RCAF Association News
May. 29, 2015

Report: Canada's military doing better job protecting Arctic than you think
Huffington Post
Canada's military is doing a much better job of protecting Arctic sovereignty in an increasingly busy North than Canadians think, says a new think tank report. "Canadians need to understand what I believe the military already understands," said Adam Lajeunesse of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. "They recognize that their role up there is not traditional military."More

Search and replace
Skies Magazine
The Lockheed Martin CC-130H Hercules gives RCAF search and rescue crews the long legs they need for missions in the Arctic and offshore. The first H model entered service in 1996 and is considered a highly-capable platform, but there have been suggestions that it is ill-suited to low-level searches in mountainous terrain, where a smaller aircraft capable of flying lower and slower is a preferred platform. More

CH-147F Chinook simulators completes on-site acceptance test
Defense World
CAE announced recently at CANSEC, Canada's premiere defence trade show, that a comprehensive suite of CH-147F Chinook simulators and training devices have completed on-site acceptance testing and are ready-for-use. The CH-147F training devices for the Royal Canadian Air Force include a CH-147F WST — a full-motion, full-mission simulator featuring a six-degree-of-freedom (DOF) motion system, 3-DOF vibration platform, 200x60-degree field-of-view visual display system, and CAE Medallion-6000 image generator with Common Database architecture.More

Fighter jets fly north for NORAD Exercise Amalgam Dart
CBC News
North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is launching its largest Arctic exercise in years, with hundreds of military personnel and more than a dozen aircraft scattered across the Arctic for the drill. NORAD says Exercise Amalgam Dart is not your average training operation because of the sheer size of it, spanning two forward operating locations in the Northwest Territories, two U.S. Air Force bases in Alaska and a mobile radar site in Resolute, NU.More

Atlantic air show returning to Summerside
Summerside Journal Pioneer
Stan Surette and Gord Sheculski may be retired, but get them talking about airplanes and their eyes light up like kids in a candy store. The men are part of the group that worked to establish the Air Force Heritage Park in Slemon Park and they generally like to keep that aspect of the city's history alive. So when they heard the Atlantic Canada International Air Show was returning to Summerside in 2015, they got pretty excited.More

Comox offers grant-in-aid to get fixed-wing training centre at local base
Comox Valley Echo
The Town of Comox has come up with a plan that may enhance CFB Comox's chances of landing the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Training Centre. To show the community's support for it, Comox council is willing to offer a grant-in-aid to 19 Wing that would be equal to the town's share of any incremental payment in lieu of taxes it will receive if the centre is built at the local base. It would be for the maximum allowable term of five years under the Community Charter.More

Memorial Day mystery from World War II has Gary link
Chicago Tribune
His name was Vincent Sature. Or possibly Vincent Kobylanski. Or Kobylinski. Or maybe Vincent Sheurmin Korzydlowski. Let me explain. He was born in Poland, reportedly near the Krakow ghetto. He later fled that war-torn city and eventually immigrated to Canada, where in 1940 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Somewhere along the way, he most likely changed his birth name because he was Jewish and knew he would be flying over Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II. More

Air Cadets reflect on achievements
Prince Albert Daily Herald
Nearly 75 years after the nation-wide flying program began, the 38 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron found themselves in the same place it started. The squadron's 73rd annual ceremonial review took place at the Prince Albert Municipal Airport recently, the same location where pilots were trained to fly tiger moths before heading overseas to fight in the Second World War. While next year is the official 75th anniversary of the Air Cadet program across Canada, the Prince Albert squadron was formed in the first year of the program.More

Honour Wall to remember Canadian veterans unveiled in Essex
CBC News
Local air force veterans of the Second World War have been honoured with a new monument in Essex. The town unveiled the Honour Wall at its Heritage Gardens recently. Lorna Collacott worked in the Royal Canadian Air Force's codes and ciphers division during the war. She later settled in Windsor. Her name is one of more than 1,400 featured on the black granite wall.More

The rededication of Golden Hawk Sabre #23164
Golden Hawk Restoration Team
The rededication of Golden Hawk Sabre #23164 to it's pilot S/L Jim McCombe, RCAF, will take place this weekend, May 31, 2015, at 14:00 hours, in Sarnia. The Sabre/Memorial will also be dedicated to the whole Golden Hawks Team which performed from 1959-1964. #23164 was one of the original group of Canadair built Sabres, to be converted, by Canadair in Montreal, to a Golden Hawk. It also flew with the Canadian built Orenda engine. During the ceremony there will be a tribute fly-past by historic aircraft, culminated by a final salute given by Hawk One — the only remaining flying Golden Hawk Sabre. Cmdr. Chris Hadfield will be piloting Hawk One during it's tribute. #23164 has just been put back up over the Memorial after a 22-month, 4800 man-hour restoration. All materials and labor were donated by Sarnian's.More

Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael, CD, RCAF (ret'd), first female Snowbird Pilot and Commander, guest speaker at Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame 42nd Induction Ceremony
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael, CD, RCAF (ret'd) will be the guest speaker at the 42nd annual induction ceremony of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. The former RCAF pilot was the first woman chosen to be part of the Snowbirds demonstration flight team, and later became the Commanding Officer of the squadron. 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

CAHS 52nd National Convention and Annual General Meeting
Canadian Aviation Historical Society
June 17-21, 2015
Hamilton, ON

We look forward to seeing many of you at the Canadian Aviation Historical Society's 52nd National Convention and Annual General Meeting in Hamilton, Ontario on June 17-21, 2015 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. The CAHS Convention page has been updated with the registration form, schedule, revised time for AGM, and more! Click the link for more information about the convention.More

#3 Wing RCAF Zweibrucken Germany, Brats Reunion
3 Wing Zweibrucken Brats
A reunion for all Brats of military personnel stationed to 3 Wing Zweibrucken, Germany during 1953 to 1969. The reunion will be held in Comox, B.C. on the weekend of September 11th, 2015.

Registrations are now open and information is available on the reunion website and Facebook page or contact the committee directly at 3wingbrats@gmail.com.

Come and reunite with long lost Brat friends or make new ones at the reunion. Once a Brat, always a Brat... and we'd love to "See You in September!"More

5th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament
Canadian Heroes Foundation
The Canadian Heroes Foundation, together with American Heroes Racing, are proud to announce that our annual memorial golf tournament will be taking place on...

September 17, 2015
At John Daly's first Signature golf course: Thundering Waters Golf Club
Niagara Falls, ON

This year, we will be playing in memory of two Fallen Heroes: a Canadian soldier and an American soldier, both of whom served their countries while abroad.More

440 Squadron Reunion

A gala reunion of former 440 Squadron members will be held in Ottawa from Oct. 1-4 this year. Although the gathering will be hosted by the aircrew veterans of the CF-100 era in Bagotville and Zweibruecken (1953-1962), squadron members from other eras and their guests are welcome to join in the festivities, which will include a special event at the Canadian War Museum, an Octoberfest evening, golf, tours, a closing dinner and a farewell brunch.

Planning is in the early stages, but already many of the old gang have indicated that they will be attending. Registration forms will be available soon.

For further information, please contact Reunion Chairman Paul Manson at pauldmanson@gmail.com. More

1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015!
1 Air Division 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

2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion

There is going to be a 2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion, open to all who served in Europe from 1950 to 1991.

You can access the information at our webpage.

You can contact Gary Arnold, retired military, at 604-226-6894 or 1-800-661-3770.

You may also contact Christine Eden.More

RCAF memorial event: January 2016

It is my hope that fellow RCAF Association members in the Clearwater and Tampa, FL, areas can join us on January 11th, 2016, to honour those Floridians who volunteered with the RCAF and RAF during the Second World War. The Royal Canadian Legion Post 144 plans to host the event during their meeting at the American Legion Post 7 facility in Clearwater, FL. Canadian Forces personnel from around Florida will attend. Karl Kjarsgaard, who is a Board Member of Bomber Command Museum of Canada and the Director of Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada), will be speaking and displaying Bomber Command Museum's transportable memorial. We will also have representatives or members of the Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary) and Florida Aviation Historical Society. Hopefully, RAF, USAF and other officials will agree to attend. The building's occupancy capacity is 225 persons. The two plaques that will be dedicated can be seen here and here. Note that Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada) donated the aluminum for the RCAF crest. The metal was obtained from a downed Halifax bomber. I will update everyone again once additional details become known. Mr. Dann Oliver (RCL Post 144 & RCL Eastern Division, U.S.A.) and I are planning and coordinating.

The following links provide additional information:

The Royal Canadian Legion Post 144

American Legion Post 7

Bomber Command Museum of Canada

Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada)


John T. Stemple, M.A.

P.O. Box 3893
Winter Haven, FL 33885

Telephone: (863) 291-3190 More