RCAF Association News
Jan. 23, 2015

Fighter jet fly-bys part of RCAF training
Medicine Hat News
The black jet seen flying above Medicine Hat over the past few weeks contains the next contingent of Royal Canadian Air Force members as part of training on the CT-155 Hawk out of Moose Jaw-based 15 Wing. "They do it for the love of the flying, to serve and protect Canada," said RCAF flight instructor Capt. Simon Hogg of trainees following a flight that took him and his student over Medicine Hat recently.More

Here is the schedule for the Snowbirds aerobatics team — coming to a city near you
Ottawa Citizen
The RCAF has published the schedule for the Snowbirds aerobatics team. The Snowbirds' pilots and aircraft technicians spend the winter months at their home base in Moose Jaw, SK, practicing, the RCAF points out. The Snowbirds' show is the result of six months of intensive preparation and training and consists of over fifty different formations and maneuvers, it added.More

Canada crafts spec ops equipment needs
Defense News
Canada's special operations forces are focusing on acquiring ISR aircraft and new vehicles as it develops its future equipment needs, according to its commander. Both projects are in their early phases but are already attracting interest from international and domestic companies. The purchase of a small fleet of ISR aircraft would improve special operations capability to track and target insurgents on the ground. Four aircraft will be bought and outfitted with signals intelligence capability and sensors to target ground movement.More

Alberta-based fighter pilots respond to ISIL attacks
Edmonton Sun
After being knocked "back on their heels" recently, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are fighting back — and Alberta-based fighter pilots are responding. Shortly after Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Brig.-Gen. Dan Constable, who commands Joint Task Force Iraq, told media that ISIL forces were on the defensive, the terror group has since re-launched attacks in an attempt to regain territory in the provinces of Anbar, Nineveh and Saladin — reportedly killing at least 23 people, including several Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers.More

Spitfire committee hold fundraisers to build memorial wall
Windsor Star
The day before former Spitfire pilot Jerry Billing's funeral, the Essex Memorial Spitfire Committee unveiled its plans recently to raise the remaining funds required to complete the project that has a replica of Billing's fighter plane as its centerpiece. The push now is to raise the funds to construct a stone wall inscribed with the names of the more than 600 Essex County residents who served in either the Royal Canadian or the Royal Air Forces during the Second World War.More

Gladys Osmond, beloved Newfoundlander who wrote to soldiers, dead at 91
Toronto Sun
A Newfoundland woman who wrote hundreds of thousands of letters of support to Canadian troops overseas died Wednesday. Gladys Osmond, of Springdale, N.L., was 91. Osmond was such a supporter of the Canadian Forces, Gen. Tom Lawson, chief of defence staff, issued a statement of condolence.More

Canadians step up air strikes in Iraq
Cambridge Times
Canadian fighter jets flying over Iraq have stepped up the pace of their attacks on Islamic State extremists, dropping bombs for five straight days. Details are sometimes vague about what was hit but since combat operations started in late October, CF-18 fighters have dropped munitions 22 times and eight of those missions have happened since New Year's Day.More

Canada's Iraq war air commander gets promotion
Ottawa Citizen
Just recently, he was Col. Daniel Constable, Commander of Joint Task Force — Iraq. Today, he is Brigadier-General Daniel Constable, Commander of Joint Task Force — Iraq. Constable will be updating reporters on the progress of Canada's Iraq war and operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). More

Defence Minister Nicholson on his way to England to discuss ISIL threat
Ottawa Citizen
Defence Minister Rob Nicholson is on his way to London, United Kingdom, for an international meeting. That will involve 23 delegations from various countries and organizations to discuss the efforts made by the global coalition to combat the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). More

'One-stop shop' PTSD clinic for veterans opens in Cole Harbour
Global News
A new private clinic has opened in the Halifax area that will specifically cater to first responders and veterans who are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. Trauma Healing Centers plans to open 13 clinics across the country by the end of 2015. They believe their model is the first of its kind in Canada. "It's pretty unique what we're doing especially with the multi-disciplinary approach," said president Kylie Atkinson. More

Need a T-33 to de-ice a runway? No problem
Air & Space Magazine
In February 1958, the T-33 training at Royal Canadian Air Force station Gimli, already far behind schedule, was thrown into chaos. Southern Manitoba, where Gimli was located, was hit by an extended shot of freezing rain followed by a flash freeze; as far as the weather forecasters could see, there was no relief. Like the rest of Course 5701, I'd just finished ground school and perfected my drills in the static trainer, and this latest slap in the face from Mother Nature was keeping me from fulfilling my hopes and dreams of finally flying a jet. More

Boeing modernizes B-52 Bomber weapons bay launcher
Boeing and U.S. Air Force personnel successfully installed the first prototype of a new B-52 bomber weapons bay launcher. The change improves the aircraft's weapons capacity and mission flexibility. The upgrade modifies an existing common strategic rotary launcher into a conventional rotary launcher, enabling the B-52 to carry GPS-guided or "smart" weapons in the weapons bay. More

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.More

National Volunteer Week 2015 theme: 'Volunteers are part of the ripple effect'
Volunteer Canada
A volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake: its effect has a direct impact. At the same time, like ripples, volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities. Undeniably, volunteers rock.

National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada's 13.3 million volunteers. NVW 2015 takes place April 12-18. It marks the 12th consecutive year we've delivered the NVW campaign in partnership with Investors Group, Canada's corporate leader in volunteer recognition.More

Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame to induct 4 new members and honour a Belt of Orion recipient
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members at its 42nd annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held Thursday, June 4th, 2015, at the Ontario Science Centre, in Toronto.

The new members are:
Arthur Roy Brown, DSC: WWI pilot and combat leader
James Stuart "Jim" McBride: aviation entrepreneur
George Miller, CD: leader of the Snowbirds aerobatic team, 1973
Owen Bartley "O.B." Philp C.M., DFC, CD: a military pilot and driving spirit behind the formation of Canada's Aerial Demonstration Squadron — the Snowbirds.
AeroVelo Inc. — Belt of Orion Award for Excellence.More

RCAF Airwomen's 12th Reunion
RCAF Airwomen
June 5-7, 2015
The Coast High Country Inn
4051 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1H1

Hello ladies,
Your 12th Reunion Committee is hard at work finalizing plans for our reunion at The Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, YK. More

1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015!
1 Air Div 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 October 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. More