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Canadian aid flights resume to earthquake-stricken Nepal
The Globe and Mail
Canadian military aircraft bound for Nepal had to briefly stop flying in to the earthquake-stricken country after Kathmandu closed its airport to heavy planes, out of fears that its runway was damaged by tremors.
Before the recent closure, two Canadian C-17 Globemasters had arrived in Nepal, delivering 85 members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team.
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Edmonton Garrison: Don't fear the chopper
Area residents who've spotted — and heard — an unusual number of army helicopters in the skies have nothing to fear, says Edmonton Garrison.
With some recent changes and shutdowns, including City Centre Airport, 408 Squadron, a helicopter unit within Edmonton Garrison, has increased the use of Villeneuve Airport as a flying hub. St. Albert residents in particular may have noticed the increased army choppers.
Canada remembers 70 years after guns fell mostly silent and Germans surrendered
It was 70 years ago that the guns fell nearly silent along the Canadian and British lines in Holland.
The war in northwestern Europe was almost over and Pte. Frank Graham, who'd fought with the Canadian 1st Division all through Sicily, Italy and Holland, found himself thunderstruck.
"When I heard they'd given up, I thought, no they don't," said Graham, 92. "I didn't believe it to start with." The BBC had announced the ceasefire, yet Graham said he'd been disappointed by rumours before.
High flying rescuers stage exercise on Okanagan Lake
Kamloops Info News
Penticton Search and Rescue teamed up with RCAF 442 Squadron for a joint exercise above Okanagan Lake recently.
Two local Search and Rescue swift water technicians were dropped into the lake off Three Mile Point from a hovering helicopter in a simulation of an overturned boat with survivors.
"The RCAF Cormorant approached and assessed the rescue scene, then dropped two SAR Techs into the water to evaluate the survivors, provide aid and evacuation," Penticton Search and Rescue spokesperson Rob Brown said in a media release.
Long lost Avro Anson discovered after 71 years
The British families of a World War II air crew who were missing, presumed dead, say they are relieved they have finally been able to lay their bodies to rest. The wreck of their Avro Anson Mk. 1 lay undiscovered in a Canadian forest for 71 years.
The aircraft disappeared without trace in 1942, taking the lives of her four-man crew: RCAF Sgt. William Baird and RAF Pilot Officer Charles Fox, Pilot Officer Anthony Lawrence, and Sgt. Robert Luckock.
Now a new documentary reveals the mission to recover the remains and give the men a military burial.
U.S. and Canadian naval vessels taking part in West Coast exercise — RCAF and USN aircraft also involved
Exercise TRIDENT FURY is organized by Maritime Forces Pacific in Esquimalt, B.C., to test air and surface joint operations including maritime surveillance, live air and surface weapons firing, and anti-submarine warfare training, according to the Canadian Forces.
It includes personnel from the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard. More than 1,200 military personnel will participate in this exercise.
The mystery of the Canadian soldier who helped a Dutch family
For the last 70 years, Eva Walters-Constant has kept a picture of a Canadian soldier in a special album where she keeps wedding photos of her relatives.
Now 85, the Dutch woman remembers the man they called Bill as someone who worried about her family and gave them chocolate. She and her siblings would each savour a small piece before they carefully wrapped up the rest to save it.
"It was very, very special," says Eva's niece, Jeanine Bult Borgers, translating for her aunt from Holland. "She's still smiling now."
The Air Force is one step closer to a shape-shifting plane
It's not quite a Transformer, but it's getting there: NASA and the United States Air Force Research Lab have teamed up to develop a plane with wings that can change shape mid-flight. NASA has flown 22 research flights over the past six months using the technology, and it passed with flying colours. According to FlexSys, the company that designed the morphing wing flaps, the technology can save up to five per cent on fuel costs when retrofitted on existing planes, and up to 12 per cent when implemented on new aircraft.
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Museum Expansion Gala
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Saturday, May 9, 2015
5:30 pm to 10:00 pm (MDT)
Please have a look at our expansion plans, plan on attending our Museum Expansion Gala, and support the project by bidding on some fantastic items such as a two-hour flight in an L39 Albatros Jet!
RUSI(NS) — Distinguished Speaker — May 13, 2015
Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia
The Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia will meet Wednesday, May 13, 2015, to hear a talk by Dr. David Hanzen, Director, Atlantic Research Centre, Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC). Dr. Hazen will speak on the changing role of DRDC in the Department of National Defence based on the 2014 Defence Science & Technology (S&T) Strategy.
The meeting will start at 12:00 pm at the Royal Artillery Park Officers' Mess with an informal, no-host get-together, followed by the talk at 12:30, then questions and answers, to finish about 1:30.
Upon completion of the speaker event, RUSI(NS) will convene for its Annual General Meeting. The AGM is planned to last no longer than an hour.
At this time, it is understood the mess will not be serving lunch. Sandwiches and cookies will be available for those attending the talk; there will be a small charge.
In preparation for the event, you may wish to read the S&T Strategy here.
Parking regulations are in place on the Base and people parking at Royal Artillery Park will need to "pay and display."
There is no need to confirm attendance. Guests are welcome.
Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael, CD, RCAF (ret'd), first female Snowbird Pilot and Commander, guest speaker at Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame 42nd Induction Ceremony
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael, CD, RCAF (ret'd) will be the guest speaker at the 42nd annual induction ceremony of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. The former RCAF pilot was the first woman chosen to be part of the Snowbirds demonstration flight team, and later became the Commanding Officer of the squadron.
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame to induct 4 new members and honour a Belt of Orion recipient
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members at its 42nd annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Skyservice hangar in Toronto, ON, at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. The annual black-tie event is a highlight in Canadian aviation celebration and draws attendance from across Canada.
The new members are:
• Arthur Roy Brown, DSC: WWI pilot and combat leader
• James Stuart "Jim" McBride: aviation entrepreneur
• George Miller, CD: leader of the Snowbirds aerobatic team, 1973
• Owen Bartley "O.B." Philp C.M., DFC, CD: a military pilot and driving spirit behind the formation of Canada's Aerial Demonstration Squadron — the Snowbirds.
• AeroVelo Inc. — Belt of Orion Award for Excellence.
RCAF Airwomen's 12th Reunion
June 5-7, 2015
The Coast High Country Inn
4051 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1H1
Your 12th Reunion Committee is hard at work finalizing plans for our reunion at The Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, YK.
#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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!"
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.
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.
2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion
There is going to be a 2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion, open to all who served in Europe from 1950 to 1991.
You can access the information at our webpage.
You can contact Gary Arnold, retired military, at 604-226-6894 or 1-800-661-3770.
You may also contact Christine Eden.
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) 291-3190
50 Minthorn Blvd., Suite 800, Thornhill, ON, L3T 7X8