RCAF Association News
Jun. 5, 2015

Gen. Tom Lawson announces more Canadian Forces promotions and retirements
Ottawa Citizen
General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, recently announced a series of senior appointments, promotions and retirements that will occur in 2015. Major-General S.J. Bowes was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and will be appointed Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command, in Ottawa, replacing Lieutenant-General J.H. Vance.More

CAE Chinook training simulators ready for use by RCAF
Aviation Today
During CANSEC, Canada's premiere defence trade show, CAE announced that a comprehensive suite of CH-147F Chinook simulators and training devices has completed on-site acceptance testing at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa and is now ready for use by the Royal Canadian Air Force. The RCAF has begun interim pilot training using the CH-147F weapon systems trainer. More

Video: Mid-air fill up
The Department of National Defence recently released some pretty cool video of Canadian Air Force fighter jets fuelling up mid-air. The video shows a CC-130T Hercules as it refuels CF-188 hornets during training exercises in Inuvik, N.W.T. American and Canadian jets are currently in the north practicing intercepting foreign aircraft, as military personnel claim Russian flights bordering on North American air space are increasing.More

RCAF Griffon helicopter crews to get upgraded simulator
Ottawa Citizen
CAE of Montreal was recently awarded a contract from the federal government to perform a major visual system update on the Royal Canadian Air Force's CH-146 Griffon helicopter full-motion flight simulator. The simulator is located at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, NB. The contract will include the latest generation CAE Medallion-6000 image generator and new display system to deliver superior image quality, CAE and RCAF officials say.More

Air Force returning to Skyfest
Prince George Citizen
Skyfest 2015, Quesnel's International Airshow, takes to the skies this summer. The Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Armed Forces featuring the CF-18 Hornet fighter jet will join the Snowbirds demonstration team. Each year, the jet has a commemorative design painted on it. This year the image depicts the Battle of Britain, which took place 75 years ago.More

Nanton's Bomber Command Museum has salvage plan for RCAF Halifax bomber in waters off coast of Sweden
Calgary Sun
Operators of a Nanton military museum are a step closer to bringing parts of an RCAF Halifax bomber lying in waters off the coast of Sweden back to Canada. Karl Kjarsgaard teamed up with a group of Swedish divers to further identify the bomber, Halifax HR871 that crashed into the Baltic Sea near Malmo, Sweden due to engine trouble following a pathfinder/bombing mission over Hamburg, Germany in August, 1943.More

Search still on for family of airman killed in 1941
Windsor Star
A veteran Toronto police officer and amateur historian has made it his mission to hunt down relatives of a Windsor airman whose near-forgotten war-time grave lies on a tiny North Sea island off the shore of the Netherlands. "He sits there all alone — I just don't think that's right," said Staff Sgt. Chuck Konkel of the Toronto Police Service. Konkel has spent years reconnecting Canadian families to ancestors buried in a Second World War Allied cemetery on Texel Island, but the case of air gunner Vincent Sature has him and others baffled.More

U.S. Air Force and DARPA team up on hypersonic weapons
"What do we want to do with this technology? We want to weaponize it." The U.S. Air Force told Military.com it's planning to build on the X-51A WaveRider's "scramjet" (supersonic ramjet) trials to develop hypersonic weapons that compress air by sheer velocity. During tests in 2013, the WaveRider set a record by flying at Mach 5.1 for over three minutes after it was dropped from a B-2H bomber and accelerated by a rocket. While those trials were just a proof-of-concept, the Air Force has teamed up with DARPA take the technology to the next level.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