawawa, ON. The Canadian government ordered 15 CH-147Fs in 2009 in a $5 billion deal. The first was officially delivered in June 2013, with an average of one aircraft delivered per month since then.
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RCAF joins plane search
The Phnom Penh Post
Cambodia has deployed four helicopters and two warships to join the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370, the Ministry of Defence announced. In a statement, the ministry said it dispatched four Chinese-made Z-9 helicopters and two P46 navy ships to join the hunt for the missing plane, by searching islands and maritime areas at the Cambodia-Vietnam border.
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F-35's French rival pitches 'Canadianized' fighter jet
CBC News
Dassault Aviation of France is making an aggressive bid to sideline the F-35 and to sell its own jet fighter to Canada, offering to transfer technology, create jobs and share billions of dollars in business if Canada buys its Rafale fighter to replace its outdated fleet of CF-18s. Dassault leads the French consortium that makes the twin-engined Rafale for the French air force.

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RCAF training flight ends with ejection
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Air Force (RCAF) instructor pilot and student now have an uneven number of takeoffs and landings in their logbooks. Both qualified for membership in the Caterpillar Club by ejecting from their Beechcraft CT-156 Harvard II trainer during a routine training mission.

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Hanover native named to Royal Canadian Air Force demonstration team
Black Burn News
A Hanover native has been named to the Royal Canadian Air Force's CF-18 demonstration team. Adam Runge will fly a specially painted CF-18 commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force through 2014.

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Royal Canadian Air Force rewrites rules after fatal Arctic rescue
Global News
The Royal Canadian Air Force is considering a rewrite of its rules for high-risk search-and-rescue missions following the investigation of a dramatic Arctic rescue. "Appropriate regulations would serve to restrict operations when the risk is pre-determined to be too high," says the final report into the mission.
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Warm welcome home for last Canadian troops returning from Afghanistan
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The last of Canada's troops serving in Afghanistan are back on home soil. Their arrival in Ottawa marks the true end of 12 years in the Middle Eastern country. The 93 troops in desert combats were greeted by a round of applause as they stepped off a military plane at CFB Uplands. They were immediately folded into hugs — one soldier from Montreal lifted his girlfriend into the air, holding her tightly as their lips met.
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National defense critic denounces 5 Wing downgrade
The Labradorian
St. John's East MP and NDP defence critic Jack Harris is calling out the federal government for downgrades to 5 Wing Goose Bay. Serco employees on the base will be laid off. At the same time, the Royal Canadian Air Force will be lowering the category of the airfield from seven to five. "Our view on it, obviously, is it's a bad step, an indication that this government doesn't have the long-term interests of the Goose Bay forces” said Harris.
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RCAF St-Hubert Reunion
RCAF
The bi-annual Junior Ranks Reunion is held for those who were stationed at RCAF Station St. Hubert - including but not limited to those who worked with the 401 & 438 Reserve Sqn’s, 104 KU, 426 Sqn, ADCHQ, and all other units. Today St. Hubert has so much less activity that we hold our reunion at RCAF Base Trenton. Our 9th bi-annual reunion will be held in the WOs' & SGTs' Mess at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario between June 20th – 22nd, 2014.
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75th anniversary of the Harvard in Canada
RCAF
2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the Harvard in Canada. The Harvard Mark II saw service with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan from 1939 to 1945. The Harvard Mark IV saw service as an advanced trainer during the 1950s and 60s. The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association invites anyone who flew, trained with or serviced this magnificent aircraft to join us on the weekend of 20-22 June, 2014 as we celebrate 75 years of the Harvard with “The Gathering of Harvards and Heroes”. We have invited all currently flying Harvard aircraft to join us at the Tillsonburg airport, and we will have presentations, aircraft flying, contests and a banquet on the Saturday night. On Sunday we will attempt to put into the air the largest formation of Harvards since they were in service. More information for accommodations, program of events and participating aircraft can be found at our website and on Facebook. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see, touch and even fly in these historic aircraft. Please join us as we continue the legend.
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