RCAF Association News
Mar. 13, 2015

Feds invest in infrastructure at 17 Wing Winnipeg
Metro News
Winnipeg's military base is getting a $13 million makeover. Canada's Associate Minister of National Defence, Julian Fantino, was at 17 Wing Winnipeg recently to announce the federal infrastructure funding. "This wing is without a doubt an intricate part of the local community and produces some of the best-trained military members in the world and top-notched training needs top-notch infrastructure," said Fantino in a speech in front of military members and the media.More

Canadian fighters strike at Iraq targets, U.S. general worries about Iraqi governance
Ottawa Citizen
RCAF CF-18s recently bombed two Islamic State ammunition caches southeast of Haditha, Iraq. Shortly before, CF-18s hit Islamic State fighting positions south of Kirkuk. The RCAF's CC-150T Polaris aerial refueller in theatre had conducted 98 sorties, delivering some 5,674,000 pounds of fuel to coalition aircraft; and CP-140 Aurora aircraft had conducted 109 reconnaissance missions.More

A rare interview with a Canadian commander fighting the Islamic State
If Canada's CF-18 Hornet fighter jets are the muscle in the nation's war against the Islamic State, then its CP-140 Auroras are the eyes and ears. The high-tech surveillance aircraft are arguably the most advanced manned reconnaissance aircraft in the world, and they're Canada's secret weapon in outsmarting the Islamic State's evolving tactics. More

Snowbirds date set for Valley training
Comox Valley Record
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will, once again, grace the skies over the Comox Valley in preparation for their 2015 air show season this spring. The Snowbirds' Spring Training Camp is an annual event that affords the team the opportunity to practice flying over water, mountains and diverse terrain away from its operational home base of Moose Jaw, SK.More

WWII pilot's ring returned after 70 years
The Sudbury Star
For seven decades, the Handley Page Halifax bomber was believed to be at the bottom of the Adriatic Sea. Then, last fall, a British and U.S. team climbed 6,000 feet into the Albanian mountains to locate its wreckage, which had been spotted by a villager out collecting herbs.More

When will the RCAF buy a fleet of drones?
Ottawa Citizen
The RCAF's quest for a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has been a long running saga. The various options for a UAV purchase were outlined in 2005 for air force officers. Work was started. Then the delays began. The turnover of military staff in the project office and the unclear procurement process were two issues behind the delays.More

Search to replace senior military commander narrowed to 4 men
The Globe and Mail
Canada's senior military commander will be stepping down in a matter of months — possibly by the summer — and a search for his replacement has been narrowed to four men, sources say. As reported previously, General Tom Lawson is leaving after one term as Chief of the Defence Staff and a hunt is under way for his successor. More

Air Force Museum of Alberta buys Cold War plane
Global News
It recently arrived in Calgary in pieces — securely strapped onto a flatbed truck. Not much to look at now, but Gerry Morrison remembers flying an F-86 Sabre during the Cold War. "This was a beautiful airplane to fly — it was a very good turning aircraft," said Morrison. When he heard one was for sale in Reno, Morrison decided to check it out.More

Female pilots and air technicians inspire next generation at Breslau expo
Waterloo Region Record
Less than five per cent of pilots in Canada are women. This paltry statistic is matched in the field of aircraft mechanics and inspections, as well. These 2006 figures from Service Canada highlight professions where women do not often dare to venture. But recently, a handful of them told an audience of young women and girls they can change that statistic. More

Before the U-2 spy plane, there was the X-16
In the early 1950s, the U.S. Air Force needed a new spy plane. While the flying branch ultimately backed development of Lockheed's iconic U-2, the service initially pushed hard for another, larger design — the X-16. In 1953, Bell Aircraft Corporation submitted a proposal to Air Force officials for a high-altitude reconnaissance plane. Five months earlier, the flying branch asked both Bell and Fairchild to come up with unique surveillance aircraft. More

Planning begins for USAF next-generation air dominance
Defense News
The U.S. Air Force is about to start a deep-dive process that will eventually decide what technologies and capabilities it will fund to ensure air dominance in the world of 2030. And while that includes the potential for a sixth-generation fighter, top service officials continue to stress that the result of the process will likely be a family of systems approach.More

The Great Escape: A Canadian Story by Ted Barris — 71st anniversary of the Great Escape

This month marks the 71st anniversary of the historic prison break. Ted Barris, author of The Great Escape: The Canadian Story, will be in Ottawa on Friday, March 20th for an event at the Vintage Wings Museum in Gatineau from 7:00-8:30 pm, and then will have a second presentation at the Ottawa Writers Festival on Monday, March 23rd from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Christchurch Cathedral in downtown Ottawa. He'll be speaking about the Canadian POW officers involved in the iconic prison break.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

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. 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