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Worldwide fleet of C-130Js exceed 1 million flight hours
Ottawa Citizen
The worldwide community of Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules operators recently surpassed a landmark one million flight hours milestone, logging this time through numerous combat, special operations and humanitarian missions. Thirteen countries operating C-130Js, and members of Lockheed Martin's Flight Operations and the U.S. Government's Defense Contract Management Agency teams contributed to this achievement.
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Former Hatter pilots military rescue helicopter into the Gas City for pitstop
Medicine Hat News
The unmistakable sound of whirling chopper blades fluttered over the city as a Canadian Forces Search and Rescue Cormorant helicopter made a stop in Medicine Hat. Dawn Macauley and her crew were enroute from Comox B.C., to Greenwood, N.S., where the helicopter will be given a scheduled major inspection.
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Australia heaps praise on F-35, says rivals years behind
Reuters
In testimony to parliament on the F-35, for which Australia is one of the largest international buyers with plans for up to 100, Australia's air force chief Air Marshal Geoff Brown said rivals were years behind the Lightning II's development.
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Let's put missile defence back in our arsenal
The Globe and Mail
In a turbulent and uncertain world where nationalism and religious zealotry are on the rise, Canada needs to consider actions that will safeguard and advance its national interests. Nowhere is this more true than in the area of nuclear proliferation, as states such as North Korea and Iran develop these weapons and, with them, a long-range missile delivery capability. A good place to start would be to relaunch discussions with the U.S. for a partnership role in ballistic missile defence.
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More photos of the future of aviation warfare
Ottawa Citizen
As Defence Watch readers know, for the first time in history, the U.S Navy launched a jet-powered, fighter-sized unmanned combat aerial vehicle from the deck of an aircraft carrier recently. The unmanned X-47B operated off the carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic. Is the X-47B the future of aviation warfare?
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More photos of the future of aviation warfare
Ottawa Citizen
As Defence Watch readers know, for the first time in history, the U.S Navy launched a jet-powered, fighter-sized unmanned combat aerial vehicle from the deck of an aircraft carrier earlier in the week. The unmanned X-47B operated off the carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic. Is the X-47B the future of aviation warfare?

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Air Cadet glider issue continues
Ottawa Citizen
The Cadet Program is facing major cuts, this year alone the projected cuts will exceed 10 million dollars and they will likely exceed the/this amount next year.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield returns to Earth
Toronto Star
After nearly five months in orbit, during which he tweeted, sang and strummed his way into Canadians hearts, astronaut Chris Hadfield returned to Earth. Commander Hadfield touched down in Kazakhstan along with American Tom Marshburn and Russian Roman Romanenko.

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The Bomber Command Memorial Book
RCAF
Please join our campaign to remember the fallen, inform Canadians of the sacrifices made by bomber command veterans. To date our partnership with Fighting High Publishing has contributed to the raising of £31,617. The 55,573 aircrew of Bomber Command lost their lives during the Second World War, yet no campaign medal was awarded and their bravery and sacrifice went largely unrecognized. On 28 June 2012 this was corrected with the dedication and unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial in The Green Park, London. The journey from the initial idea to the unveiling of the memorial was a long and complex one and 'The Bomber Command Memorial - We Will Remember Them' book tells the story of the campaign. The mission of the Air Force Association of Canada is to inform new generations of Canadians about the history of their country’s air force. This would suggest we should try and put a copy of this invaluable book in every library. If you would like to purchase one for your library, call Rose (866-351-2322 ext 223) or e-mail Kitshop@airforce.ca today.
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OP HUSKY AND THE RCAF
RCAF
On July 10th 1943, Canadian soldiers landed at Pachino, Sicily, marking the beginning of the Sicilian Campaign. While this campaign is little known, "Operation Husky" represented the first independent role for Canadian soldiers in the Second World War. They fought with courage and knocked the pins out of the German defences in Sicily. Their success came at a cost of over 560 men in honour of those who fought and those who fell. We are organizing a memorial capaign for the operation's 70th anniversary. Our campaign begins on the beaches of Pachino on July 10th, 2013 and features two main ceremonies.
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The Goldfish Club
The Goldfish Club
The 2013 reunion of The Goldfish Club will be held 13-14 September 2013, at the Gleneagles Hotel, Torquay, Devon, U.K. Dinner, Bed & Breakfast are included for the Friday events, and Bed & Breakfast are included for the Saturday events, within the total registration cost which organizers sincerely hope should not exceed £400. Please note the amount is in british pounds sterling. The reunion dinner and dance will be held at the Britannia Naval College, in Dartmouth. The committee continues to work actively to secure corporate sponsors, thus seeking to lower the cost for everyone.
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