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The F/A-18 Super Hornet — a better fighter jet
National Post
Pity Canada's fighter jet pilots: Their 33-year-old CF-18 Hornets are suffering from metal fatigue, to the point where strong G-forces could rip off their wings. Some of the CF-18s are being refitted in a move that officials claim will extend their lives to 2025. But metal fatigue is difficult to address through refits and for safety reasons, the planes are no longer used for training in aerial combat, or sent to places where they might become involved in a "dogfight."
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Chief Warrant Officer Gérard Poitras named as RCAF's top non-commissioned member
Ottawa Citizen
The commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin, has appointed Chief Warrant Officer Gérard Poitras as the Air Force's top non-commissioned member. Chief Warrant Officer Poitras takes over the post of RCAF chief warrant officer from Chief Warrant Officer Patrick Young who had held the position since 2013.
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Upgrade of RCAF Cormorant helicopter and U.S. Presidential choppers could be done for around $500 million
Ottawa Citizen
The Department of National Defence publicly states that a midlife upgrade of the Cormorant search and rescue helicopters is estimated to be anywhere from $500 million to $1.5 billion. That is the figure in the Defence Acquisition Guide. But those figures continue to be called into question by industry officials.
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Canada's first fighter squadron reborn
Cold Lake Sun
Seventy-five years after battling the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain, 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron has been reborn. The squadron was reactivated during a recent ceremony at 4 Wing Cold Lake. Known as the Ram Squadron, 401 will fly the CF-18 Hornet. Maj.-Gen. David Wheeler, commander of 1st Canadian Air Division, was on hand to stand up the new squadron.
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'Greatest living flying ace' is city's newest Freeman
Comox Valley Echo
To celebrate its 100th birthday, Courtenay City Council has unanimously voted to grant the Freedom of the City to a person almost the same age as the municipality itself. WWII flying ace James "Stocky" Edwards was with his wife Toni on the stage at the official opening of the Canada Day celebrations in Lewis Park.
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'Father of the Snowbirds' joins Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame
Times Colonist
When Col. Owen (O.B.) Philp got the Snowbirds aerobatics team off the ground they could call themselves anything but an "aerobatics" team. "Back then, national defence headquarters said, 'No aerobatics,'" said Maj. Gen. (retired) Glen Younghusband, the very first Snowbirds team leader. "We got around that by calling it by different names," said Younghusband in a telephone interview with the Times Colonist. "So, for example, instead of 'loops,' we flew 'slanted 360s.'"
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F-16 beat F-35 Lightning II in air combat test
Stars and Stripes
The expensive, high-tech F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter was recently outperformed by an F-16 during an air combat test. The F-35 was bested in nearly all aerial maneuvering by one of the military's stalwart fighter jets during a January test near Edwards Air Force Base, California. The site obtained a five-page report by the joint strike fighter test pilot.
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New device may help jet pilots
VOA News
While flying high above Earth's surface, jet fighter pilots may suffer loss of eyesight for brief periods. Some pilots may even lose consciousness — not being able to recognize what is happening around them. These experiences, commonly called blackouts, can lead to tragic results.
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Programs to enhance air capabilities benefit military fixed wing market
Airforce Technology
A new analysis from Frost & Sullivan has revealed that the procurement and modernization programmes aimed to improve air capabilities will continue to significantly support growth of the global military fixed wing market. The newly released global military fixed wing market assessment, which covers combat, trainer, utility and special mission application segments, has shown that this market earned $63.33 billion in revenues last year and expects to achieve $72.77 billion in 2023.
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#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 3wingbrats@gmail.com.

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!"

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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

A Reunion cruise has been set up, to reunite former serving members, civilian staff and dependents who had the great fortune to be part of #1 Air Division in Europe.

The cruise will be aboard the Holland America ship, MS Nieuw Amsterdam — a highly-rated and new ship in their fleet. We will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 10, 2016 — sailing through the Panama Canal on her way to Vancouver, B.C. The cruise length is 20 nights. The ports of call will be:

Cartagena, Columbia
Cruising Panama Canal
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Corinto, Nicaragua
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Huatulco, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Diego, California
Victoria, B.C.
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, B.C.

As with all Panama Canal cruises — the ship will book up quickly — so the recommendation is to book soon to avoid disappointment. Already a core group are booked and ready to enjoy the companionship, the memories, wonderful weather, the ports and all the great amenities of life aboard a beautiful ship.

Visit our website!

Or, see us and join us on Facebook — #1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion — 2016

For further information, contact Gary Arnold — garnold@cruiseshipcenters.com

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RCAF memorial event: January 2016

It is my hope that fellow RCAF Association members in the Clearwater and Tampa, FL, areas can join us on January 11th, 2016, to honour those Floridians who volunteered with the RCAF and RAF during the Second World War. The Royal Canadian Legion Post 144 plans to host the event during their meeting at the American Legion Post 7 facility in Clearwater, FL. Canadian Forces personnel from around Florida will attend. Karl Kjarsgaard, who is a Board Member of Bomber Command Museum of Canada and the Director of Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada), will be speaking and displaying Bomber Command Museum's transportable memorial. We will also have representatives or members of the Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary) and Florida Aviation Historical Society. Hopefully, RAF, USAF and other officials will agree to attend. The building's occupancy capacity is 225 persons. The two plaques that will be dedicated can be seen here and here. Note that Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) donated the aluminum for the RCAF crest. The metal was obtained from a downed Halifax bomber. I will update everyone again once additional details become known. Mr. Dann Oliver (RCL Post 144 & RCL Eastern Division, U.S.A.) and I are planning and coordinating.

The following links provide additional information:

The Royal Canadian Legion Post 144

American Legion Post 7

Bomber Command Museum of Canada

Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada)

Sincerely,

John T. Stemple, M.A.
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P.O. Box 3893
Winter Haven, FL 33885

Telephone: (863) 291-3190

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