RCAF Association News
Jul. 17, 2015

Canada's CF18 bases won't have radar units replaced as $55 million deal cancelled
CBC News
Another multi-million dollar military purchase has gone off the rails. The Harper government is terminating its contract with Thales Canada, which was to supply new radar units to support Canada's CF-18 fighter jet squadrons in Cold Lake, AB, and Bagotville, QC. The deal signed in 2010 was initially worth $55 million for two tactical-control radar systems, with delivery to begin in 2013. Thales won the tender over one other bidder.More

10 signs the F-35 fighter program is becoming a smashing success
Summer is the silly season for defense coverage in the nation's capital. With much of official Washington gone, journalists have to work harder to find anything worth reporting. When they uncover an item that sounds like it might be newsy, they get as much mileage out of it as they can. One approach is to take the latest glitch (real or imagined) in the Pentagon's biggest weapon program and use it as a pretext for revisiting past issues — even though most of those issues have long since been resolved. More

Cyclone helicopter sea trials — 322 landings and take-offs from HMCS Halifax
Ottawa Citizen
As the RCAF prepares for the Cyclone, it is continuing with flights and other tests. Sikorsky and the Canadian military conducted sea trials with the CH-148 Cyclone on HMCS Halifax, according to the military and the company. In support of the trials, the Cyclone conducted 67 sorties, including 322 landings and take-offs from the frigate.More

New RCAF commander Michael Hood sets tone on dealing with sexual misconduct
Toronto Star
The new commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force used his swearing-in ceremony to deliver a sharp, pinpoint message — sexual harassment will not be tolerated on his watch. Lt.-Gen. Michael Hood's abrupt declaration stood out among the pomp and circumstance of the recent change of command ceremony at the Canadian Aviation Museum, which included a 100-person honour guard and a flypast involving two CF-18 jet fighters that the military insisted were on the way to another assignment.More

On target: Canadian bombing missions against ISIS misfires
Chronicle Herald
In the early heady days last year, when Canada first deployed CF-18 combat planes to battle ISIS militants in Iraq, there was keen media interest in the conflict. The good guys were off to smite the evil-doers and the Conservative government felt that a six-month time frame ought to do the trick. Once our fly boys actually started dropping their explosive ordnance, the early reports of their success against ISIS seemed a little exaggerated.More

Tiger Moths fly again
Prince Albert Daily Herald
A once familiar sight in the skies above Prince Albert is back for the 2015 Prairie Heritage Airshow Society AirFair. During the Second World War, dozens of 82C Tiger Moths were used as commonwealth pilots began their training across Saskatchewan. This year, thanks to the Saskatchewan Aviation Historical Society, one has made its way back north. More

Langley museum will build and fly replica of 100-year-old fighter
Langley Times
The Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley has agreed to provide a replica of a century-old Sopwith Pup biplane for the 100th anniversary of the First World War battle of Vimy Ridge. Now all they have to do is build one from scratch, then get it flight-tested and certified. They have just over a year to pull it off.More

Australia dumps F-35B plan but will continue with F-35A purchase
Ottawa Citizen
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's proposal to put F-35 fighter jets on the Royal Australian Navy's two assault ships has been dropped after it was found the ships would require extensive reworking and the project was too costly, the Australian Financial Review newspaper recently reported.More

U.S. fighter jet makes first Canadian appearance at Abbotsford Airshow
Vancity Buzz
The Abbotsford International Airshow has announced an exciting new addition to its 2015 line-up: The F-22 Raptor, the U.S. Air Force's newest fighter aircraft that boasts some of the greatest advances in fighter jet technology. Major John "Taboo" Cummings of the U.S. Air Force will be flying the plane in this year's demo and says that getting the Raptor is a big deal for any air show. The F-22 demo team, which includes Cummings and Technical Sergeants Harrison Southworth and Jonathan Billie, performs only 20 shows per year.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

Snowbirds 45th Anniversary Reunion
431 Air Demonstration Squadron/Snowbirds Alumni Association
Registration is now open for the Snowbirds 45th Anniversary Reunion to be held in Moose Jaw from Oct. 8-11, 2015. Team Alumni, Honourary Snowbirds and Associate Members of the Snowbirds Alumni Association may register here. All details pertaining to the reunion, including cost, hotels and travel arrangements are available online. Former team members are also requested to send their contact details to the Snowbirds Alumni Association at snowbirdsalumni@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

A Reunion cruise has been set up, to reunite former serving members, civilian staff and dependents who had the great fortune to be part of #1 Air Division in Europe.

The cruise will be aboard the Holland America ship, MS Nieuw Amsterdam — a highly-rated and new ship in their fleet. We will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 10, 2016 — sailing through the Panama Canal on her way to Vancouver, B.C. The cruise length is 20 nights. The ports of call will be:

Cartagena, Columbia
Cruising Panama Canal
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Corinto, Nicaragua
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Huatulco, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Diego, California
Victoria, B.C.
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, B.C.

As with all Panama Canal cruises — the ship will book up quickly — so the recommendation is to book soon to avoid disappointment. Already a core group are booked and ready to enjoy the companionship, the memories, wonderful weather, the ports and all the great amenities of life aboard a beautiful ship.

Visit our website!

Or, see us and join us on Facebook — #1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion — 2016

For further information, contact Gary Arnold — garnold@cruiseshipcenters.comMore

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) 291-3190More