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Calgary RCAF veteran honoured for 7 decades of service
Seven decades after maintaining the bombers that helped win the Second World War, Russell Jasper is still receiving honours.
Recently, the 93-year-old received a pin for 70 years as a member of the Army Navy and Air Force Veterans (ANAVETS) Club at a banquet at the Forest Lawn Royal Canadian Legion.
But the Royal Canadian Air Force veteran, who kept Avro Lancasters flying and helped injured fliers out of shot-up aircraft, said his biggest honour are the decades he's spent selling poppies to help needy ex-warriors.
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Portion of RCAF plane lifted from Lake Muskoka
Waterloo Region Record
A young airman from Guelph killed during the Second World War was one of two airmen honoured recently with a moment of silence as wreckage of their crashed plane was pulled from an Ontario lake.
A recovery team hoisted a wheel and part of the plane's tail section from Lake Muskoka, where the Northrop A-17 Nomad aircraft sank in December 1940 after a mid-air collision. Both airplanes were on a rescue mission searching for an airman who had gone missing.
Canada needs a fighter jet that matches its missions
The Globe and Mail
"Our pilots cannot do their jobs from 15,000 feet!" the retired Air vice-marshal exclaimed. "We need our Harriers down low where they can see the enemy."
It was March, 1999. The Air vice-marshal was speaking at Oxford University; the Harriers were subsonic jets favoured for ground attack missions by the Royal Air Force and U.S. Marines. And NATO leaders had just ordered their pilots to bomb Serbian paramilitaries in Kosovo while staying safely beyond the reach of their guns.
14 Wing Greenwood planes leave to join ISIS fight
Two military aircraft left Nova Scotia's 14 Wing Greenwood recently to join the mission against ISIS in Iraq.
The CP-140 Aurora aircraft are heading to the Middle East to help in the fight over Iraqi skies. A total of 80 pilots and personnel are going; 46 left previously and 34 left this time. The auroras will be used for reconnaissance. Canadian aircraft also deployed over Libya three years ago.
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War medal mystery unites families
One rainy day some 60 years ago, Mary Holland spotted a flash of metal at the bottom of a watery ditch.
The Mission, B.C., high school student fished the object from the water. It was sterling silver, a cross tipped with three maple leaves and a single crown, a royal insignia wreathed at its heart. The back held an engraving: "F. O. K. D. Wallingford."
Canada seeks ISR planes for special operations
Canada's special operations forces are planning to acquire a small fleet of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to improve their capability to track and target insurgents on the ground. It would be the first time that Canada has fielded such a capability. Four aircraft will be purchased, outfitted with signals intercept capability and sensors to target ground movement.
Photos: Here are the weapons RCAF CF-18 pilots could face
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) released on Twitter some photos from the Iraqi city of Ramadi, now occupied by its forces. They show some anti-aircraft guns operated by ISIL (it actually looks like the same truck-mounted AA gun, just photographed in different locations). This is the type of threat CF-18 pilots could be facing from the ground.
5 Wing Goose Bay hosts large NORAD exercise
5 Wing Goose Bay was buzz with activity recently, as more than 30 aircraft and 500 Canadian and American personnel were on site as part of Exercise Vigilant Shield. Canadian and American troops enacted various combat training scenarios over the skies of Labrador with five different military aircraft including Canadian CF-18s and eight ACCS, and American F-15s, E-3 AWACs, and KC-135 tankers.
Cold War fighter jets land at Calgary's Military Museums
She was a temperamental winged star of the Cold War that's now nesting in Calgary.
Calgarian Ken Lett flew the CF-104 Starfighter for five years in the 1960s and recalls a much-loved but demanding strike fighter that recalled another era of seemingly endless conflict.
"It's a little bit like the relationship with the opposite sex — it needs tender loving care," said the retired major-general who also flew Spitfires during the Second World War.
Provincial Aerospace and Airbus to pursue search and rescue contract
A St. John's-based aerospace company is a step closer to playing a substantial role in the provision of search and rescue services in this country.
Provincial Aerospace has signed a so-called "teaming agreement" with aerospace giant Airbus Defence and Space to pursue a lucrative contract to replace this country's aging fleet of fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft.
Airbus is touting its C295 as the answer to Canada's search and rescue needs, having sold more than 140 of the twin-engine turboprop aircraft in 19 countries.
Lockheed, Pentagon reach $4 billion deal for more F-35 jets
Lockheed Martin and U.S. defense officials have reached agreement on the terms of a contract worth about $4 billion for an eighth batch of 43 F-35 fighter jets, sources familiar with the deal said recently.
The contract will lower the cost of the radar-evading warplane by about three per cent and includes jets to be built for the U.S. military, Britain and other U.S. allies, according to the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly.
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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.
Canadian Aerospace Summit announces first program confirmations
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
The Summit program will feature industry experts on technology, skills, advanced manufacturing, space, and more.
Themed "One World: Delivering Results in a Global Market," the 2014 Canadian Aerospace Summit's conference program will include:
• Barry Kohler, President and CEO, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada
• Perrin Beatty, President, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
• Jayson Meyers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME)
• Space panel with senior representatives from NASA and CSA
• Global aerospace trends panel with international industry experts, moderated by Joe Anselmo, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week
• Major platform presentations with senior representatives of major global OEMs, including Debbie Rub, Vice President and Global Manager, Global Strike, Boeing.
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, 2015
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