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A 360-degree tour of a fighter bomber in flight
CBC News
This is the closest you will likely ever get to flying a WWII P-51D Mustang fighter bomber. But if you can't fly a WWII fighter bomber in real life, this might be the next best thing. Maybe you've seen a 360-degree tour of a home for sale. How about a 360-degree tour of a fighter bomber in flight from close to the pilot's point of view?
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U.S. thinktank: F-35 might not meet performance standards of CF-18s
680 News
A U.S. defence and foreign affairs think-tank released a comprehensive report recently suggesting the oft-maligned F-35 jet might not meet the performance standards of existing fighter planes, including Canada's CF-18s. The National Security Network, a non-profit foreign policy group based in Washington, D.C., is the latest organization to raise questions about the stealth fighter program, which is over budget and behind schedule in the U.S.
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B-17 bomber roars over Victoria, 'powerful reminder' for veterans
Times Colonist
History appeared on the horizon over Victoria International Airport recently, landed smoothly and taxied to the tarmac at the Victoria Flying Club. The piece of the past was a B-17, the legendary "Flying Fortress" that played an important role for the Allies in bombing German targets during the Second World War. Fresh from an appearance at the Abbotsford International Airshow, the Commemorative Air Force plane will be at the flying club for public tours and flights.
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New Wing Commander at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton
Inside Belleville
Colonel Colin Keiver was welcomed as the new Wing Commander of 8 Wing/CFB Trenton recently, during a change of command ceremony at Parade Square. Colonel Keiver follows after the command of Brigadier-General David Lowthian who commanded the base for two years prior. Brigadier-General Lowthian is moving to Winnipeg, where he has been appointed Deputy Commander Force Generation at 1 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg, MB.
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Free film will honour a bomber named Vera
Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton's Lancaster is the star of a new film that will be shown free at Cineplex Entertainment theatres across the country on Remembrance Day. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum announced the deal recently, saying details about participating theatres will be released this fall.
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Second World War vet celebrates 90th birthday in warplane
Windsor Star
It was Russel St. Pierre's training in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a teenager that sparked his lifelong passion for flying. When the war ended in 1945 less than two years after he enlisted, St. Pierre never imagined he would have the chance to fly in a military aircraft again. "Flying a plane is a real treat. It's a very big pleasure," said the Windsor native, who trained to be a navigator in the Second World War. "I haven't been in a warplane since I was 20. I've really missed it."
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Air Force upgrades 100-year-old technology
Military.com
Spatial disorientation, the inability to determine one's position in an open space, can lead to a dangerous scenario inside a cockpit. The disorientation is caused when the body's internal gyros do not match up with aircraft instrument readings and what the pilot expects to see. It occurs because current trainer technology is not of a high enough quality.
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The U.S. Air Force's flying saucer and its link to the X-35 Lightning II
MIT Technology Review
That the U.S. Air Force once seriously toyed with flying saucers is relatively well known. These machines, called Avrocars, contained giant lifting fans to raise them off the ground. It is less well-known is that the concept did not die when funding for the project was withdrawn in 1961. Indeed, a lifting fan is a key component of the Lockheed Martin X-35B Lightning II that helps it off the ground during short take-offs and vertical landings.
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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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Snowbirds 45th Anniversary Reunion
431 Air Demonstration Squadron/Snowbirds Alumni Association
Registration is now open for the Snowbirds 45th Anniversary Reunion to be held in Moose Jaw from Oct. 8-11, 2015. Team Alumni, Honourary Snowbirds and Associate Members of the Snowbirds Alumni Association may register here. All details pertaining to the reunion, including cost, hotels and travel arrangements are available online. Former team members are also requested to send their contact details to the Snowbirds Alumni Association at snowbirdsalumni@gmail.com.
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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.
Photojournalist

P.O. Box 3893
Winter Haven, FL 33885

Telephone: (863) 291-3190

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