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'Flying the barrel:' Explaining the F-101 Voodoo
Jim Brickel called it "flying in the barrel." To take the RF-101C Voodoo over North Vietnam, a pilot had to stake himself and his aircraft against flak, fighters, and the ever-present danger of some awful mechanical catastrophe within the churning guts of a complicated aircraft that, as Brickel put it, "felt like a thousand pieces of metal grating against one another and trying to rip everything to pieces."
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Historian seeks data on Sidney RCAF veteran
My interest is researching military and civil aircraft crashes in my local area of County Durham, England, and I am in the process of writing a book.
I am trying to trace any relations, a photograph or flying logbook of a Second World War RCAF Air Gunner Thomas Lloyd Kidd, who came from Sidney.
While training in the Royal Air Force in No. 78 Squadron, he was in a flying accident on Oct. 16, 1941.
Swedes remember Hamilton hero who died to save his crew
Seventy years ago, a young airman from Hamilton named William Blake made the ultimate sacrifice for his crew and countless civilians on the ground.
As pilot of a crippled Halifax bomber loaded with highly-explosive mines, he told the six other men in the aircraft to bail out over a small town in southern Sweden before he crashed the sputtering hulk into the ocean.
They all survived. He didn't.
Now people in that Swedish community are set to honour the 21-year-old pilot who sacrificed his life rather than endangering people on the ground.
Former Kelly's Beach used as naval air station
Cape Breton Post
When the First World War started in 1914, what was then called Kelly's Beach (now Munro Park) was owned by the town of North Sydney. By 1916, this parcel of land had been expropriated by the federal government, for possible military use as a naval air station, where seaplanes could land and take off from the nearby harbour.
By 1917, there had been a dramatic increase in enemy submarine activity off the east coast of Canada.
Hercules pilot brings plane home
Brett Janes always wanted to fly.
The 31-year-old Brantford native, who grew up in the Henderson Survey area, spent his childhood dreaming of the skies as a local air cadet.
"I've just always had an interest in planes and in the military, I just always wanted to be pilot. It was just always my childhood dream," he said.
In 2005, that dream came true when he started his career as a pilot with the Canadian Forces.
CAE wins defence contracts related to Predator drones, C-130Js
CAE announced recently that it has won defence contracts valued at more than $120 million to provide simulation products, operational systems and training services for military customers.
Some of the key contracts include providing MQ-1 Predator/MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft aircrew training services for the U.S. Air Force; magnetic anomaly detection systems for Japan; and a C-130J simulator for Lockheed Martin.
Air Force looks to boost its electronic warfare capabilities
In an attempt to catch up with the technologies being employed in electronic warfare, the Air Force has issued a solicitation looking for an electronic warfare test kit in which it can test and simulate certain electronic warfare prototypes. The tests will involve evaluating certain waveforms and record jammer responses.
Every single plane in the U.S. Air Force in one chart
Sure, the U.S. Air Force has a whole bunch of fighter jets. But the people who created that graphic have outdone themselves, drawing the full roster of planes and other airborne vehicles that the Air Force has at its disposal. There's... a lot.
Contemporary Issues and Geography's graphic combines six different similar visual representations of U.S. Air Force vehicles into one massive chart that's organized by squadrons. It's as beautiful as it is wide.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
Cruising Panama Canal
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Diego, California
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 — email@example.com
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)
John T. Stemple, M.A.
P.O. Box 3893
Winter Haven, FL 33885
Telephone: (863) 291-3190
50 Minthorn Blvd., Suite 800, Thornhill, ON, L3T 7X8