RCAF Association News
Apr. 11, 2014

American navy drone wanders into Canadian airspace off Nova Scotia
CBC News
An American navy drone wandered into Canadian-controlled airspace off the coast of Nova Scotia. It was over the ocean when it crossed into the Canadian zone about 230 kilometres southwest of Yarmouth. The U.S. navy's Global Hawk drones have a wingspan of nearly 40 metres, wider than a Boeing 737.More

NORAD launches northern flight training exercise
Nunatisiaq Online
If you hate airplane noise and live in Iqaluit, get ready to use your ear plugs. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, has launched a training exercise around Canada's North. Iqaluit is one of the deployment spots for Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, along with Inuvik and Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, and Goose Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador. More

Tribute planned to honour vets
Lillooet News
The very old will reach out to the very young May 2, when World War II veterans share their memories with the community at a special tribute. The gathering is called "A Tribute to Our Veterans and the Royal Canadian Legion" and will be held at the Legion. It's the brainchild of former Royal Marines commando Ted Anchor, who wanted to acknowledge the service of veterans Bill Bell and Colin Edie, both in their 90s.More

Tribute planned to honour vets
Lillooet News
The very old will reach out to the very young May 2, when World War II veterans share their memories with the community at a special tribute. The gathering is called "A Tribute to Our Veterans and the Royal Canadian Legion" and will be held at the Legion. It's the brainchild of former Royal Marines commando Ted Anchor, who wanted to acknowledge the service of veterans Bill Bell and Colin Edie, both in their 90s.More

Royal Canadian Air Force rewrites rules after fatal Arctic rescue
Global News
The Royal Canadian Air Force is considering a rewrite of its rules for high-risk search-and-rescue missions following the investigation of a dramatic Arctic rescue. "Appropriate regulations would serve to restrict operations when the risk is pre-determined to be too high," says the final report into the mission. More

F-35's French rival pitches 'Canadianized' fighter jet
CBC News
Dassault Aviation of France is making an aggressive bid to sideline the F-35 and to sell its own jet fighter to Canada, offering to transfer technology, create jobs and share billions of dollars in business if Canada buys its Rafale fighter to replace its outdated fleet of CF-18s. Dassault leads the French consortium that makes the twin-engined Rafale for the French air force. More

Operation Spring Forward
The North Bay Nugget
Hundreds of Canada's National Defence personnel will be tested to determine how well they're prepared to respond to a possible threat. 22 Wing Canadian Forces Base North Bay is participating in an operation exercise involving fighter aircraft, support aircraft and personnel from across Canada. The local base is part of the North American Aerospace Defence Command and the Canadian Norad Region, which has been planning the two week exercise.More

Canada's air force is looking for a senior officer to hang out with Sass Jordan and its other honorary colonels
National Post
Canada's air force wants to hire a retired senior officer to deal with dozens of honorary colonels, among them celebrities such as hockey great Guy Lafleur and singer Sass Jordan. Such high-profile public figures, who also include businessmen and senators, expect to liaise with a senior military official, said Capt. Jean-Francois Lambert, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) spokesman. He said awarding the job to a retired officer has been a tradition since the 1990s.More

Memorial fly-by in Owen Sound to honour to airmen
CTV News
A historic fly-by was held in Owen Sound, ON, to honour two local airmen that were killed in the Second World War. All of The students at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute poured outside into the parking lot to do stand in a 4-2-4 formation as an Royal Canadian Air Force Hercules swooped down over the school. More

Chris Hadfield on building a better spacesuit
CBC News
When Chris Hadfield was five years old, his mother made him a space robot costume for Halloween. "I still remember how proud and excited I was," the retired Canadian astronaut says, recalling the cardboard boxes painted silver that he wore almost five decades ago. But as clumsy as those cardboard costume may have been, they were probably easier to get around in than the real but very uncomfortable spacesuit Hadfield donned in 2001 when he became the first Canadian to walk in space.More

RCAF St-Hubert Reunion
RCAF
The bi-annual Junior Ranks Reunion is held for those who were stationed at RCAF Station St. Hubert - including but not limited to those who worked with the 401 & 438 Reserve Sqn’s, 104 KU, 426 Sqn, ADCHQ, and all other units. Today St. Hubert has so much less activity that we hold our reunion at RCAF Base Trenton. Our 9th bi-annual reunion will be held in the WOs' & SGTs' Mess at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario between June 20th – 22nd, 2014. More

75th anniversary of the Harvard in Canada
RCAF
2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the Harvard in Canada. The Harvard Mark II saw service with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan from 1939 to 1945. The Harvard Mark IV saw service as an advanced trainer during the 1950s and 60s. The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association invites anyone who flew, trained with or serviced this magnificent aircraft to join us on the weekend of 20-22 June, 2014 as we celebrate 75 years of the Harvard with “The Gathering of Harvards and Heroes”. We have invited all currently flying Harvard aircraft to join us at the Tillsonburg airport, and we will have presentations, aircraft flying, contests and a banquet on the Saturday night. On Sunday we will attempt to put into the air the largest formation of Harvards since they were in service. More information for accommodations, program of events and participating aircraft can be found at our website and on Facebook. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see, touch and even fly in these historic aircraft. Please join us as we continue the legend. More