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Governor General's statement on Canadian Armed Forces Day
Ottawa Citizen
Canadian Armed Forces Day offers us an opportunity to thank the soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen of our military for their service and dedication to Canada. As Canadians, we are fortunate to be able to count on our armed forces throughout the year. Whether deployed domestically in support of relief or rescue efforts or in missions abroad, the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces make an invaluable contribution to our shared well-being.
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Canada signals decision on replacing jet fighters may come soon
Business News Network
Canada signaled recently it is likely to make a decision in the next few weeks on whether to replace its aging CF-18 fighter jets with F-35 stealth fighters from Lockheed Martin or hold an open competition among aircraft makers. Public Works Minister Diane Finley said the Conservative government will finish its review of reports on how to replace its jet fighters in the coming weeks.
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F-35 achieves 3 major flight test milestones on same day
Canadian Shipper
In three separate flight tests last month, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft demonstrated air-to-air combat capability, completed the first flight test with the next level software load and accomplished a landing at the maximum test speed and drop rate. In the Point Mugu Sea Test Range air-space off the Central California coast, an F-35B demonstrated the jet's air-to-air combat capability when it sequentially engaged two aerial targets with two AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles during a Weapon Delivery Accuracy mission.
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London drone contract could attract other companies
St. Thomas Times Journal
The global drone aircraft industry will nearly triple in sales over the next 10 years, good news for London's Diamond Aircraft. The local manufacturer is partnering with American military giant Northrop Grumman to make aerial surveillance aircraft here, the first likely to roll off the line by year's end.

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Aerospace firms square off in competition to replace Canada's fighter jets
Toronto Star
The competition to replace Canada's fleet of aging CF-18 fighter jets played out at an Ottawa trade show, with boasts, bravado and a little sky-high trash talk. While Ottawa has yet to signal whether that there will be an open competition, that didn't stop officials with Lockheed Martin, Boeing and the Eurofighter consortium from making the case that their fighters would be the best pick for the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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8 Wing flies top military exercise
Intelligencer
Ready, willing and able. That will be the state of more than 100 personnel posted here should Prime Minister Stephen Harper's red phone ring between July 1, 2014 and June 31, 2015. Those members will be ready to deploy internationally with Canada's army high readiness task forces.

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Not your grandfathers' Chinook
Skies Magazine
If a day spent in the air and on the ground with 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Petawawa, ON, is anything to go by, it's clearly "third time lucky" for the RCAF crews who fly and support the Boeing CH-147F Chinook. Recently, the last of 15 of the latest F models of the distinctive tandem-rotor helicopters was scheduled to arrive at the squadron's new purpose-built facility, across the sprawling base from 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron and its fleet of Bell CH-146 Griffons.
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Air force pushed feds for transport plane
The Chronicle Herald
The Canadian air force pressed the Harper government to buy another C-17 heavy-lift transport while the army was beginning a painful, post-Afghan war budget-cutting exercise. Internal documents show senior commanders argued adding a fifth aircraft to the existing fleet was essential, saying there was "a strong operational and business case" for making the purchase in 2013.
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Royal Canadian Air Force takes to skies over Romania amid Ukraine crisis
Canada.com
Tensions between Ukraine and Russia are why the Royal Canadian Air Force answered an urgent appeal from NATO to deploy fighter jets deeper into Europe than ever before. Half a dozen CF-18 Hornets from Bagotville, QC, have been flying near Ukraine's southern border and elsewhere in Romania recently, sometimes flying alongside Soviet-era Romanian MiG-21s over Transylvania, which legend says was once the home of the infamous Count Dracula.
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70th anniversary of the founding of the RCAF's first three squadrons dedicated to air transport operations
RCAF
The National Air Force Museum of Canada's Ad Astra stone programme has proven very successful both at raising funds for the museum and providing a modest but poignant means of recognizing those who have served, or are serving, with Canada's Air Force. As the programme was implemented in 1995, five decades after the end of the Second World War, it is unsurprising that those most deserving of recognition — those who gave their lives during the war…are least represented amongst the over 10,500 stones in the RCAF Memorial Air Park.
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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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