RCAF Association News
Oct. 1, 2015

Edmonton celebrates proud air force history
Edmonton Journal
Queen Elizabeth II, who recently became the longest serving British and Commonwealth monarch, once used an RCAF flight to upstage U.S. president Ronald Reagan. "I was flying Her Majesty in a turbo-prop Cosmopolitan aircraft in the Windsor area in 1984 when a royal aide asked me if I could get a written message to president Reagan," says Edmonton's Brig.-Gen. (Ret'd) Bill Buckham.More

All about the Pinetree Line, CFB Sydney
Cape Breton Post
If you drive through Whitney Pier and turn up the road called East Broadview, you can't miss seeing the big tower with a large dome on top. You can find your way to the large entrance to CFS Sydney where a lot of businesses and residences now exist. There is no military sign near the entrance. These grounds were part of a radar system developed during the Cold War when there was a fear of Russian bombers invading the West; the radar system could detect such a situation.More

'Flying the barrel:' Explaining the F-101 Voodoo
Warbirds News
Jim Brickel called it "flying in the barrel." To take the RF-101C Voodoo over North Vietnam, a pilot had to stake himself and his aircraft against flak, fighters, and the ever-present danger of some awful mechanical catastrophe within the churning guts of a complicated aircraft that, as Brickel put it, "felt like a thousand pieces of metal grating against one another and trying to rip everything to pieces."More

Hercules pilot brings plane home
Brant News
My interest is researching military and civil aircraft crashes in my local area of County Durham, England, and I am in the process of writing a book. I am trying to trace any relations, a photograph or flying logbook of a Second World War RCAF Air Gunner Thomas Lloyd Kidd, who came from Sidney. While training in the Royal Air Force in No. 78 Squadron, he was in a flying accident on Oct. 16, 1941.More

ISIS mission: Comparing leaders' positions on military involvement
CBC News
Interviews with the party leaders on CBC's The National revealed a sharp difference of opinion about Canada's military role in fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Canada joined the U.S.-led coalition to combat ISIS, also known as Islamic State or ISIL, last year. The mission, Operation Impact, includes six CF-18s, an aerial refueller, two surveillance planes and about 600 personnel involved in the air war, as well as 69 special forces training Kurdish fighters.More