RCAF Association News
Aug. 6, 2015

The F/A-18 Super Hornet — a better fighter jet
National Post
Pity Canada's fighter jet pilots: Their 33-year-old CF-18 Hornets are suffering from metal fatigue, to the point where strong G-forces could rip off their wings. Some of the CF-18s are being refitted in a move that officials claim will extend their lives to 2025. But metal fatigue is difficult to address through refits and for safety reasons, the planes are no longer used for training in aerial combat, or sent to places where they might become involved in a "dogfight."More

Canada's first fighter squadron reborn
Cold Lake Sun
Seventy-five years after battling the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain, 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron has been reborn. The squadron was reactivated during a recent ceremony at 4 Wing Cold Lake. Known as the Ram Squadron, 401 will fly the CF-18 Hornet. Maj.-Gen. David Wheeler, commander of 1st Canadian Air Division, was on hand to stand up the new squadron.More

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

RCAF Cormorant helicopter used for medical evacuation of injured U.S. Coast Guard crew member
Ottawa Citizen
The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) tasked a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-149 Cormorant helicopter and a CC-115 Buffalo aircraft from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, based at 19 Wing Comox, to conduct a medical evacuation of an injured crew member on board United States Coast Guard Cutter Healy recently, according to a news release issued by the Canadian Forces.More

CFB Borden helicopter unit welcomes first female commander
The 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron has a new commander and for the first time in its storied history, the reins have been handed over to a woman. Lt. Col. Jill Bishop took charge of the Canadian Forces Base Borden unit from Lt. Col. Dave Miller during an official change of command ceremony on the tarmac outside the unit's training facility, Hangar 18. More