RCAF Association News
Feb. 27, 2015

Canadian CF-18 fighter jets strike ISIS bomb factory
Metro News
The military says Canadian CF-18 fighter jets conducted a single attack in Iraq recently, leading a coalition strike that destroyed a factory making improvised explosive devices. Navy Capt. Paul Forget says the recent attack was a success. He says coalition air attacks and Iraqi ground efforts continue to degrade the operational ability of the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.More

Veterans Ombudsman to hold public town halls to hear concerns
Ottawa Citizen
Canada's Veterans Ombudsman, Guy Parent, will host public town halls in Quebec City and Chicoutimi, QC, for veterans, military and RCMP members, and other interested parties. These meetings are an opportunity for the Veterans Ombudsman to meet with Veterans, talk about what his office is doing on their behalf and answer questions about the office and about issues of importance to the veterans' community, according to a news release from the Veterans Ombudsman.More

F-22 Raptor coming to Abbotsford International Air Show
Saanich News
The United States Air Force is returning to the Abbotsford International Air Show. The Air Force announced its schedule for its F-22 Raptor Demonstration recently, with Abbotsford on the list of only 21 approved show sites this season. The F-22 Raptor will join the Breitling Jet Team from France, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and CF-18 Hornet, and several other aviators at the show, which runs later this summer at Abbotsford International Airport.More

Kenney's reputation as 'Mr. Fix-it' will be severely tested as defence minister
National Post
Jason Kenney came to the defence department with a reputation as Mr. Fix-it; he is the Minister Who Solves Problems. Mr. Kenney will need all his vaunted skill and energy, and then some, to untie the Gordian knot that is Canadian military procurement, as he recently promised to do. It is a snarled, impossible mess, riven with intra-governmental factionalism and disputes, with no relief in sight.More

Military: UFO near Jackhead? It's actually a plane
CBC News
Social media reports of a possible UFO sighting recently near Jackhead, MB, are not true, says the Canadian Forces, which attributed the bright light people saw to an airplane from a training exercise.More

Tight budget reduces air force's time in the sky
The Leader-Post
Federal budget cuts have been quietly clipping the wings of the Canadian military, with the air force's fighter jets, search-and-rescue helicopters and other aircraft spending more time on the ground in an attempt to save money.More

RCAF P-51 Mustang alive and well in Palm Springs
Ottawa Citizen
Last year, I visited the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, CA. They have quite a collection of aircraft — well worth the visit. Warbird News is now reporting the museum has just celebrated the return of its P-51D Mustang, 44-74908. It has returned after restoration work. More

Air show's comeback could be its last
The StarPhoenix
Saskatoon's air show is back, but organizers say this year's event will likely be the last. "If I was in Las Vegas right now, and I was a betting man, I would dare say there's a high percentage chance that this is the last air show in Saskatoon," Brian Swidrovich, volunteer director of the Canada Remembers our Heroes air show, told reporters recently at a news event announcing this year's show.More

Here's how to fix the problems at Veterans Affairs Canada and the various issues affecting veterans
Ottawa Citizen
Veteran and Defence Watch reader Scott Shannon has come up with what he believes would be a fix to the issues affecting Veterans Affairs Canada. "Many of the problems were created by the language used in the New Veterans Charter and the vagueness of the legislation permits the development of restrictive policies and procedures that hinder the ability of the veteran to receive necessary services," he writes. More

Jet art
The Cube at the Kamloops Art Gallery has been transforming into the cockpit of a fighter jet. Michael Markowsky's work, "Faster Than The Speed of Sound" consists of wall paintings and sculpture inspired by his flight in a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet. What makes this unique is that Markowsky is still creating the exhibit, while guests are welcome to engage in the process. Once complete, this piece is expected to take off to other cities across the Canada.More

Revolutionary F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pilot's smart helmet will cost a bomb
Newcastle Herald
It's arguably the most expensive and technically complex piece of headgear ever produced and before any Royal Australian Air Force pilot steps into the cockpit of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet, they will need to be fitted with a custom-made $770,000 flight helmet. With the Australian government committed to purchasing 72 of the controversial fighters at a cost of $12.4 billion, the bill for these smart helmets alone could exceed $55 million.More

Second World War Tribute Request
Veterans Affairs Canada
To mark the 75th anniversary of Canada's engagement in the Second World War, 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

Museum Expansion Gala
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Saturday, May 9, 2015
5:30 pm to 10:00 pm (MDT)
Nanton, AB

Please have a look at our expansion plans, plan on attending our Museum Expansion Gala, and support the project by bidding on some fantastic items such as a two-hour flight in an L39 Albatros Jet!More

UPDATED: 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 4, 2015, at the Skyservice hangar in Toronto, ON, at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. (Please note the new location.) The annual black-tie event is a highlight in Canadian aviation celebration and draws attendance from across Canada.

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 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.More