Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) recently stood at attention in full dress uniform, despite the sweltering heat, to honour the pilots who fought and died during the Battle of Britain. The Battle of Britain wasn’t so much a battle as it was a three-month onslaught, where British and Canadian pilots fought off an aerial invasion by the German air force, the “Luftwaffe,” beginning in the summer of 1940. The Royal Canadian Air Force Association Wing 424 has held an annual ceremony to honour the pilots who died trying to keep the Luftwaffe from crossing the English Channel 77 years ago. READ MORE
The Vancouver Sun
As the showdown between Bombardier and Boeing threatens to scuttle any deal for Canada’s purchase of Super Hornet jets, the Canadian military expects to finalize by next year the details on how it will upgrade its existing fleet of fighters. The modernization plan for the CF-18s will become even more critical as the Liberal government now tries to figure out its next steps. READ MORE
Bombardier faces the prospect of a double barrel of bad news today affecting its commercial aircraft and railway businesses. The first hit on the Canadian company could come from Europe with the announcement of a possible deal to merge Germany’s railway manufacturer Siemens with Alstom of France. READ MORE
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has somewhat suggested he might be open to rethinking Canadian involvement in the U.S. ballistic missile defence system. Although he hasn’t at this point reversed the decision of previous Canadian governments not to become involved in the U.S. ground-based missile defence system, news media outlets point out he opened the door, albeit a little, when he acknowledged his government will look at how to deal the situation with North Korea’s missiles. READ MORE
A United Nations peacekeeping force populated with Canadians may, in the estimation of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, be the “shortest way” to end fighting in his troubled land, but his determination to exclude Russia could make for a long, uncertain road. Contributing to a UN-led intervention in Ukraine’s troubled, breakaway eastern districts would, on the surface, be appealing to the Liberal government. READ MORE
Recently, the ownership of Lancaster bomber KB882 officially changed hands from from the City of Edmundston, N.B. to the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton. The Royal Canadian Air Force has started to dismantle the aircraft to prepare for its transport to its new home in Quinte West. In a media release, the RCAF indicated KB882 symbolizes the more than 50,000 Canadians who served in Bomber Command during the Second World War and nearly 10,000 who died. READ MORE
A body found in a Second World War plane that crashed in India could be a Peterborough man who went missing in 1944. The late Clare Pymer McWilliams was a wireless operator and air gunner in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). He was declared missing on June 1, 1944, when his RAF 117 Squadron Dakota aircraft didn’t return to India after a supply-dropping operation over Burma. He was 23. READ MORE
Ian Allan Travel
On Aug. 17, 1917, South African General Jan Smuts presented a report to the British government’s War Council setting out his ideas on the future of air power. The report was duly approved and led to the formation of the world’s first air force being born on the April 1, 1918. The Royal Air Force (RAF) was formed by the amalgamation of the squadrons and military personnel of the British Army’s “Royal Flying Corps” (RFC) with the Royal Navy’s “Royal Naval Air Service” (RNAS). READ MORE
Air Cadet League of Canada
RCAF Association members and especially those in support of Canada’s Air Cadet program, we encourage you to visit this website at this link, here, to view items and prizes that go up for auction beginning Sept. 23. Proceeds from the online auction will help fund the air cadet program. If you own a business, or know of a business, and would like to feature a product from the business, on the auction, please contact “Anthony” firstname.lastname@example.org. Please help promote the online auction!
In the coming weeks, we ask that you pass this on to everyone in your network… it is all about getting lots of bidders to our site in order to achieve success! Email, Facebook, webpages…any avenue you have to help promote it to your network will be helpful!
We hope there might be a unique gift that fits your fancy. You can view the items now; if you see something you like, be sure to register as a bidder (it’s free to register). The bidding will start on Saturday Sept. 23 and run untilMonday Oct. 9. You will be notified throughout the auction if someone else has bid higher, but you can keep on bidding to make sure you win that special gift!
The RCAF Association mission is: “YOUTH-HERITAGE-ADVOCACY”
As you can see our kids are first in our thoughts! Help support the Air Cadet League Today!
Tickets for the 75th Anniversary Gathering of the Lions Gala are now on sale! This all-ranks event will take placeSaturday, Oct. 14, 2017, to include a dinner catered by Ullrich’s on Main, live music from a selection of the Ottawa Valley’s best artists, and a chance for Lions, both current and former, to come together in celebration. READ MORE
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
On Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in collaboration with the Royal Military College, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is honoured to present the Birchall Leadership Award to Colonel (Retired) Chris Hadfield, OC, OOnt, MSC, CD. Colonel Hadfield was the first Canadian to walk in space. A Royal Military College graduate, an engineer, and former Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) fighter pilot, Colonel Hadfield has flown two space shuttle missions and served as Commander of the International Space Station.
For more information about the Birchall Leadership Awards Banquet: http://everitas.rmcclub.ca/birchall-leadership-award-dinner-28-oct/
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada event brings together Canadian and international companies of all sizes, government, and academia for two days in the nation’s capital. More than 1,200 participants — primarily C-suite executives and government officials — are expected to attend. READ MORE
Sea King Retirement Committee
After more than 50 years of service, the Sea King will be retired December 2018 at 443MH Victoria. Advance planning is underway. Visit www.skr18.ca for updates.
Air Cadet League of Canada
Were you an Air Cadet? The Air Cadet League wants to know where being an Air Cadet has taken you; join the Air Cadet Alumni and share your “Cadet Story” with us. READ MORE