RCAF Association News
Nov. 28, 2014

Memorial to honour living armed forces vets
Sault This Week
While the memorial wall in the Essar Centre and the cenotaph play tribute to the over 660 men and women who did not return from war, the Veterans Commemorative Monument Planning Committee works to develop a place that will recognize all who volunteered to serve and continue to serve their country. It is estimated that more than 10,000 Sault Ste. Marie and area residents have volunteered or now serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. The Veterans Commemorative Monument means to recognize them.More

CF-18 aircraft extension to 2025 will mean extra maintenance costs for RCAF
Ottawa CItizen
I've had a number of references on Defence Watch to the CF-18 modernization, which the Conservative government says will keep the fighter aircraft flying until 2025. But a knowledgeable Defence Watch reader and former fighter pilot points out that the upgrade was never intended to expand the actual flying life (ELE) of the CF- 18. It will add various upgrades to the cockpit but it has nothing to extend the actual flying state of the plane. That instead will be done through increased maintenance and cost to the RCAF.More

Flights of fancy at Markham Airport: A former Cold War pilot's big plans
Toronto Star
Wearing a faded olive-drab flight suit and polished black cowboy boots, Allan Rubin sits in the navigator seat from an Argus anti-submarine patrol bomber. Repurposed with rollers, the reborn office chair is surrounded by a clutter of paperwork and aircraft parts, such as the propeller of a Tiger Moth biplane and a photographic view-finder from a once state-of-the-art U-2 spy plane. Just outside sit four vintage (and mostly functional) fighter jets. More

Battle of Quinte West includes young and old
Inside Belleville
Some very old hockey players and some very, very young ones were included in the Battle of Quinte West at the Duncan McDonald arena recently. Celebrity hockey players, alumni all stars from the 1950s strolled out on the carpet at centre ice just before the game started, the third annual Battle of Quinte West between the RCAF Flyers and the Trenton Junior A Golden Hawks. Dropping the puck for the game was left winger Pete Conacher who was born in 1932 and played NHL between 1951 and 1958, then went on to the American Hockey League (AHL) until 1966. More

U-boat surrenders
Cape Breton Post
Retired naval veteran John Brennan from North Sydney, was vividly recalling that cloudy afternoon back in May 1945, less than one week after German forces had officially surrendered to bring the European theatre of war to a close. Three days earlier, U-889 had been spotted by another patrol aircraft in the North Atlantic south of Newfoundland. It was steaming on the surface and was flying a black flag of surrender.More

Air Force working on plans to allow women to compete for last 7 male-only jobs in the service
Times Colonist
The Air Force's top boss said recently she hopes to make all jobs in the service open to qualified women in the next year and a half. Seven jobs in the service are closed to women, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told reporters during a recent visit to Hawaii. More

RCAF Cormorant helicopter crew receives accolades for difficult rescue
Ottawa Citizen
AgustaWestland has congratulated the Royal Canadian Air Force crew of search and rescue helicopter "Rescue 903" for winning this year's Cormorant Trophy. The crew that performed the outstanding rescue on 1st August 2013 and awarded the Cormorant Trophy were...More

Brazil to buy 108 new fighter jets while Canada to make due with 65
Ottawa Citizen
The Brazilian Air Force expects to field "at least" 108 Saab Gripen E/F combat aircraft by the time deliveries are complete, Jane's defence magazine has reported. Jane's cited a senior Brazilian air force official who spoke recently at a conference. The numbers of planes that Brazil is buying stands in stark contrast to the 65 new fighters that Canada intends to purchase. More

John Williams to be appointed as 8 Wing's ambassador
Belleville Intelligencer
John Williams is about to become a real top gun. The outgoing Mayor of Quinte West will be appointed as Honourary Colonel of 8 Wing/CFB Trenton early next month, earning the torch carried by Armin Quickert since December 2011. Base Commander, Col. Dave Lowthian made the announcement before a packed house at the National Air Force Museum of Canada recently as Williams was toasted, roasted and grilled by dignitaries and friends.More

Mynarski unveiled
The Manitoban
During the week of Remembrance Day, an exclusive preview of the Andrew Mynarski bronze monument was revealed at the Frame Arts Warehouse. The bronze sculpture was created by local artist Charles Johnston in commemoration of the valour of Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Pilot Officer Andrew Charles Mynarski VC. Mynarski was born in 1916 to Polish immigrants and raised in the North End of Winnipeg. He enlisted in the army before volunteering for the RCAF. He rose to the rank of pilot officer during World War II.More

Calgary vets heading to Italy to honour their service during the Second World War's Italian Campaign
Calgary Sun
In many ways, it was the forgotten front in the Second World War. But for a pair of Calgary veterans who served in the Italian Campaign, a special delegation set to honour their wartime efforts is recognition that has long been due. Father Bob Greene and Stu Egglestone will fly out with 26 fellow Canadian vets to mark the 70th anniversary of the Italian campaign, in a delegation led by Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, who was a child in Italy during the war.More

Second World War Tribute Request
Veterans Affairs Canada
To mark the 75th anniversary of Canada's engagement in the Second World War, beginning September 10, 2014, living Canadian Veterans of the Second World War may request a special commemorative lapel pin and certificate of recognition.More

Call for Papers: AERO 2015 Conference
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
AERO 2015 Conference will be held in beautiful Montréal QC, Canada's largest aerospace hub and home to Bombardier, Bell-Helicopter-Textron, Pratt & Whitney and more. The venue will be at the Delta Hotel on President Kennedy Avenue from Tuesday April 21 through Thursday April 23.

Also part of AERO 2015 will be the Women in Aerospace Reception on Tuesday, the Talent Meets Market Student Breakfast on Wednesday, the Senior Awards Reception and Gala Dinner on Wednesday evening, and the Turnbull Lecture Luncheon on Thursday.

Call for Papers:
Initial abstracts: January 21, 2015
Notification of abstract acceptance: February 4, 2015
Full papers/extended abstracts: April 21, 2015More