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Final flight of Canadian security assistance departs for Ukraine
Northumberland View
The third and final aircraft filled with military equipment for Ukraine left recently as part of Canada's ongoing support to that country. One Royal Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster III strategic airlifter departed from 8 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Trenton and will arrive in Ukraine shortly. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced earlier this month that Canada would provide non-kinetic military equipment to Ukraine to assist in their efforts to secure and protect their eastern border.
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RCAF asks: Do we need different drones?
Blackburn News
The Canadian military's almost decade-long quest to buy unmanned aerial vehicles has been partly hung up by an internal debate about whether the air forces needs one — or two — different fleets of drones. A series of internal briefings, stretching back over two years, show that military planners were forced to go back to the drawing board in early 2013 after consultations determined what the country wants to accomplish with the remotely piloted planes might be too broad for just a single type of aircraft.
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Canada's second thoughts on F-35 Lightning show concerns about cost
The Washington Post
O, Canada, land of "peace, order and good government." Land of compromise and polite politics. Land of turmoil over whether to buy the F-35. As in the United States, the fighter plane has become a rancorous political issue. What once looked like a sure buy of 65 planes has been bogged down by infighting and un-Canadian vitriol, and the purchase is on hold while Canadian officials consider whether to buy another plane.
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RCAF aircraft in Cyprus, ready to transport military equipment into Iraq
Ottawa Citizen
RCAF aircraft were in Cyprus recently, waiting to pick up military equipment to transport into Iraq. Senior government officials said the two RCAF cargo planes would use Cyprus as a staging area for its flights. The C-17 and C-130J would be ferrying military equipment and ammunition to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. They are expected to fly into the Iraqi city of Irbil. The mission would be of a short duration, government officials said.
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Guelph's fallen air servicemen from the First World War
Guelph Mercury
Among the 220 names on the part of the Guelph cenotaph dedicated to the dead of the First World War, three are of men whose service differed somewhat from the rest. Christopher Salmon Macpherson, Paul Thomas Grant and Victor McQuillan were all with the Royal Air Force (RAF) at the time of their deaths. The RAF was formed on April 1, 1918, with the merger of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.

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Seller in Red Deer takes to Kijiji to sell fighter jet
Canada.com
Along with the well-worn futons, tired loveseats and suspect mattresses, bargain hunters shopping on Kijiji in Alberta recently stumbled across a high-flying ad with much loftier ambitions. Once used by Britain's Royal Navy to fly missions in Kosovo, a Sea Harrier FA2 fighter jet is being offered by a collector in Red Deer for $1.5 million.

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Dog parachute discovered in Calgary attic belongs to RCAF mascot
Edmonton Journal
Snoopy clashed with the Red Baron in the funny pages. During the Cold War, an Edmonton mutt chomped down on U.S. air force brass. Members of the 418 Squadron Association received a photo and an unusual question a few weeks ago. A small brown canvas bag had been found in a Calgary attic: could it be a dog parachute?

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RCAF to acquire systems to protect CP-140 Auroras from missiles
Ottawa Citizen
The Canadian government is spending more than $200 million to ensure that the RCAF's CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft are protected against enemy missile attacks. Canada will purchase from the U.S. government what is called a Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system. The Royal Canadian Air Force has requested six of the systems for the Aurora aircraft; the deal includes sensors to warn of an approaching missile and devices to counter that, as well as spare parts and training.
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Wedgwood returns to 8 AMS to lead
Belleville Intelligencer
Lt. Col. Andrew Wedgwood returns to the squadron he joined nearly a decade ago, but this time as leader of the eight-legged gray-steed troops. Outgoing commanding officer (CO) of 8 Air Maintenance Squadron (8 AMS), Lt. Col. Tressa Home, passed the unit's hand-carved mace to Wedgwood during a change of command ceremony held at the National Air Force Museum of Canada recently.
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William George Barker, ace extraordinaire
Toronto Star
Although he started the war in the trenches, Lt.-Col. William George Barker became one of the most successful fighter pilots of the war. The Manitoba student — who had always been a good shot with excellent eyesight — left high school to enlist with the Canadian Mounted Rifles in December 1914, and was transferred, at his own request, to the Royal Flying Corps in April 1916. By war's end, he was credited with 50 victories, becoming one of Canada's top flying aces.
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The Air Force has a radical technology plan for the next 30 years
Business Insider
The Air Force recently released its outline for a 30-year strategy, charting the future of a branch of the military that has been recently transformed by technological innovations like the development of advanced unmanned aerial vehicles. In the new plan, the Air Force highlighted technologies it would be targeting in the coming decades. The advances will focus on adding even more "speed, range, flexibility, and precision" to the Force's operations.
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Spitfire Dance
RCAF
October 23-26, 2014 — Barney Danson Theatre — Canadian War Museum

In a world of war-time aviation dominated by men... Women had other ideas. Spitfire Dance tells the stories of pioneer female aviators — their courage, their daring and their frustrations. They were the women who dared compete in that most male of establishments: aviation.

Written and directed by Clint Ward. Starring Karen Cromar, Glen Bowser and Brian Jackson (Music Director).

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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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