RCAF Association News
Jun. 5, 2014

Seat on Hamilton's Avro Lancaster fetches $79,100
Hamilton Spectator
Matthew Munson is over the moon about flying in Hamilton's Avro Lancaster. The 34-year-old businessman from Henley-on-Thames in England is so excited, he isn't the least bit deterred about paying a whopping $79,100 for the transatlantic privilege. "It's a helluva lot of money," admits Munson, who owns a company that deals in everything from information technology to farm machinery. More

Snowbirds, grounded
National Post
Canadians may soon have to say goodbye to the Snowbirds, our iconic military aerobatics team. The highly skilled pilots who perform at air shows and national ceremonies could be grounded within a year or so, because successive governments have failed to replace the Snowbirds' half-century-old CT-114 Tutor jet aircraft. Safety is paramount in formation flying. At speeds exceeding 500 kilometres per hour, the slightest mechanical issue can lead to catastrophic collision. More

RCAF to look to universities and industry to help with future air power needs
Ottawa Citizen
Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin, the commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, spoke to more than 100 members and friends of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations. He spoke about creating the Air Force of the future by capitalizing on innovation.More

Ottawa pushed to boost benefits for wounded soldiers
Toronto Star
Wounded in war, hoping not to be forgotten in peace. More than a decade of war in Afghanistan has left a legacy of casualties for Canada’s military, soldiers suffering the physical and mental wounds of their deployments. And now as federal Conservatives prepare to hold "day of honour" to mark Canada's lengthy Afghan engagement, advocates say the best way to honour the sacrifices of the mission is to ensure the wounded are looked after. More

Aerospace firms square off in competition to replace Canada's fighter jets
Toronto Star
The competition to replace Canada's fleet of aging CF-18 fighter jets played out at an Ottawa trade show, with boasts, bravado and a little sky-high trash talk. While Ottawa has yet to signal whether that there will be an open competition, that didn't stop officials with Lockheed Martin, Boeing and the Eurofighter consortium from making the case that their fighters would be the best pick for the Royal Canadian Air Force.More