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Royal Canadian Air Force monument unveiled in west Edmonton neighbourhood of Griesbach
Edmonton Sun
With the sounds of F-18 fighter jets buzzing in the skies above, a new 10-metre tall monument commemorating the Royal Canadian Air Force was erected in Edmonton recently. In a culmination ceremony for RCAF Week, the stainless steel sculpture named "Ad Astra," which is part of the RCAF motto and means "to the stars," was erected in a park in the Village at Griesbach in west Edmonton — a neighbourhood built on the former Griesbach military base.
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The F-35 is now unaffordable thanks to the low Canadian dollar
National Post
The Royal Canadian Air Force's hoped-for-purchase of F-35 fighter jets has hit another obstacle, in the form of a Canadian dollar that has dropped 25 per cent against its U.S. counterpart since 2013. Another, less expensive, non-developmental plane will now need to be chosen to replace the three decade-old CF-18s. The cost of the F-35 first became an issue in 2010 when the Harper government announced it would acquire 65 of the planes for $9 billion, with a total project cost of $16 billion. The Canadian dollar was then at $0.96.
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Team Spartan using delay to refine its FWSAR proposal
Skies Magazine
Canada's fixed-wing search and rescue (FWSAR) capability is a mixed bag of 1960s-vintage deHavilland CC-115 Buffalo and mid-1990s Lockheed Martin CC-130H Hercules aircraft. Steve Lucas, a retired Royal Canadian Air Force officer, is unequivocally confident that an Italian-designed twin-engine turboprop, the Alenia C-27J Spartan, can replace both fleets admirably. "We have the best airplane for the job," said Lucas, a navigator who capped his RCAF career as Chief of the Air Stafffrom 2005 until he retired in 2007, and who now is Canadian spokesperson for Team Spartan.
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DND to spend up to $500 million upgrading CF-18 fighter fleet to extend life by 5 years
Hill Times Online
Delays in large-scale production of U.S. Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth war planes combined with the Harper government's failure to commit to competitive bidding for a new fighter jet have led to a Department of National Defence plan for a $500 million upgrade to extend the life of Canada's vintage CF-18 fighter fleet by five years, a new industry acquisition guide for the fighter program shows.
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Military-wide Search and Rescue Exercise lands in the Valley
Comox Valley Echo
The Royal Canadian Air Force hosted the National Search and Rescue Exercise recently at 19 Wing Comox. This year's annual exercise, organized by 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, involved personnel and aircraft from the Canadian Armed Forces, the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association, the Canadian Coast Guard, and the United States Coast Guard.
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Air Show Atlantic 2015 impressed fans, and will return in the next few years
Summerside Journal Pioneer
The Air Show Atlantic is always a hit, but to not receive a single complaint is outstanding, said executive director Colin Stephenson. "It was a real success, especially in the age of social media where it's so easy to complain, we didn't receive a single negative comment." Stephenson said they're happy the fans enjoyed the show, which took place recently. "The site set up beautifully with the cooperation of our host facility at Slemon Park and our volunteers we've gotten to know since 2011. When the fans arrived, everything worked perfectly."
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Indiana Jones-looking adventurer uncovers lost WWII planes for the Pentagon
Toronto Sun
Justin Taylan has been to the remote Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea dozens of times over the past two decades, spending countless hours slogging through crocodile-infested swamps in his quest to document as many Second World War airplane wreck sites as possible. Since 2013, he has conducted those missions for the newly reorganized Pentagon agency whose predecessor he and others had criticized for years for failing to recover and identify more remains of U.S. service members.
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Air Force to have lasers on its fighters by 2020
Popular Mechanics
The Navy has a seaborne death-laser on patrol in the Gulf Coast, futuristic railguns in testing, and wants better versions of both in the next five years. Meanwhile, the Air Force isn't slacking; it's projecting flying jet-mounted lasers by 2020. "I believe we'll have a directed energy pod we can put on a fighter plane very soon," Air Force General Hawk Carlisle said at the recent Air Force Association Air & Space conference, as reported by Ars Technica. ​
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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 Registration closes TODAY!!
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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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2015 Canadian Aerospace Summit: The Official Program is now available
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
The CAS2015 Organizing Committee is proud to announce that program for the 2015 Canadian Aerospace Summit is now available! Held under the theme The Sky is the Limit, conference presentations will provide Canadian and international perspectives on the future of the industry. Featuring speakers from companies of all sizes and sectors, the program is sure to provide you with new insights and opportunities to grow your business.

Full program details


Early-bird registration deadline is Oct. 16. Don't miss out on the opportunity to save about 15 per cent on the standard rates.

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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 Jan. 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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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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