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Canadian military may get its $3.1 billion back
Even as the Harper Conservatives have deployed CF-18 fighter jets to Eastern Europe, and now to Kuwait to join the air war against Islamic State, the Canadian Forces have seen their funding slashed. But that may be about to change, as the government considers adding back part or all of the $3.1 billion removed from the military's piggy bank in last February's budget.
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Message from the Chief of the Defence Staff
Government of Canada
Ladies and gentlemen, we have all watched in recent months the alarming advances of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). While it is of course neither Islamic, nor a state, it is a barbaric organization responsible for horrendous atrocities committed in Iraq and Syria, and its rapid growth has threatened regional stability.
The United Nations Security Council has recognized the threat that ISIL poses, and the Government of Canada has chosen to stand with our international partners to combat this threat.
CF-18s rely on tracking system, despite Canada's withdrawal from program
The Conservative government is defending Canada's withdrawal from a key NATO airborne surveillance system, even though Canadian fighter jets are benefiting from it in Eastern Europe.
Fifteen NATO allies are contributing personnel to the alliance's airborne early warning program, known as AWACS, which is playing a key role tracking Russian military aircraft in response to the crisis in Ukraine.
RCAF's deployment to Kuwait stirs memories of Persian Gulf War
Establishing a temporary air base in Kuwait from which to bomb Islamic State targets in Iraq represents a homecoming of sorts for Canada's six pack of CF-18 Hornets.
Twenty-three years ago, Canada's venerable Hornets — then almost new — were part of an allied coalition that liberated this tiny, oil rich emirate from Saddam Hussein's invading army.
I myself was on a Royal Air Force VC-10 tanker that refuelled four Canadian Hornets one clear night on the southern edge of Kuwait shortly before U.S. general, Norman Schwarzkopf, unveiled his famous left hook strategy.
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New mural at former RCAF Clinton
Clinton News Record
The air base, built from the ground up in 1941 on 100 acres of plowed fields near
Clinton, ON, now known as the Village of Vanastra, was critical to the Allied
Forces' victory in World War II. And a newly created mural recently installed at
the former base will celebrate its illustrious past on the walls of the Recreation
Centre in the present day Village of Vanastra.
Canada's Hornet upgrade delays new fighters
Canada's conservative government, which has spent four years pushing for a non-competitive purchase of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, announced at the end of September it would delay retirement of the Royal Canadian Air Force's Boeing CF-18A/B Hornets for up to five years, until 2025. Canada will, however, continue to support JSF.
RCAF commander issues statement — CF-18s can do the Iraq mission
Here is the statement from Lt.-Gen. Yvan Blondin: "As the Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and CF-18 pilot, I wish to dispel any questions pertaining to the relevance of the CF-18. I am completely confident in the ability of the aircraft and personnel to extend Canadian air power anywhere in the world, such as in support of the current air operations underway in Iraq."
Snowbirds returning to North Bay
North Bay Nugget
The Snowbirds Demonstration Team will return to North Bay next year.
The flying team will be in the city to celebrate Canadian Armed Forces Day in June. The date has yet to be posted on the Royal Canadian Air Force website.
Legacy of First World War flyers runs deep
Alan McLeod was only a teenager when he won the Victoria Cross, the Commonwealth's highest award for valour, in the bullet-riddled skies over France in the First World War.
The wounded 18-year-old pilot stood on the wing of his burning plane, which had been raked by bullets from enemy fighters, reaching amid the flames in the cockpit to try and steer it earthward. His injured gunner straddled the fuselage, continuing to fire his machine-gun and knocking down three German aircraft.
Mysterious Air Force space plane to land soon
The U.S. Air Force's mysterious unmanned space plane, the X-37B, is about to come back to Earth after nearly two years in orbit on a mission the military won't tell us much about.
The X-37B is expected to land at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Air Force said.
The base did not give an exact time for the landing. "Team Vandenberg stands ready to implement safe landing operations for the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, the third time for this unique mission," Col. Keith Baits, commander of the 30th Space Wing, said in a statement.
Airmen support remote arctic operations
U.S. Air Force
Located just 508 miles from the North Pole and 1,140 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Canadian Forces Station Alert and its small contingent of personnel provides signals intelligence there and for its detachment stations.
Due to its remote geographic location at the northernmost inhabited location on earth, CFS Alert requires a bi-annual resupply mission to sustain the inhabitants so the mission can be completed and they can make it through the harsh Greenlandic winter.
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Second World War Tribute Request
Veterans Affairs Canada
To mark the 75th anniversary of Canada's engagement in the Second World War, beginning September 10, 2014, living Canadian Veterans of the Second World War may request a special commemorative lapel pin and certificate of recognition.
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).
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.
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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