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Canada's expanding ISIL mission: What happens next?
The Conservative government wants to extend the Canadian mission in Iraq for another year and expand military efforts to include bombing targets in Syria, which raises some questions. What is the end goal of Canada's government?
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Pilots, fuzzy procedures blamed for RCAF crash in Afghanistan 4 years ago
A helicopter crash that seriously injured a soldier and forced a halt to one of Canada's last combat missions in Afghanistan was the result of pilot error and fuzzy procedures, a long-awaited report concludes.
The crash on landing in 2011 in a remote part of Panjwaii district destroyed the $45 million Chinook and left eight others with minor injuries, according to the report released recently.
Avro Lancaster KB882 has a new home
As Warbirds News reported previously, the combat veteran Avro Lancaster KB882, which has long been on outside display in Edmundston, NB, was set to move to a new home. The local town council, which owns the former RCAF bomber, had come to the sad conclusion that they no longer had the means to care for the rare aircraft in its deteriorating state, and decided they had to pass the torch to another group, even if that meant that KB882 had to leave its home in the maritimes.
David Mulroney warns Canada should apply Afghanistan's lessons to Iraq
A former top official on Canada's work in Afghanistan is warning against getting too involved in Iraq without clear and realistic objectives.
David Mulroney, who served as the deputy minister in charge of the Afghanistan Task Force, said Canada hasn't looked closely enough at its experience in Afghanistan. Mulroney said a newly released audit shows "how hard it was to get that development assistance and humanitarian assistance right in a place where none of the officials were really clear about what Canada's objectives were."
Great Escape's duty pilot has Sault ties
The Canadian prisoner who watched German guards enter and exit Stalag Luft III also has a Sault Ste. Marie connection.
George Sweanor's grandfather, William, moved his family to the community in 1894. He was a painter and operated a cigar and novelty store. Sweanor's father, George Edward, played hockey and lacrosse in the Sault. He enjoyed canoeing north of the community.
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Putting names to the faces of Second World War soldiers
There are still 600 names without faces in the Canadian war cemetery in Holten, Holland.
Calgary nurse Donna Maxwell and her 24-year-old niece Clarice are making it their mission to find as many photos of those remaining soldiers as possible by this spring, when the Netherlands celebrates soldiers of the First Canadian Army who liberated it from the Nazis 70 years ago.
First 'made in Canada' flight engineer wings for RCAF CH-147F crew member awarded
Corporal Reid Bellamy achieved a significant milestone for his squadron — 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron — the RCAF is reporting in an article on its website. Recently, the squadron's commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Chris McKenna, presented CH-147F Chinook helicopter flight engineer wings to Corporal Bellamy.
New simulation strategy sets road-map for RCAF future
Royal Canadian Air Force
The Royal Canadian Air Force is at a crossroads. The current training system, which relies heavily on the use of real aircraft, is becoming more and more unaffordable. At the same time, the ability to train by using advanced simulation continues to improve.
Historic plane makes stop in Saskatoon
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From war hero to television star, it's been quite a ride for a special plane that stopped in Saskatoon recently.
The DC-3 plane is owned by Yellowknife-based Buffalo Airways. It's been featured prominently in History Television's Ice Pilots.
But Buffalo Airways' general manager Mikey McBryan said work on the show is really the least of this particular plane's accomplishments.
Oxford Landing honours town's military heritage
Penhold, AB, council recently adopted street names for a new development that will reflect the town's aviation history.
During a previous council meeting, councillors voted on the names for Oxford Landing, a residential development located on the north side of Highway 42.
"Even though Penhold was there first, everyone thinks of the Canadian Forces Penhold (base), started by the Canadian Air Force," said Mayor Dennis Cooper of the town's past.
Lockheed likely to lose some incentive over F-35 software delay
Lockheed Martin is likely to lose some incentive fees due to delays in final delivery of the 2B software it is developing for the F-35 fighter jet, the Air Force general who runs the $391 billion program told reporters on recently.
Lieutenant General Chris Bodgan said software testing revealed problems with the ability of the jets to fuse data about threats on the ground when four F-35s were flying at once.
Air Force to improve camera for targeting munitions
Armed With Science
In order for an imaging munition to find and make its mark, a variety of information is required, including high-resolution video imagery. Future Air Force munitions will likely feature wide field-of-view imaging seekers that provide Air Force war-fighters several advantages over using traditional imaging seekers, including improved capability and lower cost.
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National Volunteer Week 2015 theme: 'Volunteers are part of the ripple effect'
A volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake: its effect has a direct impact. At the same time, like ripples, volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities. Undeniably, volunteers rock.
National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada's 13.3 million volunteers. NVW 2015 takes place April 12-18. It marks the 12th consecutive year we've delivered the NVW campaign in partnership with Investors Group, Canada's corporate leader in volunteer recognition.
Museum Expansion Gala
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Saturday, May 9, 2015
5:30 pm to 10:00 pm (MDT)
Please have a look at our expansion plans, plan on attending our Museum Expansion Gala, and support the project by bidding on some fantastic items such as a two-hour flight in an L39 Albatros Jet!
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame to induct 4 new members and honour a Belt of Orion recipient
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members at its 42nd annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Skyservice hangar in Toronto, ON, at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. The annual black-tie event is a highlight in Canadian aviation celebration and draws attendance from across Canada.
The new members are:
• Arthur Roy Brown, DSC: WWI pilot and combat leader
• James Stuart "Jim" McBride: aviation entrepreneur
• George Miller, CD: leader of the Snowbirds aerobatic team, 1973
• Owen Bartley "O.B." Philp C.M., DFC, CD: a military pilot and driving spirit behind the formation of Canada's Aerial Demonstration Squadron — the Snowbirds.
• AeroVelo Inc. — Belt of Orion Award for Excellence.
RCAF Airwomen's 12th Reunion
June 5-7, 2015
The Coast High Country Inn
4051 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1H1
Your 12th Reunion Committee is hard at work finalizing plans for our reunion at The Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, YK.
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.
2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion
There is going to be a 2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion, open to all who served in Europe from 1950 to 1991.
You can access the information at our webpage.
You can contact Gary Arnold, retired military, at 604-226-6894 or 1-800-661-3770.
You may also contact Christine Eden.
50 Minthorn Blvd., Suite 800, Thornhill, ON, L3T 7X8