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Canadian tanker conducts air-to-air refuelling of Navy aircraft
IHS Jane's 360
With about 1,000 personnel participating in the multinational Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise hosted by the U.S. Navy, the Canadian Armed Forces seized a multitude of opportunities to train its air, land, and sea units, including Royal Canadian Air Force tanker crews that otherwise have scant opportunities to conduct air-to-air refuelling with other nations' fighters.
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Famed Second World War Avro Lancaster bomber sets off for U.K. tour
CTV News
Canada's only air-worthy Second World War Lancaster bomber plane took off recently from Hamilton on the first leg of a journey to the other side of the Atlantic. The plane will take part in a three-day journey to the United Kingdom, making stops along the way. When it arrives in the U.K., it will be featured in a two-month aerial tour. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight tour is expected to draw millions of visitors.
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Ottawa marks Great War anniversary
Ottawa Sun
A recent commemorative ceremony at the National War Memorial marked Canada's entry into the First World War with hundreds looking on. Retired RCMP Staff Sgt. Garth Hampson of Blackburn Hamlet was clutching a button belonging to his father, L/Cpl Syd Hampson of Moose Jaw, Sask. from the 10th Battalion.
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Astronaut learns to fly helicopters
Portage Daily Graphic
Canadian astronaut Lt.-Col. Jeremy Hansen returned to Portage la Prairie, MB, recently in order to challenge himself. Hansen spent the better part of a month learning to fly helicopters from trainers at 3 Canadian Forces Flight Training School. "This is a unique opportunity for me," said Hansen.

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Whatever became of pilot Thomas Bindermann?
Carbonear Compass
If there is nothing else to be gleaned from the story of Thomas Bindermann, it is certainly an example of that solid piece of search and rescue advice: when your plane ditches, stay with it; you are more likely to be found. Take it from the pocket booklet Land and Sea Emergencies, published by the RCAF in 1948.

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Canadian air force notes 'significant' savings by hiring foreign pilots
Metro News
The Royal Canadian Air Force reaps "significant" savings by hiring foreign military pilots to fly its aircraft, a briefing note says. Thanks to their past experience flying transport aircraft, fighter jets or helicopters, foreign pilots can quickly take place in the cockpits of Canadian military aircraft.

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The Great War in the air
The National Post
The one aspect of the war that still retained some glamour for Canadians by 1917 was the war in the air. Once aerial warfare really got into high gear in 1916 and the British air services began to expand at a breakneck rate, Canadians flocked to join. Many young men already overseas wanted to escape the impersonal slaughter of the trenches, even if it just meant a lonelier death in a burning airplane a few months later, and many in Canada simply joined for the adventure.
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Aero Space Museum honours heroic WWI pilots
Calgary Herald
"Dear Mrs. Dowler: I am sorry to have to tell you that your son, Second Lieutenant G. E. Dowler..." Alice Dowler didn't have to read much past the first sentence to know that her 25-year-old son wouldn't be coming home. She probably didn't even have to open the envelope, or read the letter inside dated Nov. 11, 1918, to know that the young pilot assigned to 46 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, was among the 1,563 Canadian airmen who lost their lives in the First World War.
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Remembering Alfred Cake
The Nor'Wester
When John Braye's grandmother passed away, she willed him her house and everything in it. Braye, who lives in Brighton, is a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces where he served as a paratrooper for most of his career. He's seen overseas action in Cypress and spent the last few years of his storied service in Goose Bay working as a tech for the Dutch Air Force.
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Grandfather's diaries open a window on First World War for defence chief
The Prince George Citizen
Gen. Tom Lawson, Canada's top military commander, was thumbing through his grandfather's First World War diaries when he had a startling moment of kinship with a man he knew only as a "tough" old guy. One of the journal's entries told of a soggy day in southern England in 1918 as newly minted flight-lieutenant Norman Moran endured the rigours of Royal Flying Corp training at the controls of Sopwith Camel biplane, a notoriously tricky fighter plane.
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U.S. bomber fleet upgraded for the 21st century
Air Force Technology
Billions of dollars are being spent to upgrade and modernize the US Air Force's aging fleet of Cold War strategic bombers. With several technological enhancements, it is hoped the B-1B, B-2 and the venerable B-52 will remain effective platforms for another 40 years. But with adversaries building up effective air defence capabilities and a new bomber on the way, is it money well spent?
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Canadian Aerospace Summit announces first program confirmations
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
The Summit program will feature industry experts on technology, skills, advanced manufacturing, space, and more.

Themed "One World: Delivering Results in a Global Market," the 2014 Canadian Aerospace Summit's conference program will include:

Barry Kohler, President and CEO, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada
Perrin Beatty, President, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Jayson Meyers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME)
• Space panel with senior representatives from NASA and CSA
• Global aerospace trends panel with international industry experts, moderated by Joe Anselmo, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week
• Major platform presentations with senior representatives of major global OEMs, including Debbie Rub, Vice President and Global Manager, Global Strike, Boeing.

Register now!

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70th anniversary of the founding of the RCAF's first 3 squadrons dedicated to air transport operations
RCAF
The National Air Force Museum of Canada's Ad Astra stone program 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 program 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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