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Minister's office defends use of museum parts in RCAF Hercules
Ottawa Citizen
The Ottawa Citizen has learned that in July 2012 air force technicians raided an old Hercules airplane that is on display at the National Air Force Museum of Canada because they needed navigational equipment for a similar aircraft still in use. The revelation highlights the difficulties military personnel have increasingly faced in keeping Canada's ancient search-and-rescue planes flying after more than a decade of government promises to buy replacements.
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Conservatives do away with DND short-haul moving policy for retirees
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National Defence will no longer pay moving expenses for members of the armed forces who move less than 40 kilometres upon their retirement. The Harper government is changing the relocation policy, which until now has covered the expenses for one last move by any veteran who served more than 20 years — whether the vet moved next door or across the country. The change is clearly aimed at embarrassing retired general Andrew Leslie, who now advises Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on foreign policy and is seeking the Liberal nomination in Ottawa-Orleans.
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Photo gallery: Snowbirds land in Timmins
Timmins Press
If you thought you saw jets flying over Timmins recently, you were right. The popular Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, aerobatics demonstration team, dropped in at the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport for a couple of hours. The reason was simple enough — they needed fuel. The Snowbirds, who performed recently at the Stratford Air Show, were on their way to their home base of RCAF 15 Wing, near Moose Jaw, SK.
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Hamilton's Lancaster prepares to return home from U.K. shortly
Waterloo Region Record
Hamilton's Lancaster is going through a scheduled maintenance overhaul in England to prepare for the long journey home next week, a trip the bomber will be making with an engine borrowed from the Royal Air Force. Dave Rohrer — CEO of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, which owns the plane — said once the bomber is back in Hamilton, the RAF engine will be removed and shipped back to England.
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Retired RCAF pilot celebrates 75th birthday with flight
Cambridge Times
It was up, up and away for a Cambridge, ON retired pilot, Lt. Col. Ronald Gowing, as the plane climbed to about 3,000 feet recently to celebrate his 75th birthday. It was the first time in 10 years that Ron had taken over the controls to fly an aircraft. The NATO veteran of the Cold War in Europe was accompanied on the flight by Aart Van Leiveld, a flying instructor at the Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre, located at the Waterloo Region International Airport.

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Spitfire replica unveiled in Essex
Windsor Star
A fibre-glass replica of a Mk IX Spitfire painted to look exactly like the one Essex native Jerry Billing flew on D-Day exudes memories as his wife Karen runs her hands over its rivets. She wasn't with him, of course, in any Second World War dog-fights, but she remembers hopping on many a Spitfire wing after her husband had landed at air shows. The high nose of the Spitfire made it impossible for a pilot to see the ground in front of the plane so as women did in the war, Karen perched on a wing to give him directions.

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Veterans should transcend party politics
The Globe and Mail
Traditionally, Canada's veterans have enjoyed outstanding moral support from a grateful public, in recognition of the nation's solemn obligation to care for those who have served and suffered in harm's way. But the veterans landscape is changing. With a steady decline in the huge numbers who served in the Second World War, today's veteran community is characterized by a new set of men and women.

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Air Force exercise involving U.S., Canada and Russia cancelled
Ottawa Citizen
An Air Force exercise involving the U.S., Canada and Russia was canceled because of Russia's military intervention in Ukraine, a spokesman for NORAD told the Associated Press. The North American Aerospace Defence Command is comprised of U.S. and Canadian forces and is charged with detecting and responding to airborne threats to those countries. Since 2007, NORAD and the Russian Federation Air Force had cooperated on the "Vigilant Eagle" exercise. Typically, exercises have been held in August or September near Alaska.
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Government supports RCAF WWII Memorial Project
Westman Journal
Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, announced recently the Government of Canada's support to the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum for the RCAF WWII Memorial project. "As Canadians, it is our duty to honour and remember those who have served," said Maguire in a release. "The volunteers at the Air Commonwealth Training Plan Museum should be commended for their hard work and for keeping our history alive. Memorials, such as this one, will ensure that our fallen comrades will always be remembered."
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Daring pilots of Cold War era gather for Victoria reunion
The Vancouver Sun
Sixty years ago, daring young NATO pilots were protecting the skies over Cold War Europe from the Soviet menace. "We were a formidable force," said Syd Burrows, 84, of Comox. "The Russians were threatening all the time — like they are today." Burrows helped bring more than 400 former Royal Canadian Air Force jet fighter pilots and their family members to Victoria for a reunion. The Canadian pilots were the protective forces for the West German populace, he recalled.
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Lockheed delivers next version of F-35 logistics system
Reuters
Lockheed Martin recently said it has delivered the next version of the computer-based logistics system used to support the F-35 fighter jet to the U.S. military for flight testing. That paves the way for the system's deployment in the first quarter of 2015 to nine military bases in the United States where F-35 Lightning II training and testing is taking place. Lockheed's Autonomic Logistics Information System enables daily operations of the F-35 fleet, ranging from mission planning and flight scheduling to repairs and scheduled maintenance, as well as the tracking and ordering of parts.
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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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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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Call for Papers: AERO 2015 Conference
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
AERO 2015 Conference will be held in beautiful Montréal QC, Canada's largest aerospace hub and home to Bombardier, Bell-Helicopter-Textron, Pratt & Whitney and more. The venue will be at the Delta Hotel on President Kennedy Avenue from Tuesday April 21 through Thursday April 23.

Also part of AERO 2015 will be the Women in Aerospace Reception on Tuesday, the Talent Meets Market Student Breakfast on Wednesday, the Senior Awards Reception and Gala Dinner on Wednesday evening, and the Turnbull Lecture Luncheon on Thursday.

Call for Papers:
Initial abstracts: January 21, 2015
Notification of abstract acceptance: February 4, 2015
Full papers/extended abstracts: April 21, 2015

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