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Kenney: Canadian CF-18 jets bomb targets in Syria for the first time
Yahoo!
Defence Minister Jason Kenney says Canadian war planes have bombed their first targets in Syria. Kenney says on Twitter that CF-18s struck an ISIL garrison in Ar-Raqqah, which is about 160 kilometres east of the embattled city of Aleppo. It is nominally considered the capital of the extremist organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
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HMCS Fredericton along with RCAF Auroras to take part in multi-national exercise
Ottawa Citizen
HMCS Fredericton has joined Exercise JOINT WARRIOR along with various international military forces gathering for the semi-annual exercise, the Canadian Forces said in a news release. Two RCAF CP-140 Auroras will also take part to the exercise. Fredericton and other Standing NATO Maritime Group Two warships, as well as the two RCAF CP-140 Auroras, will participate in the semi-annual training exercise conducted in the coastal waters off the United Kingdom.
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Canada to deploy 200 non-combat soldiers to Ukraine crisis
VanCity Buzz
The federal government is sending 200 Canadian military personnel to assist Ukrainian soldiers who have struggled to fight against pro-Russia rebels in the eastern areas of the country. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the two-year mission recently, which follows up on the Ukraine government's request to NATO for additional assistance.
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Second-hand store find recalls famous squadron
Cowichan Valley Citizen
I know a keeper when I see one. It was hanging on a wall, almost lost among the flotsam and jetsam of a local second-hand store. Looking very much like a small life-ring, it's six inches across, of brass surrounded by dark brown plastic, and it bears the legend, "Bison Squadron." I knew that it had to be Royal Canadian Air Force, likely Second World War vintage. As it quickly proved to be, thanks to Google.
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Canadair F-86 Sabre returns to Air Force Museum
Inside Belleville
After undergoing months of repair and beautification offsite, the National Air Force Museum of Canada's F-86 Sabre was brought home sporting her brand new colours. Aircraft 23257, Canadair designation CL-13, was delivered to RCAF Station Chatham, N.B., in November 1954. A Mk. V version, the aircraft continued to fly with the Sabre Transition Unit until its retirement in 1968.
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New hangar for Cyclone helicopters opened, but still no aircraft
Ottawa Citizen
A ceremony was held recently to mark the official opening and naming of 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron's new hangar facility at the Victoria International Airport. At a total cost of $155 million, the new hangar facility will allow the Squadron to accommodate the new CH-148 Cyclone helicopter through the hangar's additional capabilities, space, and technology, according to the RCAF news release.
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Cascade marks CC-130 Hercules support milestone
Shephard Media
Cascade Aerospace celebrated the 100th delivery of a CC-130 Hercules aircraft to the Royal Canadian Air Force following scheduled maintenance recently. The delivery was made from the company's Abbotsford, B.C. base. The CC-130 will return to service as a long-range, fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft. This marks a major milestone for Cascade's multi-year contract with the RCAF as the prime contractor for program management, engineering, maintenance, material and technical support for the CC-130 fleet.
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USAF explores future upgrades for F-35 Lightning II aircraft
Airforce Technology
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) is reportedly exploring potential upgrades that can be performed on the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft in the future. F-35 Integration Office director major general Jeffrey Harrigian was quoted by Reuters as saying that the service was already looking at follow-on capabilities for the fighter in the wake of rapid technological advances made by potential adversaries, and ensuring that the infrastructure was in place to enable such upgrades.
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Veterans Affairs to hire 100 case managers to tend to ex-soldiers
Toronto Star
Veterans Affairs will be hiring up to 100 additional case managers to help guide the country's former soldiers through the maze of the federal bureaucracy.

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RCAF receives 5th CC-177 Globemaster
Shephard Media
The new C-17, or CC-177 in Canadian service, will augment the current fleet of Globemasters operated by 429 Squadron and based at 8 Wing Trenton and extend the fleet's life expectancy by around seven and a half years.

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Some events of 1941
Gander Beacon
The RCAF Station Diary of Gander Military Airport was classified as top secret for many years after the war. Following are some interesting Diary entries.

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Museum Expansion Gala
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Saturday, May 9, 2015
5:30 pm to 10:00 pm (MDT)
Nanton, AB

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!

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Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael, CD, RCAF (ret'd), first female Snowbird Pilot and Commander, guest speaker at Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame 42nd Induction Ceremony
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael, CD, RCAF (ret'd) will be the guest speaker at the 42nd annual induction ceremony of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. The former RCAF pilot was the first woman chosen to be part of the Snowbirds demonstration flight team, and later became the Commanding Officer of the squadron.
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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.

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RCAF Airwomen's 12th Reunion
RCAF Airwomen
June 5-7, 2015
The Coast High Country Inn
4051 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1H1

Hello ladies,
Your 12th Reunion Committee is hard at work finalizing plans for our reunion at The Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, YK.

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5th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament
Canadian Heroes Foundation
The Canadian Heroes Foundation, together with American Heroes Racing, are proud to announce that our annual memorial golf tournament will be taking place on...

September 17, 2015
At John Daly's first Signature golf course: Thundering Waters Golf Club
Niagara Falls, ON

This year, we will be playing in memory of two Fallen Heroes: a Canadian soldier and an American soldier, both of whom served their countries while abroad.

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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.

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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.

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