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Canada to supply systems for U.S. satellites to improve search and rescue
Ottawa Citizen
Canada has received approval to install search and rescue repeaters on the U.S. Air Force's next generation Global Positioning System satellites. The repeaters provided by Canada's Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue satellite project will significantly cut down on the time it takes to locate a distress signal, according to Canadian Armed Forces officers. The 24 search-and-rescue repeaters will be installed on the USAF's GPS 3 satellites.
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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.
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Report: City should not buy building for 447 Wing
Hamilton Spectator
A new report is recommending that city councillors take a pass on a proposal to purchase a building on Homestead Drive in Mount Hope, and lease it back to the 447 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association. The idea was being explored by the real estate section of the city's planning and economic development department as a way to assist the organization, which is having difficulty managing the $2,700 monthly rent for the clubhouse it has used for the past six years.
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Family appreciates memorial project
Belleville Intelligencer
It's been an emotional time for Ann MacKenzie and Jane Perry. Until recently, Flying Officer John Irven MacKenzie was a little-known airman and one of Canada's more than 45,000 Second World War dead. But now, following an Intelligencer story, Perry and MacKenzie have learned Dutch volunteers are now working to create a memorial to their father and his fallen crew. The sisters are now corresponding with the project's researchers.
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Save the Canso a step closer to completion
Northern Pen
In the summer of 2013, a crew arrived in St. Anthony and Stephenville, NL, to remove the bomber engines from the Cansos located in those towns and use them potentially on their plane. The Canso Crew's mission, based out of Fairview, AB, is to return the Canso FNJE to flying condition and to tour the country as a flying museum, attending air shows and stopping in smaller communities to share the history with school children and the public.
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Lego-inspired WorkSafeBC video to be used by U.S. Air Force
CBC News
When the video editors at WorkSafeBC began making their short, information workplace injury prevention videos and uploading them to YouTube, they probably never imagined they would be seen by millions of people around the world. But the agency's clips have received over 25 million views and more than 18,000 subscribers worldwide, including a formal request from the U.S. Air Force to use one of them.
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Air Force looks to get the MOAST out of open architectures
Defense Systems
The Air Force wants to accelerate the speed at which it can add new systems to aircraft, and like other components of the military, it sees open architectures as the way to get there. The service's Mission Systems Open Architecture Science and Technology, or MOAST program, is looking to expand the emerging open architecture standards of the Open Mission Systems and Unmanned Aerospace Systems Command and Control Initiative for current and next-generation weapon systems.
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The Air Force will test the F-35 against the A-10 — but not until 2018
Defense One
If you're the Pentagon, how do you choose between an aging, but dependable, fighter jet and a brand new aircraft that you're not quite sure is up to the job? You have them fight it out, naturally. That's essentially what the Air Force said it would do when it announced that starting in 2018, it would pit the A-10 "Warthog" against the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in a series of tests to see if the new F-35s can adequately replace the A-10s, which the military wants to retire.
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North Saanich owner restores Canso to flying order (Peninsula News Review)
Members of Canadian Forces get help launching businesses (Global News)
Hundreds flock to local airport for family fun day (Waterloo Region Record)
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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...

Sept. 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.

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Snowbirds 45th Anniversary Reunion
431 Air Demonstration Squadron/Snowbirds Alumni Association
Registration is now open for the Snowbirds 45th Anniversary Reunion to be held in Moose Jaw from Oct. 8-11, 2015. Team Alumni, Honourary Snowbirds and Associate Members of the Snowbirds Alumni Association may register here. All details pertaining to the reunion, including cost, hotels and travel arrangements are available online. Former team members are also requested to send their contact details to the Snowbirds Alumni Association at
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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.

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2016 #1 Air Division Cruise Reunion

A Reunion cruise has been set up, to reunite former serving members, civilian staff and dependents who had the great fortune to be part of #1 Air Division in Europe.

The cruise will be aboard the Holland America ship, MS Nieuw Amsterdam — a highly-rated and new ship in their fleet. We will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 10, 2016 — sailing through the Panama Canal on her way to Vancouver, B.C. The cruise length is 20 nights. The ports of call will be:

Cartagena, Columbia
Cruising Panama Canal
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Corinto, Nicaragua
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Huatulco, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Diego, California
Victoria, B.C.
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, B.C.

As with all Panama Canal cruises — the ship will book up quickly — so the recommendation is to book soon to avoid disappointment. Already a core group are booked and ready to enjoy the companionship, the memories, wonderful weather, the ports and all the great amenities of life aboard a beautiful ship.

Visit our website!

Or, see us and join us on Facebook — #1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion — 2016

For further information, contact Gary Arnold —

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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

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