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The Trudeau government has begun talks with Washington about the sole-source purchase of up to 18 Super Hornet jet fighters.
The measure, intended as a stopgap solution to ease pressure on the air force's aging fleet of CF-18s, could cost taxpayers between $5 billion and $7 billion over the lifetime of the aircraft, according to data circulating within the Department of National Defence and shared with CBC News by sources who insisted upon anonymity.
The figures are only preliminary, but they are backed up by U.S. congressional budget information.
A report which warned against buying an interim fighter jet for the Canadian military will remain secret, even though it had previously been on the Defence department's website for more than a year.
The report was quietly pulled down from the site after the Liberal government announced its decision to purchase 18 Boeing Super Hornets as "interim" fighter jets until a permanent fleet for the existing CF-18 aircraft could be bought.
The Defence Research and Development Canada report recommended against the purchase of such "bridging" aircraft to deal with gaps in capability.
For the first time in Canadian history, the Royal Canadian Air Force will have a female deputy commander.
But for Maj.-Gen. Tammy Harris, whose career has been marked by firsts, the honour she feels heading into her new post goes beyond being a symbol of women's advancement in the military. It's more about using her new responsibilities to champion the need for broader diversity and inclusion in the Canadian Forces — particularly when it comes to young people.
The impressive hangar managed to make the hulking CC-177 Globemaster parked inside look small.
Officials cut the red ribbon for Hangar 6 recently, a massive structure that's been under construction since 2012.
The view from an elevated walkway that runs the width of one of the hangar bays, the Globemaster seemed to shrink in size.
With a building footprint of more than 17,000 square-metres, the two bay structure is the size of three Canadian Football League fields. Each bay is roughly 5,000 square-metres, or the size of three NHL hockey rinks.
Forgive Fernando Alonso for looking a little shell-shocked on Dec. 8, 2016. Just 48 hours earlier, the head of military aircraft for Airbus Defence and Space had been informed at his office in Spain that the company's C295W had won Canada's fixed-wing search and rescue competition. Standing in the hangar of 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron at 8 Wing Trenton, ON, on that cool winter morning amidst government ministers, senior officials, search and rescue technicians and other military personnel, reality began to set in.
The beautiful Great Lakes are perfect for boating during warm summer days. If you visit them often enough, chances are you may have spotted a CH-146 Griffon helicopter flying above them at some point. Have you ever looked up and wondered what they are there for? Capt Nicolas Bossé is a search and rescue (SAR) Griffon helicopter pilot dedicated to saving lives. Thanks to him and many other SAR personnel, Canadian Armed Forces SAR units respond to about 400 calls every year in Central Canada.
One of Canada's most iconic flying symbols is coming to Barrie to help celebrate the country's birthday.
The sound of screaming jets will be filling the air around Kempenfelt Bay on June 28 as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds 431 Air Demonstration Team perform in the skies over the city.
The show is leading up to Downtown Barrie's Promenade Days and the City of Barrie's annual Canada Day event.
We are requesting your support for The Sky's No Limit — Girls Fly Too! 2017 FREE community event on March 11-12, 2017 at the Abbotsford International Airport. This the world's largest outreach event to inspire gender and cultural diversity in Aviation, Aerospace, Marine and Defence. Held annually during the week of International Women's Day, our EPIC events are family-friendly and change lives!
The event attracts thousands of participants from the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley as well as other locations in British Columbia and Washington State. Free flights are offered to female first time fliers of all ages to draw them to the airport and pique their interest in further exploring the ground displays. All participants — male and female — are encouraged to try their hand at the many interactive Aviation, Aerospace, Marine and Defence activities. Civilian and non-civilian agencies and VIP's will be on hand with aircraft and ground support/tactical vehicles to explore.
Volunteers are needed for The Sky's No Limit — Girls Fly Too! You can volunteer for a few hours, two days, or more if you'd like to help before and after the event. There are lots of interesting and fun volunteer opportunities available. For more information and to register as a volunteer, check us out at www.girlsfly2.ca. Volunteers of any gender, age, skill and physical abilities are welcome — we will work with you to find a position that you'll enjoy.
This exciting event is being held March 11-12 in Abbotsford, B.C., and we knew you would want your members and friends to know about it. Feel free to share the exciting news about this non-profit free event, we hope you get the opportunity to come and visit us during The Sky's No Limit — Girls Fly Too!
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RCAF Airwomen's 13th Reunion will be held in Moncton, NB, from June 2-4, 2017. For more information, contact:
911-800 Chieftain St.
Woodstock, ON, N4T 1T8
Please visit this website for more information: http://www.rcafairwomen.ca/Reunion_13_Letter.php
Attention all ex- and currently-serving members of 442 Transport and Rescue Sqn/ 121 KU/ 442 Auxiliary Fighter Sqn/ Number 14 Fighter Sqn. We will be celebrating 75 years of service to Canada with a squadron reunion. The 75th Reunion celebrations will take place from June 2-4, 2017, in Comox B.C. For more information or interest, please contact Capt. Corey McPhee at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Facebook at 442 Squadron 75th Anniversary (@442Sqn75th) as more details become available.
Calling all Thunderbirds home to the nest!! This year, we're celebrating our 75th anniversary and are hoping to have the flock come home to help us remember our history and heritage. Please mark Oct. 20-22 in your calendar and join us for a huge party. If you have humorous stories or anecdotes to share, please send them to the following address:
MWO Christine Krueger
426 Sqn 8 Wing/CFB Trenton
PO Box 1000, Stn Forces
Astra, ON, Canada K0K 3W0
50 Minthorn Blvd.Suite 800, Thornhill, Ontario L3T 7X8