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CFS Alert resupplied by RCAF
The Royal Canadian Air Force completed the first of its bi-annual operations to deliver fuel and supplies to Canadian Forces Station Alert.
For two weeks each spring and fall, the RCAF conducts Operation BOXTOP to resupply CFS Alert, the most northern permanently inhabited settlement in the world, according to the news release from the Canadian Forces.
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Snowbirds showcase never-before-seen footage from belly of plane
If you're not one of the lucky few who has flown with the famed Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the military has released some never-before-seen footage that shows the thrill of doing those acrobatic tricks.
This footage was shot using a TankCam — three modified GoPro cameras retrofitted to a diesel tank located on belly of a plane. During the filming, the plane was lead in a formation that flew out of CFB Comox in B.C.
Air Force personnel return home from Kuwait
Approximately 95 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel returned home aboard a CC-150 Polaris aircraft from Operation IMPACT, the CAF's contribution to the Middle East Stabilization Force. Operation IMPACT is the CAF's military mission with the international coalition against ISIS.
The personnel, who have been deployed since the operation began in the fall, were returned to their bases at 14 Wing Greenwood, N.S., 8 Wing Trenton, and 4 Wing Cold Lake, AB.
Nepal earthquake: Canada sending relief supplies, will match donations
Canada is sending more relief supplies to earthquake-struck Nepal and says it will match donations to a fund specifically set up to help people in that country.
The federal government says it will match — dollar for dollar – all eligible contributions to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, but retroactively to when donations first started streaming in.
Comox base firefighters quickly join DART force
Seven Comox air force base firefighters with disaster training had just hours to gather their gear and deploy recently as part of Canada's response to the earthquake in Nepal.
The Royal Canadian Air Force firefighters from 19 Wing Comox and the firefighting team from Trenton, ON, are being deployed as part of a Disaster Assistance Response Team, also known as DART, one component of Canada's response to natural disasters abroad.
Battle of Britain — RAF/RCAF 75th anniversary schemes
With the official 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain approaching this fall, the Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force have decided to commemorate "The Few" by painting some of their aircraft in celebratory schemes. The RAF have chosen to mark a 29 Squadron Eurofighter Typhoon with colors mimicking the Hawker Hurricane Mk. I that James Nicolson flew during his time with 249 Squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain.
Tribute to ill-fated Lancaster bomber crew
Wilfred DeMarco would have been proud. He might also have been embarrassed by all the attention, but in Timmins and also in a tiny village in Austria, people are remembering him and his comrades. As a patriot though, he would have been proud seeing the community support at the Timmins Museum recently.
DeMarco was a young Royal Canadian Air Force Flying Officer who grew up in Moneta, in Timmins in the 1920s and 1930s. When war broke out, he soon signed up, was eventually shipped overseas and assigned to the RAF Bomber Command.
A Canadian combat search and rescue capability not a priority at this time
Most Canadians are aware that Canada possesses a sophisticated search and rescue capability, with its aircraft and helicopters primarily flown by Canada's Air Force. Some come by this knowledge as a result of a personal tragedy in their lives, but most understand this by osmosis as they watch search and rescue operations carried out under the watchful eyes of a television crew.
Spitfire powered by lightning
Summerside Journal Pioneer
Watching a WWII-era Spitfire wing its way through the sky above a local school field is an eerie sight, especially when it can barely be heard and only clears the earth by a dozen metres or so. Emery Dryden provided that scene at Three Oaks Senior High School recently, indulging his radio-control enthusiasm with the famous fighter style beautifully crafted from dollar-store foam and a rechargeable battery.
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Battle of Atlantic ceremony set
Truro Daily News
Veterans of the Royal Canadian Navy, the merchant marine and the air force will participate in a memorial march and service of remembrance. The service is to take place at the Truro Cenotaph in memory of the sailors and air force members who participated and or died in the Battle of the Atlantic.
Cockpit view of fighting ISIL from the air
The air boss for Canada's war against ISIL in Iraq and Syria has provided the first bird's-eye view of what it is like to be part of a spy mission over such hostile territory.
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!
RUSI(NS) — Distinguished Speaker — May 13, 2015
Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia
The Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia will meet Wednesday, May 13, 2015, to hear a talk by Dr. David Hanzen, Director, Atlantic Research Centre, Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC). Dr. Hazen will speak on the changing role of DRDC in the Department of National Defence based on the 2014 Defence Science & Technology (S&T) Strategy.
The meeting will start at 12:00 pm at the Royal Artillery Park Officers' Mess with an informal, no-host get-together, followed by the talk at 12:30, then questions and answers, to finish about 1:30.
Upon completion of the speaker event, RUSI(NS) will convene for its Annual General Meeting. The AGM is planned to last no longer than an hour.
At this time, it is understood the mess will not be serving lunch. Sandwiches and cookies will be available for those attending the talk; there will be a small charge.
In preparation for the event, you may wish to read the S&T Strategy here.
Parking regulations are in place on the Base and people parking at Royal Artillery Park will need to "pay and display."
There is no need to confirm attendance. Guests are welcome.
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.
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.
#3 Wing RCAF Zweibrucken Germany, Brats Reunion
3 Wing Zweibrucken Brats
A reunion for all Brats of military personnel stationed to 3 Wing Zweibrucken, Germany during 1953 to 1969. The reunion will be held in Comox, B.C. on the weekend of September 11th, 2015.
Registrations are now open and information is available on the reunion website and Facebook page or contact the committee directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come and reunite with long lost Brat friends or make new ones at the reunion. Once a Brat, always a Brat... and we'd love to "See You in September!"
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.
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.
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