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The calendar year is coming to a close, and the RCAF Association would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer RCAF Association News subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Friday, January 9, 2015.


20. 8 Wing expansion project
Northumberland View
Feb. 14, 2014: In the early 2000s, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces began considering a new location to accommodate the growing needs of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), as their current facility in Dwyer Hill, Ontario was too small. Following the identification of this requirement, an extensive options analysis was conducted in 2005 and 2006 to determine the best possible option.
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19. Canadian air force notes 'significant' savings by hiring foreign pilots
Metro News
Aug. 1, 2014: The Royal Canadian Air Force reaps "significant" savings by hiring foreign military pilots to fly its aircraft, a briefing note says. Thanks to their past experience flying transport aircraft, fighter jets or helicopters, foreign pilots can quickly take place in the cockpits of Canadian military aircraft. "They represent significant training cost avoidance and immediately bolster the... occupation to which they are enrolled," reads the note, obtained under access to information legislation.
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18. Why a single failing grounded the F-35
The Globe and Mail
July 18, 2014: The F-35 and its powerful single engine were supposed to be the highlight of the recent Farnborough International Airshow, the world's coming out party for new models of aircraft. Instead, the aprons at this executive airport near London are occupied by the F-35's twin-engine competitors, all of them proven and ready to fly.
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17. Critics wonder what air force is giving up in new Cyclone deal
The Chronicle Herald
April 18, 2014: The New Democratic opposition and a defence expert say they want to know what sort of compromises the air force might have to swallow in order to accept its long-delayed maritime helicopters. A series of government and defence sources revealed this week that public works had struck an agreement with the U.S. manufacturer of the CH-148 Cyclone helicopters to amend the purchase contract.
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16. Laurie Hawn responds: My private members bill is intended to protect the public interest and veterans
Ottawa Citizen
May 9, 2014: I am concerned about what I consider to be over-the-top comments by David MacLeod about veterans issues and my Private Members Bill C-593. Nothing that I have ever done has been intended for anything other than the overall benefit of veterans. I know that there are always people looking to be insulted or looking for ulterior motives when there are none; but to suggest McCarthy-an motives is simply too much.
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15. How the Harper government lost its way on defence spending
The Globe and Mail
Oct. 3, 2014: A few years ago, I wrote that no government since that of Louis St. Laurent in the 1950s had done more to improve the defence of Canada than Stephen Harper's Conservatives. The St. Laurent Liberals built up the armed forces to deal with the war in Korea and with the defence of North America and western Europe in the face of Soviet expansionism. At its peak, the defence budget took more than seven per cent of Canada's Gross Domestic Product, and the army, navy, and air force had as many as 120,000 men and women in the regular forces.
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14. Dog parachute discovered in Calgary attic belongs to RCAF mascot
Edmonton Journal
Aug. 15, 2014: 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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13. Lay-offs at 5 Wing Goose Bay creating unease, uncertainty
CBC News
Jan. 24, 2014: The loss of 25 jobs at 5 Wing Goose Bay has again left many questioning Ottawa's long-term plans for the base. The employees worked for Serco, the company that provides non-military services for 5 Wing. The layoffs include firefighters, building maintenance workers, two air traffic positions, a weather forecaster, as well as cleaning and administrative staff.
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12. Photos: Here are the weapons RCAF CF-18 pilots could face
Ottawa Citizen
Oct. 24, 2014: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) released on Twitter some photos from the Iraqi city of Ramadi, now occupied by its forces. They show some anti-aircraft guns operated by ISIL (it actually looks like the same truck-mounted AA gun, just photographed in different locations). This is the type of threat CF-18 pilots could be facing from the ground.
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11. Photos: U.S. fighter jets gas up courtesy of RCAF Polaris refueller
Ottawa Citizen
July 25, 2014: Two United States Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets are shown in these photos during refuelling by a 437 Transport Squadron CC-150T Polaris strategic air-to-air refueller from CFB Trenton, ON. This was taking place during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.
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